Sunday, September 24, 2006

Kline and Tiahrt stifle free speech

Under the disguise of trying to stop the truly obnoxious Fred Phelps, Attorney General Phill Kline and U.S. Rep. Todd Tiahrt are trying to curb civil liberties against legal protests.

According to an editorial in The Wichita Eagle, Sep. 23, 2006:

“Attorney General Phill Kline and a group of state legislators want to revive the Kansas protest bill next session. They have also enlisted U.S. Rep. Todd Tiahrt, R-Goddard, who is proposing a federal law that would prevent those who challenge funeral protest laws (read: the American Civil Liberties Union or the Phelpses) from being able to collect attorney fees if they win, as required under federal civil rights law.”

Of course this law could make it prohibitively expensive to challenge the Kansas government on anything. Kline and Tiahrt are actually able to make Fred Phelps look like a victim. And that’s not easy.

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