QUOTE(Paladin Elspeth @ Nov 11 2008, 05:23 PM)
1. Will the secret service get involved in preventing Fred Phelps from setting up a protest at Obama's Grandmother's Funeral?
They will have to make sure that the President Elect and his family are safe. It would also be nice if they constrained Fred Phelps and the Westboro Baptist Church from being within earshot at the funeral/burial site.
Not sure why they could justify "earshot", how does being within earshot somehow render Obama's family any less safe?
2. If Phelps is prevented from protesting this funeral should the ACLU sue on behalf of Fred Phelps and Westboro Baptist Church?
Mike, we need a :throws up hands in frustration: emoticon; I suspect it would be used a lot.
That and a shoulder shrug!1. Will the secret service get involved in preventing Fred Phelps from setting up a protest at Obama's Grandmother's Funeral?
Don't see why they would, given that the ACLU and its cronies have done a bang up job over the last 40 years arguing that decency has little Constitutional value. "Security" can't be used to justify any greater restrictions than already are in play regarding funerals, since the restrictions in play now keep folks further from "the principals" than a campaign stop routinely permits. The SS would
be justified in insuring that the Phelps crew isn't packing though. Furthermore, the Secret Service would be on mighty flimsy ground if the funeral is in Hawaii, since AFAICT Hawaii hasn't implemented any funeral protest restrictions. Folks in Hawaii have enough sense not to protest a funeral, likely courtesy of ohana
. Nor is it likely that the federal ban would apply, unless she's to be buried in a National Cemetery. On the other hand, the Secret Service may simply prevent them from protesting and deal with the court case later.2. If Phelps is prevented from protesting this funeral should the ACLU sue on behalf of Fred Phelps and Westboro Baptist Church?
Common sense and decency tells me "no! nyet! nada! nichts! they shouldn't." My sense of schadenfreude
and delicious irony says "hell yes!" Here's to hoping that these knuckleheads take a "3 hour tour" before the funeral while in Hawaii and aren't heard from for a couple of months. Call it a Conspiracy of Decency.