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  • Westboro Baptist Church targets West High [Salt Lake City]

    01/24/2011 1:33:50 PM PST · by T Minus Four · 18 replies ^ | January 24th, 2011 @ 11:15am | By Emiley Morgan
    SALT LAKE CITY — The Westboro Baptist Church — a Kansas-based congregation synonymous with controversy and notorious for protesting military funerals with signs proclaiming God hates homosexuals — ended a weekend of protests in Utah with an early Monday morning demonstration outside of West High School. Why? According to one Westboro congregant, "to tell (students) the truth for the first time in their lives." What is the Westboro Baptist Church? The Westboro Baptist Church (WBC) is an independent Baptist church known for its extreme stance against homosexuality. The church is widely described as a hate group and is headed by...
  • Arizona Moves To Ban Funeral Protests (Legislature bans leftwing lunatic Westboro Baptists)

    01/11/2011 2:37:12 PM PST · by Libloather · 101 replies · 1+ views
    KAKE ^ | 1/11/11
    Arizona Moves To Ban Funeral Protests The Arizona Legislature has approved emergency legislation to head off picketing by a Topeka church at the funeral service for a 9-year-old girl who was killed during Saturday's shooting in Tucson. Unanimous votes by the House and Senate on Tuesday send the bill to Gov. Jan Brewer for her expected signature. The bill prohibiting protests at or near funeral sites would take effect immediately. The Westboro Baptist Church said Monday it plans to picket Thursday's funeral for Christina Taylor Green. She is one of six people who were killed in the shooting that injured...
  • Arizonans Rally to Prevent Westboro Church Disruption of Shooting Victims' Funerals

    01/11/2011 11:53:41 AM PST · by Lucky9teen · 39 replies ^ | January 11, 2011 | By Judson Berger
    Arizona residents are locking arms to stop the Westboro Baptist Church from disrupting the funerals for victims of Saturday's shooting in Tucson, with bikers and others organizing a massive counter-protest and state lawmakers fast-tracking a bill to hamstring the group. The Kansas-based Westboro church is notorious for showing up at the funerals of dead soldiers and other high-profile gatherings wielding anti-gay signs. But when the church announced it would picket the funeral Thursday for the 9-year-old girl fatally shot over the weekend at a Tucson grocery store by a gunman who allegedly killed five others and injured 14 others attending...
  • Arizonans Rally to Prevent Westboro Church Disruption of Shooting Victims' Funerals

    01/11/2011 11:50:17 AM PST · by topher · 18 replies ^ | January 11, 2011 | Judson Berger
    Arizona residents are locking arms to stop the Westboro Baptist Church from disrupting the funerals for victims of Saturday's shooting in Tucson, with bikers and others organizing a massive counter-protest and state lawmakers fast-tracking a bill to hamstring the group. The Kansas-based Westboro church is notorious for showing up at the funerals of dead soldiers and other high-profile gatherings wielding anti-gay signs. But when the church announced it would picket the funeral Thursday for the 9-year-old girl fatally shot over the weekend at a Tucson grocery store by a gunman who allegedly killed five others and injured 14 others attending...
  • Arizona To Take On Westboro Baptist Church In Wake Of Shooting

    01/11/2011 6:28:28 AM PST · by RummyChick · 15 replies
    tpm ^ | 1/10 | Evan McMorris-Santoro
    TUCSON, AZ -- The Arizona state legislature is planning to limit the ability of members of the infamous Westboro Baptist Church to disrupt the funerals of victims of Saturday's deadly shooting, an area state Representative tells TPM. In one of its first acts since a gunman attacked a constituent event hosted by Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ), a bipartisan group of state legislators is expected to push through a bill this week that would deny the Westboro Bapist Church -- the Kansas-based congregation led by Fred Phelps that's best known for protesting military funerals -- some of the media spotlight the...
  • Funeral pickets to be met by 'angels' (8-by-10-foot 'wings' to block leftist loons in Tucson)

    01/11/2011 5:36:11 AM PST · by Libloather · 17 replies
    CNN ^ | 1/11/11
    Funeral pickets to be met by 'angels'By the CNN Wire Staff January 11, 2011 2:25 a.m. EST Tucson, Arizona (CNN) -- Tucson just isn't that kind of town, says Christin Gilmer. Gilmer is talking about Westboro Baptist Church of Topeka, Kansas, that has made its name picketing the funerals of people who died of AIDS, gay people, soldiers and even Coretta Scott King. **SNIP** They're planning an "angel action" -- with 8-by-10-foot "angel wings" worn by participants and used to shield mourners from pickets. The actions were created by Coloradan Romaine Patterson, who was shocked to find the Topeka church...
  • Westboro Baptist Church to Picket Funeral of 9-Year-Old Tucson Shooting Victim

    01/10/2011 5:44:35 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 97 replies
    Hot Air ^ | January 10. 2011 | Howard Portnoy
    Speaking of hatred that knows no bounds or party affiliation, the Westboro Baptist Church, famous for picketing the funerals of slain members of the American military, has announced plans to disrupt the funeral of the youngest of yesterday’s shooting victims, 9-year-old Christina Greene. The child was among the six fatalities that resulted from a shooting spree in Tucson by Jared Lee Loughner that left Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords hospitalized with a brain injury. Christina, who was the granddaughter of former Philadelphia Phillies manager Dallas Green, had just been elected to the student council at school. She wanted to attend the event...
  • Westboro Baptist Freaks to Picket Catholic HS in Philly

    12/14/2010 8:59:29 AM PST · by marcbold · 58 replies · 1+ views
    Creative Minority Report ^ | 12-14-10 | Matt Archbold
    The nuts from Westboro Baptist Church will be picketing two Catholic high schools in Philadelphia on the basis that it would seem that, according to them, that the Catholic school teaches premarital sex and birth control are ok. And oh yeah, the students are demon possessed. Hey, you want logic out of people who picket military funerals and whose website is
  • Westboro, The Antithesis of Christianity

    12/11/2010 12:07:27 PM PST · by TheConservativeCitizen · 18 replies
    The Constitution Club ^ | 12-11-110 | Isaiah's Cry
    I have heard of Westboro’s rather unChristian-like behavior in the past, but never paid much attention to them. I happen to be watching CNN last night (no, I don’t make a habit of watching them, or any news show. They came on after another show that I had been watching), and some commentator named Anderson began talking about Westoboro’s latest antics. And I realized just how messed up they really are. When a group who claims to be Christians engage in actions to the contrary, there is something wrong with their teachings. They say that God hates homosexuals (I’ll use...
  • Any Live Reports from Elizabeth Edwards' funeral? (vanity)

    12/11/2010 9:17:31 AM PST · by pillut48 · 5 replies
    Keeping all of you who are protesting against the evil Westboro "Baptist Church" folks who are spreading their garbage at Edwards' safe, and God bless you all for helping her children and family members say their final goodbyes without having to deal with Fred Phelps and the WBC. Wish I could be there, but am there in spirit. Thank you all!
  • Elizabeth Edwards' funeral draws Westboro Baptist Church protest

    12/10/2010 1:01:45 AM PST · by South40 · 46 replies ^ | December 9th, 2010 | Michael Stone
    Wednesday the Westboro Baptist Church announced plans to protest the funeral of Elizabeth Edwards. Edwards, the estranged wife of former presidential candidate John Edwards, died Tuesday after a six-year battle with cancer. The Westboro Baptist Church sent out a press release condemning Edwards and her family, and announcing the group's plan to protest her funeral at the Edenton Street United Methodist Church in Raleigh, North Carolina.
  • Over a thousand Will Counter Westboro Baptist Church Protest Edwards Funeral in Raleigh NC this Sat

    12/09/2010 9:44:38 PM PST · by RandysRight · 126 replies · 1+ views
    CNN ^ | dec 9, 2010
    (CNN) - Members of the Westboro Baptist Church announced Thursday plans to picket Saturday's funeral for Elizabeth Edwards in Raleigh, North Carolina. The Kansas-based Church - monitored by anti-hate groups such as the Anti-Defamation league and the Southern Poverty Law Center - is known for its extremist opposition to homosexuals, Jews and other groups. The church members also oppose the War in Iraq. According to the church's website, members will hold a protest from 12:15 p.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Westboro protester's van tires slashed at soldier's funeral

    11/15/2010 7:51:25 AM PST · by SoonerStorm09 · 86 replies · 1+ views
    The Norman Transcript ^ | November 15, 2010 | Manny Gamallo
    McALESTER, Okla. — Members of a Kansas church that protests at military funerals may have found themselves in the wrong town over the weekend. Shortly after finishing their protest at the funeral of Army Sgt. Jason James McCluskey of McAlester, a half-dozen protesters from Westboro Baptist Church in Topeka, Kan., headed to their minivan Saturday, only to discover that its front and rear passenger-side tires had been slashed. To make matters worse, as their minivan slowly hobbled away on two flat tires, with a McAlester police car following behind, the protesters were unable to find anyone in town who would...
  • Gay-Hating Church Group Protests In Prince William Monday (Honors Guy Shooting DC Military Sites!)

    11/15/2010 7:29:36 AM PST · by Pyro7480 · 20 replies
    WMAL ^ | 11/15/2010 | Mark Weaver
    Members of the anti-gay Westboro Baptist Church will be protesting Monday morning at Woodbridge Senior High School, and Prince William County Board of Supervisors Chairman Cory Stewart leaves no doubt about how he feels towards them. "Shouldn't even call itself a church. Its a disgusting, anti-American, anti-military organization," Stewart told 630 WMAL News.... After the school protest, the protesters plan to rally at a Coast Guard recruiting center to show support for whomever fired shots at the building recently.
  • Westboro Baptist Protesters Get Tires Slashed Following Protest Saturday

    11/15/2010 4:17:02 AM PST · by radioone · 60 replies
    HotAir Pundit ^ | 11-15-10 | HotAirPundit
    McALESTER - Members of a Kansas church that protests at military funerals may have found themselves in the wrong town Saturday. Shortly after finishing their protest at the funeral of Army Sgt. Jason James McCluskey of McAlester, a half-dozen protesters from Westboro Baptist Church in Topeka, Kan., headed to their minivan, only to discover that its front and rear passenger-side tires had been slashed. To make matters worse, as their minivan slowly hobbled away on two flat tires, with a McAlester police car following behind, the protesters were unable to find anyone in town who would repair their vehicle, according...
  • McAlester Oklahoma honors its fallen hero (Wetsboro protesters call AAA after tires slashed)

    11/14/2010 9:17:35 PM PST · by optiguy · 33 replies
    American Thinker ^ | November 14, 2010 | Phil Boehmke
    Sgt. Jason J. McCluskey was laid to rest on Saturday with hundreds of his friends, family members and comrades in attendance. And there were hundreds more standing outside the First Baptist Church in McAlester listening to his memorial service via tall standing loudspeakers. And still there were hundreds more lining the roads and intersections from the church to the cemetery waving American Flags and patriotic signs. And there were yet hundreds more at his graveside services at the Tannehill cemetery. The 26 year old Army paratrooper was killed in action on November 4th in Afghanistan. During his tour of duty...
  • ARLINGTON CEMETERY Nov. 11,2010 – Westboro "Baptist" Church Overwhelmed by Patriots

    11/13/2010 5:05:01 PM PST · by trooprally · 70 replies · 5+ views
    Nov. 13,2010
    People ask why we counter Westboro “Baptist” Church, why not just let them be the proverbial “If a tree falls in a forest and no hears it, did it fall”? BELOW is why we counter them. FReepers, students, patriots and Veteran Harley riders (about 50) defended our Fallen Heroes this Veterans Day at Arlington Cemetery. We came by the dozens and overwhelmed Fred Phelps’ one-branch family tree called Westboro “Baptist” Church. They started the morning with about a dozen miscreants. Two hours later when they left, only 3 had stayed around. A special thanks to those who took their shift...
  • Westboro Baptist Church Unable to Protest Weston, MO Soldier's Funeral

    In what has to be some of the best news of the weekend, Pastor Fred Phelps and the hate-mongering parishioners from Westboro Baptist Church were unable to protest at a fallen soldier's funeral this weekend as they had originally planned.
  • Supporters Block Funeral Protest in Weston

    11/08/2010 5:22:06 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 20 replies · 1+ views ^ | November 6, 2010 | Meredith Hoenes
    WESTON, MO. — People in Weston, Missouri banded together on Saturday. They wanted to protect loved ones who were saying goodbye to a fallen soldier and stood up to members of the Westboro Baptist Church who planned to protest at Sgt. First Class C.J. Sadell's funeral. Sadell died October 24 from injuries he suffered in a surprise attack in Afghanistan. On Saturday, there was quite a turnout of people who wanted to keep the protesters away from the funeral. "I'd say probably half the people in Weston are here," said Eric Moser, Marine Corp veteran. Weston has less than 2,000...
  • Arlington Cemetery, Nov.11, 8AM-12 Noon - Our Fallen Heroes need you - Westboro Church to Protest

    10/20/2010 12:41:55 PM PDT · by trooprally · 50 replies
    Oct. 20,2010 | [Mr] Trooprally
    VETERANS DAY, THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 11, 8AM TILL NOON Westboro Baptist Church, aka Fred Phelp's one-branch family tree, is once again targeting Arlington Cemetery. WBC will be there on Veterans Day, Thursday, Nov. 11, to protest our fallen heroes. We will be there from 8AM (to start setting up) till noon to be sure our patriotic message is seen long after WBC leaves. WBC will be there from 9 till 11AM The DC Chapter will have our Walter Reed MOAB, flags, banners, posters, patriotic music, HOT COFFEE, and light snacks. Our past 4 times opposite WBC have been at the Arlington...
  • Church to protest soldier's funeral (Aiken & Lexington SC)

    10/12/2010 4:33:40 PM PDT · by SC Swamp Fox · 23 replies
    The Aiken Standard ^ | 11 Oct 10 | Amy Banton
    A radical religious group, mostly known for protesting at military funerals, claims it will be present at the funeral service of a local fallen National Guardsman that will be held Thursday afternoon. Westboro Baptist Church, based in Topeka, Kan., sent a press release with the time and place of the funeral of Staff Sgt. Willie Harley, 48, of Aiken, stating church members will be there to protest. The church also claims it will be present at the funeral of Spc. Luther Rabon, 32, of Lexington, which is scheduled for Saturday. Both men were killed on Oct. 1 when an improvised...
  • Protesting the Westboro Baptist Protesters (Video)

    10/12/2010 1:03:05 AM PDT · by Talkradio03 · 6 replies · 1+ views
    HAP ^ | 10/12/10 | hap
    Westboro Baptist comes to New York and are met by 200 counter-protesters who chant telling them to go home, the debate gets heated as one man crashes throught the fence in an attempt to rip down Westboro signs (Video)
  • Church's protest at military funeral clearly troubles Supreme Court

    10/07/2010 4:03:04 PM PDT · by zippythepinhead · 74 replies · 1+ views
    Deseret News ^ | 10/06/2010 | By Michael Doyle
    WASHINGTON — Supreme Court justices seemed both troubled and divided Wednesday as they questioned whether a small Kansas church could be punished for mounting a protest that many found contemptible outside a military funeral. The high court didn't clearly tip its hand during the hourlong oral arguments in the case pitting the Westboro Baptist Church against a grieving Pennsylvania father. Several justices did, however, hint that the 2006 funeral protest was lawful even if it was obnoxious.
  • Westboro case poses dilemma for Jewish groups

    10/06/2010 2:35:19 PM PDT · by Vigilanteman · 21 replies
    WASHINGTON (JTA) -- Jewish defense organizations long -- and proudly -- have upheld a delicate principle in defending the First Amendment: Hate the speech, defend the speaker. But a Supreme Court case whose arguments were scheduled for Wednesday have put that precept to the test: A Maryland family is suing the Westboro Baptist Church for picketing the funeral of its scion, Matthew Snyder, a soldier killed in a noncombat accident in Iraq. Jewish organizations that routinely have defended free speech that others might find abusive are sitting this one out. The American Jewish Committee has not filed a brief; the...
  • In Support of Westboro Baptist [Dr. Terry Jones "burn a Koran" supports Fred Phelps]

    09/07/2010 7:28:57 PM PDT · by earlJam · 263 replies · 4+ views
    <p>On Sunday April 18, Westboro Baptist Church came to Gainesville. One of their stops was a liberal "Open doors, open hearts, open minds," church near us, so we took part of our Sunday Service time and went as a church to stand with them.</p>
  • Judge Overturns Nebraska Ban on Mutilating Flags

    09/02/2010 7:38:21 PM PDT · by ilovesarah2012 · 34 replies ^ | September 2, 2010
    OMAHA, Neb. -- A federal judge overturned Nebraska's ban on flag mutilation Thursday, clearing the way for Kansas church protesters to continue trampling on the U.S. flag when they protest at military funerals. The ruling from U.S. District Judge Richard Kopf said the law can't be applied as long as Megan Phelps-Roper and fellow members of the Westboro Baptist Church "otherwise act peacefully while desecrating the American or Nebraska flag during their religiously motivated protests."
  • Super Heroes vs. the Westboro Baptist Church They've faced down humans time and time again, but Fred Phelps and his minions from the Westboro Baptist Church were not ready for the cosplay action that awaited them today at Comic-Con. After all, who can win against a counter protest that includes robots, magical anime girls, Trekkies, Jedi and...kittens? Unbeknownst to the dastardly fanatics of the Westboro Baptist Church, the good folks of San Diego's Comic-Con were prepared for their arrival with their own special brand of superhuman counter protesting chanting "WHAT DO WE WANT" "GAY SEX" "WHEN DO WE WANT IT" "NOW!" while brandishing ironic (and some...
  • Federal judge issues restraining order against sheriff {St. Francois County, MO}

    06/25/2010 10:17:00 AM PDT · by SmithL · 38 replies
    ST. LOUIS – A federal judge issued a temporary restraining order Thursday against St. Francois County Sheriff Dan Bullock and other local law enforcement from enforcing Missouri statutes and stopping a planned protest at the funeral of Corporal Michael C. Bailey. The restraining order was filed in U.S. Eastern District Court by the ACLU on behalf of the Westboro Baptist Church.
  • Westboro Baptist members plan protest at Erwin, TN serviceman's funeral

    06/17/2010 12:29:31 PM PDT · by NellieMae · 85 replies · 1,164+ views
    Kingsport Times-News Online ^ | 06-17-2010 | Staff report
    Members of Kansas-based Westboro Baptist Church reportedly will be in Johnson City on Monday to picket near the memorial service for Airman Benjamin D. White, an Erwin resident who died last week in Afghanistan. "Military funerals have become pagan orgies of idolatrous blasphemy where they pray to the dunghill gods of Sodom and play taps to a fallen fool," states a Westboro flier forwarded to media outlets by the Unicoi County Sheriff's Office. The flier goes on to say that the "message will be preached in respectful, lawful proximity" to White's memorial service at Grace Fellowship Church on South Greenwood...
  • Westboro Baptist Church to protest Mississippi HS graduation (because of lesbian prom mess)

    05/19/2010 9:45:53 PM PDT · by jerry557 · 19 replies · 642+ views
    Controversial anti-gay, anti-military group Westboro Baptist Church is scheduled to host a picket line protest of the Itawamba Agricultural High School graduation ceremony this Saturday. The protest is scheduled to take place from 3 p.m. until 4 p.m. on the ICC practice fields, across from the school’s fitness center. The IAHS graduation ceremony is scheduled to begin at 4 p.m. Although the group is permitted to be on campus for its protest, school officials stated that protesters are required to remain within the practice field area and are not to physically interfere with people attending the event. Local law enforcement...
  • Son of Westboro Baptist Church pastor Fred Phelps says dad abused, terrorized him as child

    04/27/2010 8:44:43 PM PDT · by jerry557 · 28 replies · 1,182+ views
    NyDailyNews ^ | 04/27/10
    TOPEKA - The estranged son of a controversial Kansas pastor encouraged people to feel sympathy for members of his father's church, "at least for the young children stuck in that situation." Nate Phelps, 51, spoke in Topeka over the weekend, marking his first trip in 20 years to the city where his father, Fred Phelps, runs Westboro Baptist Church. He alleged that he endured fear, intimidation and abuse before leaving the family and church on his 18th birthday. He said that while society is quick to take steps to protect children, it seems "curiously blind" when religious beliefs jeopardize a...
  • Funeral protest causes disdain

    04/23/2010 6:50:26 PM PDT · by SandRat · 16 replies · 703+ views
    Your recent editorial “Funeral protests cause disdain” addresses the vexing First Amendment issue in the lawsuit against the “Christian” church that picketed the funeral of Lance Cpl. Matthew Snyder, who was killed in action in Iraq in 2006: Should “hate speech” be constitutionally protected … or punished? Albert Snyder was awarded damages against Westboro Baptist Church of Topeka after its members waved inflammatory signs at his son’s funeral saying “God Hates Fags” and “Thank God for Dead Soldiers” (God’s “payback” to America for tolerating homosexuality, claims the church), but the 4th Court of Appeals reversed the verdict, ruling that the...
  • Infamous Church Group Coming to Atlanta for Protests

    04/21/2010 3:27:13 PM PDT · by Cecily · 31 replies · 640+ views
    The Atlanta Journal-Constitution ^ | April 21, 2010 | Christian Boone
    One of the most controversial families in the country is heading south to protest "rebellious brats," a Jewish publication and an indie rock festival. Enlarge photo Dylan Slagle, AP In this March 10, 2006, file photo, Westboro Baptist church member Gabriel Phelps-Roper, 10, and his sister Grace Phelps-Roper, 13, both of Topeka, Kan., protest at the funeral of Marine Lance Cpl. Matthew A. Snyder in Westminster, Md. .Topeka's Westboro Baptist Church, whose membership consists mostly of family members of its pastor, Fred Phelps, has planned nine protests around the metro Atlanta area on May 5-6. The small Kansas group, known...
  • The Westboro Baptist Church: In the Footsteps of the Pharisees and Sadducees

    04/15/2010 12:05:26 PM PDT · by 1pitech · 4 replies · 396+ views
    Canada Free Press ^ | 04-14-10 | Paul A. Ibbetson
    Equally painful to so many, myself included, is the court’s decision to force the Al Snyder family, the family that brought the private lawsuit against Westboro, to pay over $16,000 of the Phelps family’s court costs. It would seem that the courts have said to grieving military families across the nation that attempting to stop the Westboro Baptist Church from joyously telling them that their loved ones are in hell will be a costly endeavor on all fronts.
  • Westboro Baptist Church too extreme for Klu Klux Klan

    04/10/2010 1:54:09 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 79 replies · 1,376+ views ^ | April 9, 2010 | Micha J. Stone
    In an astonishing display of common sense the Klu Klux Klan has releasd a statement repudiating the activities of the Westboro Baptist Church, denying any connection or sympathy with the hate group. The Westboro Baptist Church, notorious for the phrase "God hates fags", is best known for its protest activities, which include picketing funerals of fallen soldiers. The church runs numerous Web sites such as, and others expressing condemnation of homosexuality. The group bases its work around the belief expressed by its best known slogan and the address of its primary Web site, God Hates Fags, asserting that...
  • Ann Coulter: GOD HATES JUDGES [Fred Phelps cult assaults Matthew Snyder's funeral]

    04/07/2010 2:18:37 PM PDT · by RonDog · 59 replies · 1,942+ views ^ | April 7, 2010 | Ann Coulter
    GOD HATES JUDGES by Ann Coulter April 7, 2010 In an opinion that may have been written by Heidi Montag, a federal court of appeals recently threw out a jury verdict in favor of a father, Albert Snyder, who had sued protesters at his son Matthew's funeral for intentional infliction of emotional distress. Solely because Matthew was a Marine, a Kansas-based cult, consisting mostly of members of a single family, traveled to Maryland in order to stand outside Matthew's funeral with placards saying things like, "God Loves Dead Soldiers," "God Hates You," "You're Going to Hell," "Semper Fi Fags," "Thank...
  • Prayer, Not Protest Urged (Westboro Baptists to protest Wheeling WV Catholics)

    04/05/2010 5:37:10 AM PDT · by markomalley · 52 replies · 1,273+ views
    Wheeling News Register ^ | 4/5/2010 | Heather Ziegler
    When members of the Westboro Baptist Church arrive next Saturday in Wheeling to relay their message of hate at four local Catholic institutions, local clergy and parishioners will do what they always do - pray for them. Prayer, not retaliation, is the message from officials at the Roman Catholic Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston to the parishioners and leaders at St. Michael Parish, St. Alphonsus Parish, the Cathedral of St. Joseph and Wheeling Jesuit University. All three churches and the university are on the list of places where the Westboro protesters are expected to picket next Saturday. All four locations regularly offer...
  • U.S. Supreme Court: Will distress trump the First Amendment right to free speech?

    04/04/2010 9:29:47 AM PDT · by myknowledge · 48 replies · 1,181+ views
    UPI ^ | April 4, 2010 | Harriet Robins
    Next fall, the U. S. Supreme Court will hear the case of Snyder vs. Phelps, in which it's possible the speech-related practices of an obnoxious group will be curbed -- but at the price of some new First Amendment fetters. Members of the Westboro Baptist Church picketed the March 10, 2006, funeral of Lance Cpl. Matthew Snyder, a U.S. Marine who was killed a week earlier in Iraq. They displayed placards reading, "God hates you," "Thank God for Dead Soldiers" and "Semper Fi Fags." The deceased soldier's father, Albert Snyder, sued the church and its founder, the Rev. Fred Phelps,...
  • Marine's father ordered to pay Westboro's court costs

    Lawyers for the father of a Marine who died in Iraq and whose funeral was picketed by anti-gay protesters say a court has ordered him to pay the protesters' appeal costs.
  • Marine's dad ordered to pay protesters' court fees

    03/29/2010 12:46:18 PM PDT · by SmithL · 73 replies · 3,235+ views
    AP via SFGate ^ | 3/29/10
  • Justices to hear case over protests at military funerals

    03/08/2010 8:01:16 PM PST · by ReignOfError · 19 replies · 153+ views
    CNN ^ | March 8, 2010 | Bill Mears, CNN Supreme Court Producer
    Washington (CNN) -- A small Kansas church that has gained nationwide attention for protesting loudly at funerals of U.S. service members will receive a Supreme Court hearing over free speech rights. The justices Monday accepted an appeal from the father of a U.S. Marine killed in Iraq over efforts to keep members of the Topeka-based Westboro Baptist Church from demonstrating near memorial services and burials. The Marine's family won a $5 million judgment from the protesters, which lower courts overturned. The church, led by pastor Fred Phelps, said it believes God is punishing the United States for "the sin of...
  • Supreme Court will weigh free speech issues in case of anti-gay military funeral protests

    03/08/2010 8:47:24 AM PST · by cajuncow · 27 replies · 163+ views
    cox news ^ | 3-8-10 | Associated Press
    WASHINGTON (Associated Press) -- The Supreme Court is getting involved in the legal fight over the anti-gay protesters who show up at military funerals with inflammatory messages like "Thank God for dead soldiers." The court agreed Monday to consider whether the protesters' message, no matter how provocative and upsetting, is protected by the First Amendment. Members of a Kansas-based church have picketed military funerals to spread their belief that U.S. deaths in Afghanistan and Iraq are punishment for the nation's tolerance of homosexuality.
  • The Baa'thists Are Coming to Virginia

    02/26/2010 8:49:59 AM PST · by concretebob · 29 replies · 853+ views
    email ^ | 27 February 2010 | USCENTCOM
    Information has been received indicating that the Westboro Baptist Church WBC) is planning protest activity within the region. The group is described as an extremist hate group opposed to the military and homosexuals. The WBC has garnered media attention by protesting at the funerals of service members, famous people, people who have died from AIDS, as well as military installations and political events. The activity is planned to target schools, Jewish facilities, and military events in Henrico County, the City of Richmond, and the Tidewater area. The WBC is a highly organized group based out of Kansas. The WBC has...
  • The Conscience of Kansas radio program- Duane Dog Chapman, Westboro Baptist Church

    02/11/2010 1:25:44 PM PST · by 1pitech · 284+ views
    The Conscience of Kansas radio program ^ | 02-11-10 | Paul A. Ibbetson
    With my classic interview with Shirley Phelps Roper becoming part of documentary movie, We decided to share that classic interview as well as the interview with Duane Dog Chapman the "Bounty Hunter" from our archives of the Conscience of Kansas radio program with host Paul A. Ibbetson. We invite you to listen and comment on the show!
  • Anti-gay religious group wants Twitter to 'serve god' { Westboro comes to the Special City }

    01/27/2010 3:13:24 PM PST · by SmithL · 9 replies · 308+ views
    SFGate ^ | 1/27/10 | Aileen Yoo
    Everyone's favorite anti-gay, anti-Jew, anti-military, anti-Lady Gaga, anti-hockey, anti-basketball zealots are coming to San Francisco. The Kansas-based Westboro Baptist Church -- notorious for picketing funerals of fallen soldiers -- plans various protests here and across California. Among its stops is Twitter headquarters in SF on Thursday (4:30 p.m.), reports NBC Bay Area's Jackson West. According to the church's site, they want to remind the company of its heavenly obligation: "They (Twitter) have a duty to God just like every other person to serve God and to use ALL their resources in their service to him. So we come with hearts...
  • Supreme Court's Silence Allows Westboro Protests to Continue

    07/01/2009 2:47:40 AM PDT · by LeoWindhorse · 10 replies · 671+ views
    Fox 4 ^ | June 30, 2009 | Tess Koppelman
    KANSAS CITY, MO. - The U.S. Supreme Court refused to hear Missouri's appeal to allow the state to enforce it's law restricting protests near funerals. The law targeted a Topeka Baptist church that protests military funerals. The Westboro Baptist Church filed a lawsuit against the state after it passed two laws creating a no protest buffer zone around funerals and processions. Westboro Baptist Church out of Topeka protests the funerals saying soldiers deaths are God's punishment because of U.S. policy toward homosexuals.
  • Anti-abortion protesters show up at Tiller vigil, face off with supporters of slain doctor

    05/31/2009 7:18:32 PM PDT · by BufordP · 43 replies · 1,763+ views
    AP ^ | 31 May 2009
    About 10 anti-abortion protesters gathered across the street from a downtown Wichita vigil where supporters of George Tiller remembered the slain abortion provider. The protesters outside Sunday's vigil were from Westboro Baptist Church in Topeka, which also pickets military funerals. The protesters held signs emblazoned with such messages as "Abortion is bloody murder" and "Baby killer in hell." The protesters and about 20 Tiller supporters shouted at each other. A large number of police officers stood by to make sure the scene stayed under control.
  • Westboro Baptist Church thanks God for North Dakota’s flooding

    03/26/2009 8:57:53 AM PDT · by george76 · 57 replies · 2,649+ views
    Grand Forks Herald ^ | March 25 2009 | Ryan Johnson
    The Westboro Baptist Church, whose members tour the country protesting at military funerals because they claim America is tolerant of homosexuality, is thanking God for record flooding in North Dakota. “God sent the flood waters to cover the evil people of Bismarck and Fargo, ND, where you flipped off God and raised your hands against His anointed by criminalizing WBC’s gospel preaching against” gays and their supporters, declared a statement released Wednesday by the church, which is in Topeka, Kan. The statement referred to House Bill 1040, a North Dakota state law passed in January 2007 that bars protestors from...
  • Demonstration Counters Westboro Protest (now they're going after high schoolers)

    03/03/2009 8:21:12 PM PST · by YankeeinOkieville · 28 replies · 745+ views
    KSBI-TV ^ | 2 March 2009
    Oklahoma City -- A local church hosted a demonstration of peace and love to counter the demonstration put on by members of the Westboro Baptist Church held at Moore High School. Westboro members protested in Oklahoma on Monday for various reasons. Members of Beth Haven Baptist Church held a prayer vigil at the same time the Westboro demonstration took place. Pastor Rick Carter says they wanted to spread what they feel is the true message of the bible. He says God doesn't likes sinners, but that he has nothing but love, not hate, for people. Carter also says many people...
  • The Conscience of Kansas radio program- Best of 2008 part #2

    01/07/2009 9:45:04 AM PST · by ibbetsonusa · 1 replies · 327+ views
    The Conscience of Kansas radio program ^ | 01-06-08 | Paul A. Ibbetson
    This is part #2 of the best of 2008 of the Conscience of Kansas radio program. Listen to excerpts of such interesting interviews as those with Myrna Sokoloff of "An American Carol", Paul Shanklin of the Rush Limbaugh program and Duane Dog Chapman the Bounty Hunter. Listen to the debates with Westboro Baptist Church and CODE PINK. A great wrap up to a great year! enjoy!