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  • Gov. Scott Walker: It’s ‘Unfathomable’ That Nat’l Guard Member Posted These Photos Online

    02/19/2014 7:50:55 AM PST · by KeyLargo · 17 replies
    The Blaze ^ | Feb 19, 2014 | Dave Urbanski
    Gov. Scott Walker: It’s ‘Unfathomable’ That Nat’l Guard Member Posted These Photos Online Feb. 19, 2014 10:25am Dave Urbanski Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker said it’s an “outrage” that a now-suspended National Guard member posted photos making light of military funerals online. Spc. Terry Harrison was suspended after posting photos making light of military funerals. (Image source: WISN-TV) “To me, it’s just completely unacceptable,’ the Republican governor told WISN-TV in Milwaukee. “It’s an outrage. It’s unfathomable to me that people who are not just service members, but who were picked to be in this highly specialized area, wouldn’t be sensitive enough...
  • Funeral Foibles. How many Catholic funerals lack balance and do not teach clearly on the Last Things

    11/11/2013 2:26:04 AM PST · by markomalley · 17 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 11/10/2013 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    I was recently asked by the Archdiocese of Washington to lead a workshop for catechists that focused on the catechetical teachings implicit in the funeral rites of the Church. At first, I was somewhat surprised at the request. It didn’t strike me as the first sort of topic that one might speak about when speaking to catechists.But quickly, I warmed to the topic. I have long held that the way in which we conduct ourselves at funerals, in the manner of preaching and other visible attitudes, not only teaches poorly, but is often a countersign of biblical and Church teaching...
  • Where are they buried?

    11/01/2013 9:10:05 AM PDT · by Welchie25 · 2 replies
    Catholic Review ^ | 10/31/13 | George P. Matysek Jr.
    Founders of religious communities, prominent lay Catholics, philanthropists and church leaders are among the many Catholics whose final resting places are located within the Archdiocese of Baltimore. Many know that Archbishop John Carroll, the first Catholic bishop in the United States, is entombed beside other bishops in the crypt at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Baltimore. The Cathedral of Mary Our Queen in Homeland is the final resting place for spiritual shepherds including Cardinal Lawrence Shehan and Archbishop William D. Borders. There are also lesser-known Catholics who have made an...
  • Assembly leader dated figure in funeral scandal

    10/10/2013 7:38:32 AM PDT · by GSWarrior · 21 replies
    sfgate.com ^ | 10/9/13 | Lance Williams
    For more than a year, Assembly Speaker John Pérez dated a Hollywood funeral director who faces fraud allegations in one of the biggest financial scandals to rock the U.S. funeral industry. During their relationship, Pérez, a Los Angeles Democrat, mixed political business with his personal life in ways that showed poor judgment, ethics experts say. A Pérez spokesman said the lawmaker conducted himself appropriately during a casual dating relationship. Tyler Cassity, proprietor of a boutique cemetery called Hollywood Forever as well as a Mill Valley cemetery, and defendant in a $600 million fraud lawsuit in his native Missouri, accompanied Pérez...
  • Luckiest Person on Earth

    08/15/2013 5:07:07 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 1 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 15, 2013 | Jackie Gingrich Cushman
    This past Saturday, Dr. Steve Davis gave the message at my mother's funeral. As pastor of First Baptist Church of Carrollton, Ga., he recounted that, during a recent visit, she told him that she was the luckiest person on earth. Take her circumstances into account: She had endured and beaten both uterine cancer (in the 1970s) and colon cancer (she was given a clean bill of health last month). She had entered a nursing home in 2006, where many thought she would stay (including my sister and me), but returned home to live on her own in 2007. She suffered...
  • 'Rent a Mourner' fills your funeral with fake friends

    04/02/2013 2:16:26 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 40 replies
    CBC News ^ | March 27, 2013 | Lauren O'Neil
    It's a niggling question familiar to anyone who has ever thrown a party; What if nobody shows up? A new company in the U.K. is addressing - and capitalizing upon - that fear by promising to ensure your last gathering on earth is a very well attended one. Rent-a-mourner, based in Essex, hires out actors at a rate of $70 Cdn per hour to attend funerals as "professional grievers." Their goal is help the deceased appear sufficiently popular and beloved, going so far as to cry openly and behave as if they knew the person in front of their friends...
  • Funeral Etiquette: Why Bringing a Funeral Procession through a Burger Drive-thru is a Bad Idea

    02/02/2013 3:23:55 PM PST · by NYer · 20 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | February 1, 2013 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    The video below shows “American tacky” in all its glory. A man who loved Burger King dies and his family honors him by taking the funeral procession through the Burger King “drive thru.” Free Burgers for all on the way to the Cemetery, hearse and all.I’ve seen worse, I have to admit. Probably at the top of the list is and “Funeral Home Drive- thru” where the deceased is actually on display in a window. No need to get out of your car and actually visit the family. No, that’s too much trouble and lacks the kind of convenience we...
  • Chicago police to increase security at gang funerals

    12/06/2012 7:14:03 AM PST · by KeyLargo · 24 replies
    My Fox Chicago ^ | Dec 5, 2012 | Craig Wall
    Chicago police to increase security at gang funerals Updated: Dec 05, 2012 9:42 PM CST By Craig Wall, FOX 32 News reporter CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) - Rahm Emanuel announced Wednesday that gang funerals in Chicago will start to be treated like "gang events," including increased police presence, pat-downs, and searches outside of funeral homes and churches. "Where there's a gang funeral — given that they have shown no respect for a place of worship — we're gonna change how they're gonna operate. The Police Department is gonna change the way they deal with gang funerals," the mayor said.
  • Gang-related funeral processions upset residents of Beverly, Mount Greenwood

    09/25/2012 5:17:52 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 7 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | September 25, 2012 | Jeremy Gorner
    As the funeral procession headed through Chicago's Far Southwest Side, mourners weaved in and out of traffic, leaned out of car windows as they sang to music blaring from their stereos and flashed gang signs, a video on YouTube showed. These rowdy processions for slain street gang members have upset many residents of Mount Greenwood and Beverly, who say they create a public safety problem. There have even been reports of shots fired, police say. Neighbors want a number of cemeteries in the area as well as funeral homes to take more responsibility for the mayhem, but the businesses say...
  • (MN Cong. John)Kline saves Fort Snelling rifles

    02/08/2012 7:27:24 PM PST · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 10 replies
    StarTribune.com ^ | 2/8/12 | Kevin Diaz
    After an inquiry by U.S. Rep. John Kline, R-Minn., the Pentagon is reversing a decision to limit the Fort Snelling Memorial Rifle Squad’s access to the ceremonial rifles they use for military burials. And to ensure other veterans don’t face similar red tape, Kline also is introducing legislation that will enable the Army to loan or donate excess rifles to eligible organizations – including local chapters of the American Legion and VFW. The move comes after members of the Rifle Squad complained to Kline, a retired Marine Colonel, that the Army wanted to recoup a number of their vintage ceremonial...
  • No way to treat a lady

    01/01/2012 8:11:10 PM PST · by chessplayer · 23 replies
    NY Post ^ | 1/1/2012 | Kyle Smith
    When it comes to the feminist version of history (sorry — herstory!), it’s hurrah for Gloria Steinem. She started a magazine nobody ever read. And cheers for Billie Jean King, the tennis player who proved a young professional athlete could beat a 55-year-old slob. Give it up for Indira Gandhi and Hillary Clinton, who proved that you could sweep into power on the coattails of your dad or husband, and by all means let us celebrate Oprah Winfrey, who proved that you could spin mystical mumbo-jumbo, airy empowerment talk and perpetual wounded victimhood into a billion-dollar sisterhood racket. What about...
  • Cremation (vanity question)

    12/26/2011 11:52:08 AM PST · by Dallas59 · 267 replies · 3+ views
    freerepublic.com ^ | 12/26/2011 | Me.
    Question on Cremation. Does the Bible say anything about it? Is it forbidden?
  • Fort Snelling squad sticking to its guns

    12/23/2011 9:52:25 PM PST · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 24 replies
    StarTribune.com ^ | 11/21/11 | Kevin Diaz
    After some 60,000 burials over the past three decades, the veterans on the Fort Snelling Memorial Rifle Squad have gotten used to their World War I vintage Springfield 03 bolt action rifles. Now the Army wants to replace them with a newer model. But it won't be without a fight. "What the heck is the problem?" said Tom Mullon, a 74-year-old Vietnam War-era veteran and 12-year volunteer for the squad, which fires off three rifle volleys followed by taps at veterans' burials. "The whole squad is irked about it. We're doing a job for the Army, and we don't cost...
  • More Americans Are Forgoing $10,000 Funerals Than Ever Before (Obama Depression)

    12/09/2011 2:16:19 PM PST · by GlockThe Vote · 54 replies
    BI ^ | December 9, 2011 | Mandi Woodruff
    A weakened economy has spurred Americans to revamp their household budgets from the ground up – even in the afterlife. With the average cost of a typical burial service hovering around the $10,000 mark, cremation has become the go-to burial practice for more than 41 percent of American deaths, The New York Times' Kevin Sack reports. There are a number of factors that could be behind the spike in cremations, with budget restraints landing at the top of the list. According to the National Cremation Research Council, crematory services cost a little more than $1,100 on average – a fraction...
  • Smith used Lds funerals to introduce necro-baptism, 'becoming gods' [The OTHER World Series: Vanity]

    10/31/2011 5:00:13 PM PDT · by Colofornian · 28 replies · 1+ views
    Colofornian | Oct. 31, 2011 | Colofornian
    The dead -- and funerals for them -- figured heavy into the history of Mormon theology. Did you know that… …two of the most distinctive Mormon doctrines were first revealed at a location where the focus was on the dead? …two teachings that serve as the “heart” of the Mormon version of their “gospel?” …and that these two doctrines are not taught in the Book of Mormon? …despite the reality that another Mormon “scripture” – Doctrines & Covenants – repeatedly claims that “the Book of Mormon…contains…the fulness of the gospel” (20:8-9) – Why would a book touted to proclaim "the...
  • Veterans allowed to rest in peace

    10/28/2011 7:12:05 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 17 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | October 28, 2011 | Editorial
    <p>America’s heroes can once again be laid to rest with appropriate religious services. A federal court last month approved a consent decree in which the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) agreed to drop its ban on prayer and the mention of “God” during funerals and other events at national cemeteries.</p>
  • Change in Military Funeral Protocol

    09/22/2011 6:01:57 PM PDT · by Ravnagora · 21 replies
    Snopes ^ | September 2011 | John G. Martich
    Today I was incensed at the conclusion of a traditional Serbian-Orthodox funeral for my beloved 85 year old uncle, Daniel Martich, who proudly served in the US Army during The Korean Conflict. During the committal service at a Pittsburgh cemetery the local military detachment performed their ritual, then folded and presented the American Flag to my aunt. As I'm sure you have witnessed during military funerals, a soldier bends to one knee and recites a scripted message to a surviving relative that begins 'On behalf of the President of the United States and a grateful nation, I wish to present...
  • New body 'liquefaction' unit unveiled in Florida funeral home

    08/31/2011 7:08:13 AM PDT · by tlb · 52 replies
    bbc ^ | Neil Bowdler | Neil Bowdler
    A Glasgow-based company has installed its first commercial "alkaline hydrolysis" unit at a Florida funeral home. The unit by Resomation Ltd is billed as a green alternative to cremation and works by dissolving the body in heated alkaline water. The facility has been installed at the Anderson-McQueen funeral home in St Petersburg, and will be used for the first time in the coming weeks. It is hoped other units will follow in the US, Canada and Europe. The makers claim the process produces a third less greenhouse gas than cremation, uses a seventh of the energy, and allows for the...
  • Why Illinois Can't Afford its Poor Dead

    08/11/2011 11:49:18 PM PDT · by sinanju · 15 replies · 1+ views
    NBC Chicago (hat tip: Drudge) ^ | Aug 11, 2011 | Pat Quinn, Michael Madigan
    In the past, the state has reserved about $13 million to help pay for an estimated 12,000 funerals for individuals who relied on public aid. Participating funeral homes were alloted $1,100 for funerals and $552 for the burial. (snip) "Now the only viable option --- I don't mean to make light of it -- is to leave the body at the medical examiner office," Szykowny said. "After 60 to 90 days they'll take the body to what's called a potter's field and bury it in a numbered grave."
  • Texas Lawmaker Calls for Congressional Probe Into Ban of Christian Prayers at Military Funerals

    07/26/2011 4:01:56 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 28 replies
    Fox News ^ | July 26, 2011 | Todd Starnes
    A Texas lawmaker is calling for a congressional investigation of the Houston National Cemetery after he went undercover and determined that cemetery officials are still preventing Christian prayers at the funerals of military veterans. “The Obama administration continues to try to prevent the word ‘God’ from being used at the funerals of our heroes,” said. Rep. John Culberson (R-Texas). “It’s unacceptable and I’m going to put a stop to it as fast as humanly possible,” Culberson told Fox News Radio. He attended a burial service at the cemetery undercover on July 8, when he says he witnessed volunteer members of...
  • For Funerals Too Far, Mourners Gather on the Web

    01/25/2011 6:49:22 AM PST · by Arec Barrwin · 2 replies
    New York Times ^ | January 25, 2011 | Laura Holson
    January 24, 2011 For Funerals Too Far, Mourners Gather on the Web By LAURA M. HOLSON In an age of commemorating birthdays, weddings and anniversaries on Facebook and Twitter, it was perhaps inevitable that live Web-streaming funerals for friends and loved ones would be next. It is no surprise that the deaths of celebrities, like Michael Jackson, or honored political figures, like the United States diplomat Richard Holbrooke, are promoted as international Web events. So, too, was the memorial service for the six people killed Jan. 8 in Tucson, which had thousands of viewers on the Web. But now the...
  • Learning the facts by folding the flag

    01/16/2011 8:47:27 AM PST · by SandRat · 2 replies
    FORT HUACHUCA — It’s not just a matter of raising the American flag in the morning and lowering it in the late afternoon, or using it to drape the casket of a soldier, sailor, airman, Marine, Coast Guardsman or veteran. There are rules based on traditions incorporated into law when it comes to “Old Glory,” the Fort Huachuca Select Honor Guard noncommissioned officer leader said. Saturday afternoon, about an hour before the daily retreat ceremony, Sgt. 1st Class James Weathers talked to a number of scouts —girls and boys — about the ceremonies involving the American flag. “There is a...
  • DA: Funeral processions should be banned

    12/29/2010 8:50:55 AM PST · by Responsibility2nd · 101 replies · 8+ views
    The Monitor ^ | 12/23/2010 | Naxiley Lopez
    McALLEN — Hidalgo County should ban funeral processions, county District Attorney Rene Guerra said Thursday. A fatal crash during a funeral procession Wednesday has led to questions about the safety of the motorcades, where law enforcement officers guide traffic by blocking intersections. A Hidalgo County Precinct 2 constable’s deputy hit and killed an Alamo woman Wednesday when the deputy’s cruiser “t-boned” the vehicle she was traveling in. Guerra said he’s been concerned about funeral processions for years now, but Wednesday’s crash has revived the debate and sharpened his concerns. “I was afraid that what happened yesterday would happen,” he said....
  • Catholic Word of the Day: FUNERAL RITES, 07-14-10

    07/14/2010 9:19:56 AM PDT · by Salvation · 3 replies
    CatholicReference.net ^ | 07-14-10 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random):FUNERAL RITES The liturgical functions that the Church performs at the burial of members of the Catholic Church. The Constitution on the Liturgy of the Second Vatican Council directed that the funeral services be revised to express more clearly the paschal character of Christian death, and that the rite for the burial of infants be given a special Mass. Both provisions were implemented in the new rite promulgated by Pope Paul VI, to take effect on June 1, 1970. The new emphasis is on the Christian hope in eternal life and in the final resurrection from...
  • Special lady for each Arlington soldier

    05/30/2010 9:50:04 AM PDT · by jocon307 · 20 replies · 1,283+ views
    AP-MSNBC ^ | 05/29/2010 | Helen O'Neill
    Joyce Johnson remembers the drums beating slowly as she walked with her girls from the Old Post Chapel, behind the horse-drawn caisson carrying the flag-draped casket of her husband....She remembers struggling to maintain her composure...And then a lady stepped forward, a stranger, dressed not in uniform but in a simple dark suit. She whispered a few words and pressed two cards into Johnson's hands. "If there is anything you need ..." [Johnson] would learn of their mission: to ensure no soldier is buried alone.
  • Burying the Dead: Catholic Funerals

    01/18/2010 2:31:34 PM PST · by Salvation · 51 replies · 1,140+ views
    FishEaters.com ^ | not given | FishEaters.com
    Burying the Dead: Catholic Funerals   Wisdom 1:12-14 "Seek not death in the error of your life, neither procure ye destruction by the works of your hands. For God made not death, neither hath He pleasure in the destruction of the living. For He created all things that they might be: and he made the nations of the earth for health: and there is no poison of destruction in them, nor kingdom of hell upon the earth." I Corinthians 15:51-58 "Behold, I tell you a mystery. We shall all indeed rise again: but we shall not all be changed. In...
  • Funerals from Hell, Where Have All the Graveyards Gone?

    01/17/2010 4:53:24 PM PST · by Lee N. Field · 29 replies · 1,031+ views
    Modern Reformation ^ | Jan, 2010 | Craig A. Parton
    I've concluded that the typical evangelical funeral can go quite a ways to making a person an atheist. I've also concluded that the church needs to reclaim the fundamental truth that Christianity is primarily for dying. Not primarily for living, but for dying; and because it is primarily about preparing to die, it has something profound to offer about living. Funerals need to rediscover death and thus once again have something to say to the living. Before looking at the causes of the death of the funeral, a true confession about a funeral--oops, sorry, a celebration of life--I recently attended....
  • Talking (Tough) Truth at Funerals

    12/15/2009 9:09:45 PM PST · by GonzoII · 17 replies · 735+ views
    blog.adw.org ^ | Dec 15 2009 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    I celebrate just over 50 funerals a year; about one a week. (People are dying to come to church here). And most of these funerals feature large numbers of fallen away Catholics and unchurched individuals. Most of these people I see ONLY at funerals and sometimes weddings. For this reason, in recent years, I have altered my approach at funerals and direct almost half of the sermon to the unchurched and call them to repent and return home. Surely in the first part I speak of the deceased, offer thanks to God for their life, entrust them to God and...
  • Wal-Mart Starts Selling Coffin [Cradle-To-Grave Needs]

    10/30/2009 11:49:20 AM PDT · by Steelfish · 42 replies · 1,390+ views
    BBC News ^ | October 30th 2009
    Wal-Mart Starts Selling Coffins The caskets can be dispatched to buyers within 48 hours The world's largest retailer, Wal-Mart, now plans to hold on to customers even after they die - by selling coffins. Prices range from a "Mom" or "Dad Remembered" steel coffin for $895 (Ł540), to a bronze model at $2,899. The retailer is allowing customers to plan ahead by paying for the caskets over 12 months for no interest. They can be dispatched within 48 hours. Catering for cradle-to-grave needs, Wal-Mart already sells everything from baby wear to engagement rings. A spokesman for the supermarket giant, Ravi...
  • Wal-Mart starts selling caskets, urns online

    10/29/2009 4:57:05 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 70 replies · 2,157+ views
    AP ^ | 10/28/09 | EMILY FREDRIX
    Wal-Mart starts selling caskets, urns online By EMILY FREDRIX, AP Retail Writer Wed Oct 28, 4:03 pm ET MILWAUKEE – The world's largest retailer wants to keep its customers even after they die. Wal-Mart has started selling caskets on its Web site at prices that undercut many funeral homes, long the major seller of caskets. The move follows a similar one by discount rival Costco, which also sells caskets on its site. Wal-Mart, based in Bentonville, Ark., quietly put up about 15 caskets and dozens of urns on its Web site last week. Prices range from $999 for models like...
  • Cash for Caskets

    08/21/2009 10:19:07 AM PDT · by Psion · 7 replies · 1,068+ views
    No Compromise Media ^ | 21 August, 2009 | Tracy N. Ope
    The government is seeing dead people everywhere. Which one you want? The Government will Pay for it! Which one you want? The Government will Pay for it! Apparently, because of how prosperous the Obama economy has lifted people up out of their poverty,now kids in the nanny state, want cash for caskets. “People just aren’t in a position to pay $7,000 for a private funeral and burial,” says Lt. David Smith of the Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office, where the number of people seeking county burial has nearly doubled since last year. Stats from a USA Today article states: The...
  • Feds: Women Staged Sham Funerals For Money

    04/09/2009 4:59:21 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 11 replies · 560+ views
    AP Report ^ | April 09, 2009
    Feds: Women staged sham funerals for money Pair allegedly tried to cash-in insurance plans after burials, cremations April 9, 2009 LOS ANGELES - Two women have been charged with staging sham funerals to collect life insurance payments and other money totaling an estimated $1 million. Hawthorne phlebotomist Faye Schilling, 60, and Los Angeles mortuary worker Jean Crump, 66, were arrested Wednesday on a federal grand jury indictment. Prosecutors allege the women bought insurance policies, waited for them to mature, then held bogus burials or cremations and arranged for phony death certificates. "The level of deception is shocking," said Anthony Montero,...
  • “War Criminals”: Hang Them … Presto! Economic Recovery

    02/11/2009 11:55:29 AM PST · by season_bug · 3 replies · 503+ views
    Freedomsphoenix.com ^ | 02/10/09 | Edwin A. Sumcad
    If we hang all “war criminals”, economic recovery will be easy and swift. They will be all dead. The dying industry benefits from it. But it is not the way you think it is. Highest troop surge in Iraq, 163,000. My estimate of some 50,000 more intelligence agents and security homeland security officers committed, together with the soldiers who obeyed the orders of their Commander-In-Chief, “war crimes”, according to the legalese of Obama’s hatchet men. Some 373 more Senators and Congressmen and Congresspersons are said to be Bush conspirators in committing “crimes against humanity” in Iraq. It includes then Sen....
  • The Islamization of the Church

    06/15/2004 6:41:35 PM PDT · by ItsBacon · 3 replies · 470+ views
    Funerals in America are often elaborate events. There will rarely be hired wailers anymore, as there were in past cultures. A different set of rituals has replaced much of the reality of death, with its sharp interference in the normal lives of relatives and neighbors. The deceased are no longer kept in the family home until burial but are whisked away, disinfected and embellished, and then exposed at a reception in their honor in the parlor of the funeral home. This is called a wake. As mentioned earlier, one advertisement suggested, "You just die, we do the rest." Skillful morticians...
  • Violence Roils Black Funeral Parlors

    03/26/2008 7:57:02 PM PDT · by ROP_RIP · 63 replies · 1,858+ views
    WSJ ^ | March 26, 2008 | GARY FIELDS
    CINCINNATI -- Clarence Glover has a surveillance camera in the chapel of his funeral home. Joseph Garr sometimes carries a revolver in his hearse. Carl Swann Jr. is contemplating leaving the business. The three directors of black funeral parlors here have been assaulted at services and each has had gunshots fired during burials. Concealed-weapons, pre-funeral intelligence briefings, cameras, panic buttons and armed security guards are becoming as much a part of services as the eulogy. "I've been in this business 42 years and I'm jittery now," Mr. Glover says. Across the country, black morticians are changing the way they operate....
  • Court Allows Group to Picket Soldiers' Funerals (Westboro Cultists)

    12/07/2007 2:38:55 PM PST · by Pyro7480 · 18 replies · 151+ views
    Baltimore Sun ^ | 12/6/2007 | James Oliphant
    A federal appeals court Thursday sided with a Kansas woman who believes that God’s hatred of homosexuality requires her to picket funerals for American soldiers holding signs that read “Thank God for Dead Soldiers” and “God Blew Up the Troops.” Shirley Phelps-Roper is part of a Topeka, Kan. church that contends God is punishing the United States for permitting homosexuality by killing soldiers. In response to a August 2005 protest by Phelps-Roper and other members of her church at the funeral of Army Spc. Edward Lee Myers in St. Joseph, Mo., the Missouri legislature passed a par of laws that...
  • Court case tests limits of free speech for Phelps family

    10/30/2007 11:33:49 AM PDT · by Non-Sequitur · 52 replies · 2,291+ views
    kansascity.com ^ | 10/29/07 | Rob Hotakainan
    BALTIMORE | Shirley Phelps-Roper told jurors that she was an angel assigned to speak the truth to earth dwellers, that God hates their evil. On the witness stand in U.S. District Court in Baltimore, she explained last week that’s why she picketed the funeral of Matthew Snyder, a 20-year-old Marine from Westminster, Md., who was killed in Iraq in March 2006. After 33,000 protests over the last 17 years, the Snyder case is thought to be the first individual lawsuit brought against the Phelps family of Topeka and their Westboro Baptist Church. The Snyder family is seeking unspecified monetary damages...
  • Marine’s Father Sues Church For Cheering Son’s Death (bravo to the Snyder familyy!!!!!!)F

    10/26/2007 3:28:44 AM PDT · by Former Military Chick · 62 replies · 151+ views
    New York Times ^ | October 26, 2007 | Melody Simmons
    BALTIMORE, Oct. 25 — Before the March 2006 funeral for Lance Cpl. Matthew A. Snyder, a marine who was killed in Iraq, protesters from the Westboro Baptist Church, a tiny fundamentalist splinter group, picketed the service with signs that read “God Hates You” and “Thank God for Dead Soldiers.”Albert Snyder, Corporal Snyder’s father, sued the church in United States District Court here, claiming invasion of privacy and intentional infliction of emotional distress. - - - Mr. Snyder, who said Westboro members turned his son’s funeral in Westminster, Md., into a “media circus,” is seeking unspecified damages in the jury trial,...
  • Patriot Guard Marks Two Years Riding Missions

    08/29/2007 9:48:19 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 24 replies · 450+ views
    KWCH ^ | Aug 29, 2007 | Rebecca Gannon
    It was two years ago this month the Kansas Patriot Guard was born. It started with a group of local bikers showing up at the funeral of local soldiers.But since then, the Patriot Guard has become much more, even sparking similar groups in all 50 states.The Funcheon family looks through a photo album of pictures taken in the days after they learned their son Alex died in Iraq. They say it was a very difficult time, and 200 perfect strangers helped them through it. "The experience of having people you don't know honor one of your children," said Bob Funcheon,...
  • On Base, a Plea to Give Each Death Its Due (Barf)

    07/25/2007 2:41:22 AM PDT · by dalight · 254+ views
    New York Times ^ | July 25, 2007 | WILLIAM YARDLEY
    Hurt was immediate after Fort Lewis, in Washington state, decided to combine memorial services for the dead.
  • Vets Honor Their Fallen Comrades

    03/23/2007 8:14:33 PM PDT · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 8 replies · 521+ views
    StarTribune ^ | 3/23/07 | Darlene Prois
    The hearse pulls into the cemetery. Veterans in uniform snap to attention. Near a waiting grave, a soldier's empty boots stand near a solitary rifle. Bayonet stabbed into the ground, it's symbolic of a warrior no longer there. The family of World War II veteran Norland Brevig gathers, and the guard crisply salutes. The men in the guard -- veterans themselves-- have never met Brevig, but they've come to honor a comrade, one final time. "A person's time in the service is a very formative time of their life," said Mike Clark, a Purple Heart Vietnam War veteran who feels...
  • ABC World News Tonight Story On Patriot Guard Riders

    01/04/2007 2:37:23 PM PST · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 88 replies · 1,606+ views
    ABC News ^ | 1/4/07 | ABC News
    Heads up! I just spotted a blurb for the WNT on ABC with Charles Gibson. They're going to do a piece on the Patriot Guard Riders and military funerals. Anybody got a ping list??????
  • Anti-Gay Church Must Pay Marine's Family (Westboro Hatemongers Lose!)

    12/12/2006 7:41:15 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 56 replies · 1,632+ views
    KXAS--TV ^ | 12/12/06 | KXAS
    A Kansas church has been ordered to pay $3,150 for costs and fees associated with a summons and complaint filed by the father of a Marine whose funeral was picketed by the extremist group. Albert Snyder, of York, Pa., is suing the Rev. Fred Phelps and Westboro Baptist Church after church members demonstrated at the funeral of Lance Cpl. Matthew Snyder, of Westminster, and posted pictures of the protest on their Web site.
  • 'Insane' picketers cancel Amish funeral protest

    10/04/2006 10:42:19 PM PDT · by Aussie Dasher · 77 replies · 2,130+ views
    The Age ^ | 5 October 2006
    A Kansas church group that planned to demonstrate at the funerals of five Amish girls killed in an attack on their one-room schoolhouse has dropped the picket plans, a reversal that came hours after Pennsylvania's governor offered the Amish police protection. Members of the Westboro Baptist Church issued a statement today saying a representative will appear on a nationally syndicated radio talk show hosted by Mike Gallagher instead of picketing the funerals. Gallagher's website indicated the group was offered an hour of airtime tomorrow in exchange for dropping the planned demonstration. In preparation for the demonstration, Governor Ed Rendell said...
  • Westboro Church members picketing again

    09/24/2006 10:11:12 PM PDT · by Aubrey77 · 5 replies · 481+ views
    Self written, dates from WBC home page | 09/24/2006 | Aubrey Jones
    I can't stand the fact that Westboro baptist church has a website with the name it does. I can't even put it in here, because it is blocked. The church cannot be affiliated with the same God the rest of us worship. Especially when it comes with an agenda. If you want to keep track of it yourself, search for Westboro Baptist Church on google, it's the first webpage with a very vulgar name. I decided I would visit their little website, and see if they were planning anything. Well, guess what? They actually plan their agenda right on their...
  • Rendell signs bill prohibiting protests at funerals

    07/09/2006 3:34:54 AM PDT · by napscoordinator · 4 replies · 287+ views
    The Morning Call ^ | July 2006 | Christina Gostomski
    Protesters will be kept 500 feet from funerals in Pennsylvania under a bill Gov. Ed Rendell signed Friday. The legislation, sponsored by Sen. John Pippy, R-Allegheny, requires protesters to stay away one hour before, during and one hour after services. Violators would face fines.
  • Final Salute

    04/26/2006 12:01:50 PM PDT · by AConnecticutYankee · 3 replies · 411+ views
    Rocky Mountain News ^ | April 26, 2006 | Rocky Mountain News Special Report
    They are the troops that nobody wants to see, carrying a message that no military family ever wants to hear. It begins with a knock at the door. For the past year, the Rocky Mountain News has followed Maj. Steve Beck as he takes on the most difficult duty of his career: casualty notification. As Beck and his comrades at Buckley Air Force Base keep constant watch over the caskets of the men they never knew, the Marines also comfort the families of the fallen, and choke back tears of their own. It's all part of a tradition that started...
  • Respect For Fallen Heroes Act

    04/01/2006 12:51:22 PM PST · by Netizen · 43 replies · 1,315+ views
    Any Soldier ^ | 3/31/06 | Congressman Mike Rogers of Michigan
    Congressman Mike Rogers of Michigan Proposes the Respect for Fallen Heroes Act. Please click HERE and sign the petition before April 6th! (Note: The act being proposed to protect families of fallen military personnel from protesters does not cover private cemetaries. If you feel it should, please be sure to write that in the comment section of the petition.)
  • VIOLATED FUNERALS OF FALLEN SOLDIERS

    03/29/2006 4:47:19 AM PST · by carolgr · 7 replies · 363+ views
    SPERO NEWS ^ | 3-29-2006 | MICHAEL WESTFALL
    Fred Phelps and his small group have been in the news garnering disrepute as they cross America and stage vulgar demonstrations at funerals of American soldiers killed in the Iraq war. Phelps’ zealots hold up offensive and profane placards protesting the war in Iraq, abortion, homosexuality and even the Catholic Church. As mourners arrive at the funerals of their loved one, they are faced with scripture quotes, vulgar slurs and offensive signs stating that the death of their loved one is God’s wrath on America because of our sins. Some of their offensive signs read “Thank God for Dead Soldiers”,...
  • Lawmaker proposes bill to ban protests at military funerals (the END for Phelps nationally)

    03/18/2006 9:24:51 PM PST · by Former Military Chick · 245 replies · 4,246+ views
    Stars and Stripes ^ | March 18, 2006 | Leo Shane III
    WASHINGTON — A Michigan congressman will introduce federal legislation to block protests during military funeral services in response to a Kansas church’s continued demonstrations at servicemembers’ burials. Rep. Mike Rogers said he won’t officially submit the bill until later this month, but colleagues in Congress have already scheduled a hearing in early April and pledged their support for the measure. The proposal would prohibit protests an hour before or after a funeral at any national cemetery, and force protesters back at least 500 feet from the grieving family. Penalties for violations still need to be worked out. “When you go...