Members of the Phelps clan have a right to their opinions and beliefs, however twisted. But they shouldn’t harass grieving families at funerals. In our editorial in today’s Opinion pages, we support reasonable “time-place” restrictions on funeral protests as long as they balance free speech concerns.
State officials also must acknowledge that the Phelpses — often identified as a “Kansas group” — are severely hurting the state’s image. It would be great to see Gov. Kathleen Sebelius, Kansas lawmakers and religious leaders publicly denounce this hateful cult and affirm Kansas’ commitment to diversity, tolerance and decency.
Posted by Randy Scholfield
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