Honoring Those Who Died – Orson Scott Card
Brother Orson continues to pump out some good article. In this one, he proposes something I could really get behind:
Here is what I propose. Forget the constitutional amendment about flags. Let’s demand that Congress pass a law banning any kind of political demonstration within the sight or hearing of people in attendance at the funerals, viewings, or burials of men and women who died in uniform, and forbidding demonstrating at or defacing their grave.
Patriotic display would be exempted, of course — because the rituals of leavetaking should include the right of family and friends to speak in favor of what the soldier sacrificed for.
Anyone who breaks this law by holding up signs or shouting slogans or throwing things at such a funeral would receive a felony conviction, including the loss of their right to vote, and a mandatory sentence of exactly one year.
I would support such a law 100%
The Centrist responded (by email) with the following:
And I responded with this:
> You can’t jail someone just because he’s stupid and uncouth and lets it
But this is a little different. A funeral is something sacred as it is. But when it’s a soldier that has given the greatest sacrifice it’s even that much more sacred.
This is different from the flag-burning. The flag is a symbol, albeit sacred. This is an individual and a family.
> Wouldn’t it be ironic to have a protester jailed for demonstrating at
> the funeral of a serviceman who gave his life trying to bring free
> speech (among other things) to a foreign nation?
I guarantee that if you somehow could to ask that soldier that he would side with me. Freedom of speech has it’s limits. There are laws protecting people from slander and such. There are also laws (as indicated in OSC’s article) that prohibit certain demonstrations in front of abortion clinics.
This should be one of those limits. Perhaps not a full year, but at least some jail time (3-6 months) and a financial fine.