- The Washington Times - Monday, March 7, 2011

I disagree with Wednesday’s U.S. Supreme Court decision to protect the rights of protesters at military funerals (“Supreme Court upholds protests at military funerals as free speech,” Page 1, Thursday).

A funeral is an intensely private event. It is a time of untold grief, in which mourners say final goodbyes to a friend or family member. Sadly, military funerals today are usually funerals of young people, people’s children who have paid the highest price for serving their country.

Not only are the comments of the protesters highly prejudicial, they usually have nothing to do with the person being buried. To allow foul-mouthed strangers - who often bear signs reading “America is doomed” and “God loves dead soldiers” - to demonstrate at these funerals is insensitive, cruel and a mockery to all things we value and hold precious and sacred.

KENNETH L. ZIMMERMAN

Huntington Beach, Calif.