Category Archives: Westboro Baptist
The five or six haters from Westboro Baptist were counter-protested by hundreds of people today before Elizabeth Edwards funeral. From a local report:
A counter protest aimed at members of the Kansas based Westboro Baptist Church drew hundreds to downtown Raleigh Saturday.
Organizers said they sought to drown out the anti-gay group which sent members to Raleigh to protest at the Elizabeth Edwards funeral – saying she advocated for homosexual rights during her life.
By 11:30 Saturday morning, Westboro members were yelling at the counter protest group calling itself the Line of Love, but it was hard to tell what they were saying. The Edwards supporters responded with cheers and applause.
In other news, the same assholes from Westboro showed up in my son’s neck of the woods yesterday. McAlester, OK a very small, rural, almost tiny town, has been a target for Westboro after their last military funeral protest there found their van with two slashed tires.Keep in mind that OK keeps electing the rightwing nutter/neocon Tom Coburn to Congress, so to me, the fact that they stood up to the hate-filled assholes from Westboro speaks volumes. From the NewsOK link:
Under the guard of about three dozen law enforcement officers, eight members of the Westboro Baptist Church picketed three locations in town for two hours Friday and left the city with their tires intact.
Stung by their last visit to McAlester, the church members and their van were provided a police escort to each protest site and then promptly out of town.
While the church members protested, police stood guard over their van to prevent a repeat of their last visit, when two of the tires on their vehicle were slashed.
Assistant Police Chief Darrell Miller said officers were ordered to protect the van because “We want these people out of here as soon as possible.”
The heavy police presence was expected to cost the city of McAlester nearly $1,500 in overtime pay, Miller said.
Seven evening shift officers had to be called in early to provide protection, and 10 SWAT team officers also were used, he said.
Assisting McAlester police were troopers with the Oklahoma Highway Patrol, Pittsburg County sheriff’s deputies and a few officers from nearby Krebs.
When the church members last visited McAlester to picket at a soldier’s funeral on Nov. 13, they were met by nearly 1,000 counter-protesters.
It makes me really fucking angry that small cities like McAlester are forced to spend thousands to actually protect the fuckwads from Westboro. That is one of the reasons why I believe hate speech should not be protected by the 1st Amendment.
Westboro Baptist Church, a group with a history of staging protests at funerals and issuing anti-gay statements, is planning to picket the Saturday funeral of Elizabeth Edwards.
The group said it will picket outside Edenton Street United Methodist Church in Raleigh from 12:15 until 1 p.m. when the funeral is scheduled to begin.
These publicity whores are really on my last nerve. Crazy? No…limelight seeking bags of sheep shit? Oh Hell Yes. It has to be all about the publicity, I am finally convinced…it’s not about gays. They travel nationally to picket funerals, so it’s as obvious as the homophobic, publicity-mongering nose on Freddy Phelps ugly, hateful face.Hopefully Phelps God will show him no mercy when he finally meets his maker…which btw, can not come to soon for me.
Since I personally believe that hate speech should not be protected speech, I pray to Buddha that this case, known as Snyder v Phelps, now up before SCOTUS, bankrupts those fucking nutters at Westboro Baptist and finally shuts those scum-sucking, attention-getting bastards up permanently. All the briefs have been filed. From the FirstAmendmentCenter.org link above:
Snyder v. Phelps forces the Supreme Court to assess some of the most unpopular speech ever placed before it: virulent protests staged at military funerals.
Members of the Westboro Baptist Church in Topeka, Kan., have been picketing funerals of U.S. soldiers killed in Iraq or Afghanistan, with the message that America is being punished for tolerating homosexuality. At issue is whether a verdict assessing damages against the church for causing emotional distress to a soldier’s family in Maryland violates the First Amendment.
The Court granted review on March 8, and the briefing for the case is complete, with organizations on both sides filing 15 friend-of-the-court briefs. The case is set for argument Oct. 6 with Margie Phelps, daughter of the church’s pastor, Fred Phelps, scheduled to argue her family’s cause. Representing the family of soldier Matthew Snyder will be Sean Summers of the York, Pa., law firm Barley Snyder.
SCOTUS Blog has the history and most of the info here on Snyder v Phelps.
The judge overseeing the lawsuit by the father of a marine killed in action who’s funeral was picketed by the sick bastards of Westboro Baptist, has ordered liens on the church building and a law office owned by the Phelps family of wingnuts. From the article linked above:
A federal judge in Maryland on Thursday ordered liens on the Westboro Baptist Church building and the Phelps-Chartered Law office.
If the case presided over by U.S. District Court Judge Richard D. Bennett is upheld by an appeals court, the church, at 3701 S.W. 12th, and the office building, at 1414 S.W. Topeka Blvd., could be obtained by the court and sold, with the proceeds being applied toward $5 million in damages Bennett imposed on church members for picketing a military funeral.
I really can’t believe this suit hasn’t been tossed by now. Its a freedom of speech issue to me and although I would like nothing better than to see Fred Phelps and his wingnuts poverty-stricken and churchless..this case seems wrong on its face. It is being painted as an invasion of privacy and emotional distress issue by the father of the killed Marine and his attorneys.
I wish the father well and good luck in bringing down the nastiest bunch of whackjobs allowed to inhabit our planet.
A big hat tip to FireDogLake for the 411 on this story. It’s not all over the MSM, which frankly doesn’t surprise me one iota. As FDL notes, this bankrupts the homophobic bastard known as Fred Phelps and his church of homophobic phreaks at Westboro Baptist. Its judgment day for Freddy and his clan. U.S. District Judge Richard Bennett noted the size of the award for compensating damages “far exceeds the net worth of the defendants,” according to financial statements filed with the court. (emphasis mine) From an AP article on the award:
Members of a fundamentalist Kansas church ordered to pay nearly $11 million in damages to a grieving father smiled as they walked out of the courtroom, vowing that the verdict would not deter them from protesting at military funerals.
“Absolutely, don’t you understand this was an act in futility?” said Shirley Phelps-Roper, whose father founded the Westboro Baptist Church.
Members promised to picket future funerals with placards bearing such slogans as “Thank God for dead soldiers” and “God hates fags.” They believe that U.S. deaths in the Iraq war are punishment for the nation’s tolerance of homosexuality.
They say they are entitled to protest at funerals under the First Amendment, which guarantees freedom of speech and religion.
Albert Snyder sued the Topeka, Kan., church after a protest last year at the funeral of his son, Marine Lance Cpl. Matthew Snyder, who was killed in Iraq. He claimed the protests intruded upon what should have been a private ceremony and sullied his memory of the event. A jury agreed.
On Wednesday, the church and three of its leaders — Fred Phelps and his two daughters, Phelps-Roper and Rebekah Phelps-Davis — were found liable for invasion of privacy and intent to inflict emotional distress.
The jury first awarded $2.9 million in compensatory damages. It returned later in the afternoon with its decision to award $6 million in punitive damages for invasion of privacy and $2 million for causing emotional distress.
Pay up you sumbitch.
Edit..here is their version of God hates the world..watch it and weep for the lives being fucked up by Phelps and his nutjobs
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