Anti-War T-Shirt Draws Flak

They want him to stop using fallen soldiers' names on shirts
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 24, 2007 9:33 AM CDT
The names of soldiers killed in Iraq scroll across one of Flagstaff businessman Dan Frazier's T-shirts Tuesday May 15 2007. State lawmakers in Arizona voted Monday to make it illegal to use the names...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – An Arizona entrepreneur who prints the name of troops killed in Iraq on anti-war T-shirts is getting heat from soldiers' families who say he's disrespecting the dead. Dan Frazier's shirts have slogans such as "Bush Lied" and "They Died" superimposed over the names.  Five states have passed laws forbidding the commercial use of deceased soldiers names without permission from the military or next-of-kin.

Frazier insists it's a matter of free speech, a principle for which the soldiers died. Families say their dead sons and daughters are being exploited. "From the time that they're born, your main concern is trying to make sure they're protected," said one father. "It does not end when they have died." Legislation has also been introduced in Congress.