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  • Westboro Baptist Coming to Orlando, Authorities Confirm

    06/17/2016 12:07:12 PM PDT · by Cecily · 62 replies
    The Atlanta Journal Constitution ^ | June 17, 2016 | Jennifer Brett
    ORLANDO, Fla. — Westboro Baptist Church, whose members are known for protesting high-profile funerals claiming that God’s wrath brought about the deaths, announced its plans to head to Orlando, Florida, after the worst mass shooting in U.S. history. Officials with the Orlando Police Department confirmed on Thursday afternoon that the group was Florida-bound, citing a letter from the church.
  • Foo Fighters Ride Into Westboro Baptist Church Protest With a Rickroll

    08/22/2015 8:52:47 PM PDT · by wastedyears · 12 replies ^ | 8/22/2015 | Ashley Iasimone
    Westboro Baptist Church targeted a Foo Fighters concert at Kansas City's Sprint Center on Friday, Aug. 21, and the band fired back -- with a Rickroll.
  • Gov. Jindal's threat to have Westboro members who disrupt funeral arrested sparks legal debate

    07/28/2015 6:49:45 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 35 replies
    KSLA News ^ | 07/28/2015 | By Fred Childers
    SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) - Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal gave a stern warning to Westboro Baptist Church members who had reportedly threatened to protest the funerals of the Lafayette movie theater victims. “Let me be very clear, if they come here to Louisiana and they try to disrupt those funerals, we're going to lock them up,” said Jindal. The funerals for Mayci Breaux and Jillian Johnson were held on Monday. Before that, Jindal issued an executive order asking police to enforce a Louisiana State law that protects against disturbing the peace at funerals. But, it did not have to be enforced...
  • Bobby Jindal's executive order on the Westboro Baptist Church troubles the ACLU

    07/26/2015 11:27:48 AM PDT · by BBell · 28 replies | The Times-Picayune ^ | 7/26/15 | Julia O'Donoghue, | The Times-Picayune
    The American Civil Liberties Union of Louisiana is concerned Gov. Bobby Jindal may disregard the constitutional rights of the Westboro Baptist Church with his latest executive order. "Governor Jindal's Executive Order ... is misguided and has the potential to be used to infringe on protestors' First Amendment rights," said the ACLU in a statement Sunday morning. Jindal issued an order Saturday mostly aimed at keeping the Westboro Baptist Church -- and presumably the vulgar "God Hates Fags" signs they usually carry -- away from the funerals of two Lafayette movie theater shootings victims. "They come here to Louisiana. They try...
  • Marine vet who was arrested for throwing coffee on Westboro protesters at Beau Biden funeral insists

    06/08/2015 1:48:48 AM PDT · by Morgana · 16 replies United Kingdom ^ | 7 June 2015 Updated: 8 June 2015 | Reporter
    FULL TITLE: Marine vet who was arrested for throwing coffee on Westboro protesters at Beau Biden funeral insists: 'I would do it again in a minute' A Vietnam veteran who was arrested after throwing warm coffee on Westboro Baptist Church protesters picketing the funeral of Beau Biden has spoken out. Richard Pierce, 64, of Wilmington, Delaware said while he would not suggest anyone do what he did calling his actions 'childish', he said he would 'do it again in a minute', according to the New York Daily News. He was taken into custody after he hurled the drink at three...
  • Politics: Westboro Baptist Church accepts challenge to go to Iraq, protest ISIS

    08/25/2014 12:50:30 PM PDT · by Morgana · 19 replies
    CainTV ^ | Herman Cain
    Unfortunately, the offer is pulled.... Unfortunately, church members hoping to make the trip are just as "out of luck" as Americans who'd like to see them go. As Metro reports, Hills announced on his Friday night show that he has decided to renege on the offer.
  • Westboro Baptist Church Planning Anti-Gay Protest Outside Robin Williams' Funeral

    08/16/2014 11:13:01 AM PDT · by Steelfish · 26 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | August16, 2014
    Westboro Baptist Church Planning Anti-Gay Protest Outside Robin Williams' Funeral - because of late actor's role in The Birdcage Says it will 'preach in lawful proximity' to star's funeral to 'warn the living' Williams played a gay man in the movie The Birdcage 16 August 2014 Members of the controversial Kansas-based Westboro Baptist Church are planning a protest at tragic actor Robin Williams' funeral over his portrayal of a gay man in the movie The Birdcage.
  • The KKK Tries to Make A Comeback

    04/15/2014 3:39:30 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 41 replies
    Time ^ | 4/15
    As a former Klan leader is charged with killing three in Kansas, the frayed white supremacy group is trying to attract new members. The Southern Poverty Law Center estimates the number of hate groups in the U.S. has risen from 602 in 2000 to 939 in 2013 The Ku Klux Klan was once a major force in America, with a membership of nearly 4 million that regularly included mayors, chiefs of police and other grandees of segregated regions, especially in the South and Midwest. It’s been decades since the Klan held that sort of mainstream sway, but Sunday’s deadly rampage...
  • Kansas City Shooter Inspired by Leftist Anti-Israel Demagogue Max Blumenthal-Cited by Killer

    04/15/2014 6:06:31 AM PDT · by SJackson · 15 replies
    Frontpagemagazine ^ | 4-15-14 |
    Anti-Israel Leftist Cited by Anti-Semitic Killer Mocked Idea that American Jews are At Risk - FrontPage Magazine - - Anti-Israel Leftist Cited by Anti-Semitic Killer Mocked Idea that American Jews are At RiskPosted By Daniel Greenfield On April 14, 2014 @ 12:27 pm In The Point | 4 Comments Leftist Anti-Israel journalist Max Blumenthal, who is affiliated with The Nation, ridiculed the idea that American Jews are an at risk population.Blumenthal, whose attacks on Israel and Jews were described as anti-Semitic even by many on the left, and whose work was allegedly cited by the Kansas City killer and...
  • Chilling 2010 Interview With Right-Wing Jewish Center Shooter

    04/14/2014 6:28:09 PM PDT · by Borges · 37 replies
    AATP ^ | 4/14/2014
    In a 2010 interview, Alan Colmes talked with a KKK Grand Dragon, who would later become the Jewish Center shooter, as he was running for Senate in Missouri as a Republican–and the glimpse into the mind of this madman that the interview offers is simply horrifying. On Sunday, Frazier Glenn Miller, or Frazier Glenn Cross, murdered three people at two different Jewish centers in Overland Park, Kansas–including a man, woman, and child. He shot at two others, but they were uninjured. As he was arrested, the founder of the White Patriot Party screamed “Heil Hitler!” Frazier/Cross told Colmes, a Jewish...
  • Did 'Nazi' Gunman Single Out Jews for Death in Suburban Kansas City Rampage?

    04/13/2014 4:37:43 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 62 replies
    The Jewish Daily Forward ^ | April 13, 2014 | Staff
    A smirking gunman who reportedly shouted Nazi slogans opened fire at a Jewish community center and an old-age home in a suburb of Kansas City, killing three people. The gunman, said to be an older man, singled out Jewish victims for death, Rabbi Herbert Mandl, a chaplain with the Overland Park Police Department, told CNN. “Asking someone if you are Jewish before shooting sounds very much like a hate crime,” Mandl said. Police said two people were killed at the JCC of Greater Kansas City, where children were auditioning for a musical. Despite Mandl’s assertion, the JCC victims were identified...
  • 3 people killed in shooting at Overland Park Kansas Jewish Community Center

    04/13/2014 2:13:46 PM PDT · by Mercat · 50 replies
    KMBC radio ^ | 04/13/2014 | none
    Local radio is reporting that there has been a shooting at the Overland Park, Kansas Jewish Community Center around 1:00 p.m. Central time. Man walking up to people asking if they are Jewish and boom. News conference at 5:00. Evidently CNN is reporting.
  • Kansas Jewish Center Shooting Suspect Identified as Former KKK Leader

    04/13/2014 8:55:20 PM PDT · by PaulCruz2016 · 92 replies
    ABC News ^ | 04-13-2014 | Gillian Mohney
    The 73-year-old man charged with murder in the shooting at a Jewish community center and retirement community in Overland Park, Kansas, that left three people dead is reportedly the former Grand Dragon of the Carolina Knights of the Ku Klux Klan. Fraiser Glenn Cross Jr., of Aurora, Mo., was taken into custody in the parking lot of an elementary school near the scene of the shootings, and was booked on a charge of first degree murder, according to the Johnson County, Kansas, Sheriff's Office. Cross is an alias for Frasier Glenn Miller, the former KKK leader, according to the Southern...
  • Hate group to picket Kansas City funerals

    04/14/2014 2:53:52 AM PDT · by elhombrelibre · 20 replies
    Times of Israel ^ | 14 Apr 14 | Rebecca Shimoni Stoil
    WASHINGTON – The Westboro Baptist Church, an extremist organization known for its anti-gay activism, announced that it will picket the funerals of the three people killed in Sunday afternoon’s shooting attacks at two Kansas City Jewish sites. The church, which has famously picketed funerals of US military personnel and has protested against the American Jewish community, sent out a tweet shortly after the shooting saying, “Thank God for shootings at Overland Park KS jewish centers! Westboro to picket funerals. God did not passover.”
  • BREAKING: ABC Apologizes for Story That Connected Mozilla CEO to Hateful Westboro Baptist

    04/11/2014 11:43:56 AM PDT · by kingattax · 35 replies
    Newsbusters ^ | April 11, 2014 | Scott Whitlock
    ABC News Vice President Jeffrey Schneider has apologized for a story on his network that connected a CEO who supports traditional marriage to the Westboro Baptist Church and their offensive "God hates fags" signs. Mr. Schneider contacted the Media Research Center on Thursday after our social media department requested members call and complain about the comparison.
  • Westboro church founder Fred Phelps dies

    03/21/2014 4:43:01 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 29 replies
    Fred Phelps -- the founding pastor of a Kansas church known for its virulently anti-gay protests at public events, including military funerals -- has died, the church said Thursday. The 84-year-old died of natural causes at 11:15 p.m. Wednesday, according to church spokesman Steve Drain.
  • Westboro Baptist Church founder Fred Phelps: The Unsung Hero of the Gay Rights Movement

    03/19/2014 8:49:28 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 37 replies
    FrontPage Mag ^ | 03/19/2014 | Daniel Greenfield
    If there is one man who can be credited for the success of the gay rights movement, it’s Westboro Baptist Church founder Fred Phelps.Phelps did more than anyone to make opposition to homosexuality seem as toxic as possible by picketing the funerals of soldiers with anti-gay slogans. There probably wasn’t a more inspired way to make anti-gay sentiments seem as unacceptable as possible.If the Phelps clan had deliberately set out to implement gay marriage in America, they could not have chosen a better method and who is to say that they didn’t.The Phelps, with their background in civil rights...
  • Fred Phelps legacy: Should Westboro Baptist founder be picketed when he dies?

    03/18/2014 12:46:45 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 36 replies
    CS Monitor ^ | 03/18/2014 | By Patrik Jonsson
    With reports that Westboro Baptist Church founder Fred Phelps is near death, some gay-rights advocates are conflicted. In the end, they say, his actions actually helped their cause. For most of the past 20 years, gay Americans dreaded Fred Phelps Sr. and the “God hates fags” pickets by members of his Westboro Baptist Church, a congregation that believes that disciples who do not attack those they see as sinful will themselves be punished by God. But amid reports that Mr. Phelps is now seriously ill at a Topeka, Kan., hospice facility, some religion experts and gay activists are suggesting that...
  • The Founder Of Westboro Baptist Church Is On His Death Bed...

    03/17/2014 11:16:54 PM PDT · by Impala64ssa · 32 replies
    Chicks on the Right ^ | 3/17/14 | Daisy
    Fred Phelps - the founder of Westboro Baptist Church - is on his death bed, apparently. You remember Fred. He's the guy who hates Jews, black people, gay people, soldiers, America....need I go on? He just hates a LOT of people. You know.
  • Westboro Baptist Church To Protest Fred Phelps' Funeral, Says Daughter

    03/17/2014 2:21:19 PM PDT · by markomalley · 182 replies
    International Business Times ^ | 3/17/2014 | Maria Vultaggio
    After finding out Rev. Fred Phelps Sr. was on the verge of death many quipped the Westboro Baptist Church, the very organization he founded, would picket his funeral like they have so many others in the past. It might sound like a joke but apparently it’s the real deal: the WBC will hold a demonstration at the funeral of their former pastor.Rev. Fred Phelps Sr., the founder of the Westboro Baptist Church, was reportedly excommunicated from the group.Phelps Sr., 84, began to make headlines over the weekend after his estranged son Nathan posted a note to Facebook where he said...
  • Missouri students block Westboro Baptist protest of Michael Sam

    02/16/2014 9:45:48 AM PST · by Morgana · 38 replies
    CBS sports ^ | Chip Patterson
    EyeOn College Basketball Missouri students block Westboro Baptist protest of Michael Sam By Chip Patterson | College Writer February 15, 2014 4:46 pm ET The Missouri community has shown overwhelming support for Michael Sam since the Tigers' football star announced that he was gay earlier this month. On Saturday a group of students united to drown out the protest efforts of the Westboro Baptist Church. The group was in town for the Tigers' home basketball game against Tennessee, protesting Missouri's support of Sam outside Mizzou Arena. Students blocked the Westboro Baptist protesters from view with a human wall, turned their...
  • Westboro Baptist Church Leader Praises Obama – Bashes Tea Party

    10/29/2013 9:21:05 AM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 33 replies
    The Gateway Pundit ^ | October 23, 2013 | Jim Hoft
    Westboro Baptist Church co-leader Margie Phelps praised Obama today and bashed the Tea Party. @GaltsGultch Obama Is the Only reason our country is a flote. thank God for Obama. Ta party freaks are killing our country. #tcot— Margie Phelps (@MargieJPhelps) October 23, 2013
  • .. 2,000 residents of a town lined the funeral procession ...block out Westboro Baptist protest

    10/28/2013 7:54:18 AM PDT · by Morgana · 9 replies
    mail online ^ | Alex Ward
    FULL TITLE: Touching moment 2,000 residents of a town lined the funeral procession of a local soldier with flags to block out Westboro Baptist protest To counter a planned Westboro Baptist protest at the funeral of a local soldier, 2,000 town residents lined the streets. Oregon locals congregated en masse at Army Ranger Cody James Patterson’s memorial service after the Kansas-based church, notorious for offensively picketing the funerals of servicemen killed in action, decided to target his service. Oregon State University students Matt Enloe and Lexie Lynn Merrill organized a Facebook event, encouraging residents to peacefully counter the church’s protest....
  • Westboro Baptist Church Misspells “Illiterate” On Flyer Accusing People Of Being Illiterate

    07/19/2013 3:27:27 PM PDT · by therightliveswithus · 47 replies
    Pundit Press ^ | 7/19/13 | Aurelius
    The Westboro Baptist Church regularly pickets at the funerals of children, returning vets, and even tried to protest the people who lost their lives in the Boston Bombings. Their disgusting actions, however, are not always without irony. In an ad released on July 14th, the group claimed that American soldiers are being killed by God because gay marriage has been allowed to continued in the United States. They also wondered if all Americans were "illerate." Yes, not "illiterate," but "illerate:" Well then... I think this explains a lot about them.
  • Westboro Baptist Church bears witness to gay wedding

    06/24/2013 1:29:32 PM PDT · by Impala64ssa · 16 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | 6/24/13 | Nina Golgowski
    ...ceremony officiated by lesbian Baptist minister directly across the street A lesbian couple gave the bigots at the Gay-hating Westboro Baptist Church a taste of their own medicine by tying the knot in an outdoor ceremony across the street from the church. The Westboro members, who are infamous for staging anti-Gay protests at the funerals of fallen soldiers, were forced to watch as Kimberly Kidwell and Katie Short said “I do” just 50 feet from their front doors in Topeka, Kan. Same-sex marriage is not legal in Kansas, but the couple proceeded with the ceremony with the help of an...
  • Westboro Baptist Church thanks God for Boston bombs, vows funeral protests

    04/16/2013 9:56:15 AM PDT · by markomalley · 65 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | 4/16/2013 | Cheryl K. Chumley
    Westboro Baptist Church said that the bombings during the Boston Marathon were sent by God as punishment for same-sex marriage and that members would definitely show up at funerals to protest. The group posted the message on its Twitter site, with a headline that read, “Thank God for the Boston marathon bombs.” The release continued: “WBC to picket the funeral of those killed by the bombing in Boston. … The federal government is classifying the bombs as a terrorist attack, but say it’s unclear if it’s of a domestic or foreign nature. Here’s a hint — God sent the bombs!...
  • Westboro Church to protest at fallen Marine's funeral in Slidell, Louisiana

    12/21/2012 6:53:53 AM PST · by LSUfan · 17 replies
    The Examiner ^ | 20 Dec 12 | Dana Viera
    The Westboro Baptist Church had said that they planned to picket and protest at the funeral services of the 27 victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre that occurred last Friday but so far their threats have not happened. Now they are saying via their website,, that they will preach to everyone at the fallen marine, Sgt. Michael Guillory of Pearl River, Louisiana's funeral...
  • Bikers show up to protect mourners from Westboro Baptist protest

    12/20/2012 11:44:18 AM PST · by raccoonradio · 58 replies
    Cochrane Times ^ | 12/19/12 | Cochrane Times
    Bikers seem to have thwarted attempts by the Westboro Baptist Church to protest the funeral of Newtown, Conn., shooting victim Principal Dawn Hochsprung. The vocal right-wing Christian group, whose website is, produced a video called "God Sent the Shooter," and has blamed the massacre on gay marriage. It put Hochsprung's funeral on its online "picket schedule." But there was no sign of the church group, as local newspaper the Newtown Patch live-blogged throughout the day with updates, and reported that people had arrived from as far away as Massachusetts to protect the mourners -- just in case. Bikers from...
  • Connecticut school shooting: Westboro Baptist Church planning to picket

    12/15/2012 2:04:33 PM PST · by raccoonradio · 72 replies ^ | 12/15/12 | Examiner
    Less than 48 hours after the Connecticut school shooting at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT, which took place on Dec. 14, the Westboro Baptist Church is already making plans to picket. The Westboro Baptist Church is known for picketing and protesting at funerals across the country.(snip) “Westboro 'God hates Fags' Baptist Church is planning to pciket at Sandy Hook, to praise 'God's judgment,'” Margie Phelps tweeted as well on Dec. 15.
  • Texas A&M students create human wall to block Westboro Baptist protesters

    07/07/2012 5:02:59 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 28 replies
    The Examiner ^ | July 5, 2012 | Angel Clark
    Many shades of red are normally associated with anger, however, on Thursday, a "wall of maroon" was a show of love and respect in Texas. Lt. Col. Roy Tisdale, a Texas A&M University graduate in 1993, was killed during a training exercise at Fort Bragg on June 28. During a safety briefing in North Carolina, Lt. Col. Tisdale was shot and killed by a fellow soldier who committed suicide. Family members and friends were shocked at the loss, claiming that with all of the deployments Tisdale had, they never thought anything would happen to him at home. The Westboro Baptist...
  • Anti-gay church to protest Powell boys' memorial service

    02/09/2012 9:42:26 PM PST · by Mariner · 22 replies
    KOMO News Seattle ^ | Feb 9, 2012 | KOMO Staff
    TACOMA, Wash. - A rabidly anti-gay church known for its loud protests is planning to picket Saturday's funeral for the two sons of missing mom Susan Powell, who died in a raging house fire Sunday. Margie Phelps of the Topeka, Kan.-based Westboro Baptist Church sent out a tweet saying the church will attend the boys' memorial service as a protest against the pending legalization of gay marriage in Washington state. The two boys, Charlie and Braden Powell, were killed Sunday in a gasoline-fueled house fire set by their father Josh Powell after they arrived for a supervised visit. Powell himself...
  • Radical Church, Unions Could Share Protest Stage

    01/25/2012 2:53:04 PM PST · by Abathar · 6 replies ^ | 1/25/2012 | Derrik Thomas
    INDIANAPOLIS -- A controversial church and Indiana union members could find themselves sharing the same stage before the Super Bowl. The Kansas-based Westboro Baptist Church, which is known for its radical demonstrations outside soldier funerals, has announced it plans to travel to Indianapolis to picket outside the Super Bowl. Teamsters upset over the divisive right-to-work bill that passed the House on Wednesday said previously they also plan to protest outside the big game to bring national attention to their issue. The Super Bowl Host Committee has set up two so-called free speech zones at South and Illinois streets and on...
  • I'm Christian, Unless You're Gay

    01/14/2012 4:53:20 AM PST · by goodwithagun · 101 replies
    Today I want to write about something that has bothered me for the better part of a decade. I’ve carved out no fewer than a dozen drafts of this post, all strangely unalike, all ultimately failing to accomplish the job I’ve set out to do. Truth is, I’ve been trying to write it off and on for more than a year now, and the right words have been seemingly impossible to come by. In the end, and in order to post it, I guess I had to care more about the message than I do about potential backlash. I’m not...
  • FBI Invited Controversial Church To Talk To Agents (Westboro B C consultants on counter-terrorism)

    06/29/2011 3:06:41 PM PDT · by Paleo Conservative · 11 replies
    NPR ^ | June 29, 2011 | Dina Temple-Raston
    The Westboro Baptist Church is infamous for picketing soldiers' funerals with signs like "Thank God for Dead Soldiers" and "God Hates the USA." Yet the FBI recently invited leaders of the fundamentalist church to the Quantico Marine base in Virginia to talk to FBI agents as part of the bureau's counterterrorism training program. But after four sessions this spring, the FBI canceled the arrangement amid criticism from inside the bureau, while church leaders claimed that they had been misled. The church group, led by Pastor Fred Phelps and based in Topeka, Kan., says its protests are intended to tell the...
  • Westboro Baptist Picketers a No Show in Joplin During Tornado Memorial

    05/30/2011 12:19:02 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 17 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 05/30/2011 | Michelle Vu
    Westboro Baptist Church members did not show up on Sunday afternoon in Joplin as expected. But thousands of Joplin supporters did show up and lined the streets armed with signs that declare, "God Loves Joplin," just in case. The extremist Westboro group, known for picketing at funerals of military officers, had announced earlier that they would protest in Joplin, Mo., on Sunday against President Obama, who spoke at a memorial service for tornado victims. In the group's press release, they also claim that Joplin was hit by a tornado as God's punishment for the sins of residents. But when Sunday...
  • Westboro Baptist Church Members Spread Hate in Wake of Tornado Tragedies

    05/29/2011 6:04:52 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 45 replies · 1+ views
    Gather ^ | 05/29/2011 | Reno Berkeley
    In predictable, yet despicable fashion, members of Westboro Baptist Church of Kansas are spreading their hate around for recent tornado victims. Fred Phelps and company have allegedly been trolling the Facebook pages of missing tornado victims, leaving hateful and taunting comments. While most of those comments have been deleted, they have left family members and supporters shaken and angry. On Monday, when only 89 deaths had been confirmed, WBC posted a scathing and gleeful document on its website, celebrating the deaths as proof of God's anger over rampant homosexuality. The most recent flier, dated May 25, begins by thanking God...
  • Westboro Baptist Church "Thanks God" for Joplin Tornado Victims

    05/27/2011 8:32:29 PM PDT · by katiedidit1 · 82 replies
    San Diego Entertainer ^ | May 27, 2011 | Allie Daugherty
    The Westboro Baptist Church (WBC) has found a new group of people to rally against. The Kansas church, most infamous for its hatred of homosexuals, posted a document last Monday on its website celebrating the deaths of the Joplin, Missouri tornado victims. “Thank God for 89 dead & counting in Joplin, Mo & 1 dead in Reading, KS!” the document declared in capital letters. “God’s whirlwind is pounding the enemies of Christ! WBC will picket your raging blasphemous stinky memorials!”
  • Controversial Westboro Baptist Church Plans Protest in Joplin

    05/26/2011 10:36:30 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 112 replies
    KSPR ^ | May 26, 2011
    Church members plan to protest when President Obama visits tornado victimsThe controversial Westboro Baptist Church is planning to protest President Obama's visit to Joplin, Missouri Sunday. On its website, the church writes, "Thank God for 125 dead in Joplin." Church members claim Missouri Governor Jay Nixon has attacked them by promoting laws banning them from protesting at soldiers' funerals.
  • Mississippi Town Destroys Westboro Baptist Plans

    04/23/2011 2:20:11 PM PDT · by BulletBobCo · 51 replies · 5+ views
    Retire Like Me ^ | April 21, 2011
    The Westboro Baptist Church once again makes the headlines. This time however, the good news is that they were foiled in their attempts to disrupt another serviceman’s funeral. Mississippi gives the Westboro the kind of welcome that we would all like to give. Since we have reported on the Westboro Baptist Church a few times here, it is fitting that we update you on the latest. Last Saturday, USMC Staff Sgt. Jason Rogers was laid to rest in Brandon, Mississippi. He was killed in action in Afghanistan on April 7th. Many of the town’s residents paid homage along the route...
  • Imperfect Justice in Snyder v. Phelps

    03/26/2011 8:42:41 AM PDT · by Mary Kochan · 5 replies
    Catholic Lane ^ | 3/26/11 | Dr. Mark W. Hendrickson
    On March 2, the Supreme Court issued a decision in the case Snyder v. Phelps that illustrates the difficulty of balancing competing claims to rights and justice in our judicial system. The court overturned a lower court’s $5 million tort judgment against Pastor Fred Phelps of the Westboro Baptist Church of Topeka, Kansas, for invasion of privacy and inflicting emotional distress on the Albert Snyder family....
  • Imperfect Justice in Snyder v. Phelps

    03/26/2011 8:42:11 AM PDT · by Mary Kochan
    Catholic Lane ^ | 3/26/11 | Dr. Mark W. Hendrickson
    On March 2, the Supreme Court issued a decision in the case Snyder v. Phelps that illustrates the difficulty of balancing competing claims to rights and justice in our judicial system. The court overturned a lower court’s $5 million tort judgment against Pastor Fred Phelps of the Westboro Baptist Church of Topeka, Kansas, for invasion of privacy and inflicting emotional distress on the Albert Snyder family....
  • Westboro Baptist Church Plans to Protest Elizabeth Taylor's Funeral

    03/23/2011 4:55:39 PM PDT · by Beaten Valve · 51 replies
    TIME Magazine via Reuters ^ | March 23, 2011 | Mario Anzuoni
    Friends and family of Elizabeth Taylor may get unexpected visitors at her funeral — picketers from the Westboro Baptist Church. Margie Phelps, daughter of the hate group's leader Fred Phelps, tweeted Wednesday that they would picket Taylor's funeral, most likely because of Taylor's gay friends and humanitarian work against AIDS. Phelps also tweeted several attacks on Taylor, including "RIP Elizabeth Taylor is in hell as sure as you're reading this & getting mad as a wet hen. She should've obeyed God. Too late!"
  • The Thought We Hate

    03/16/2011 9:40:05 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 10 replies ^ | March 16, 2011 | Paul Greenberg
    "... if there is any principle of the Constitution that more imperatively calls for attachment than any other it is the principle of free thought -- not free thought for those who agree with us but freedom for the thought that we hate." --Oliver Wendell Holmes The words Chief Justice John Roberts just used in Snyder v. Phelps will surely find their way into the law books. For he was defending the very essence of freedom of speech, which is freedom not for the ideas we approve of -- they're in no danger of being suppressed -- but freedom for...
  • Why the Supreme Court Sided With Westboro Baptist

    03/13/2011 7:46:27 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 72 replies ^ | March 13, 2011 | Ken Connor
    In America, it's easy to take freedom speech for granted. After all, for citizens of the United States, free speech is a birthright, an ideal deeply woven into the fabric of society and culture. Sometimes, however, our ideals come into conflict with reality, and our convictions are put to the test. When a cherished liberty is exploited for a dubious purpose, do the perpetrators of that exploitation retain the right to exercise that liberty, or should the right be circumscribed "for the greater good?" The US Supreme Court answered this question last week with its ruling that the anti-military, anti-gay...
  • Westboro Baptist to picket funeral of 7 Mennonite children

    03/11/2011 3:03:53 PM PST · by Route797 · 69 replies
    Lebanon Daily News ^ | 3-11-2011 | Lebanon Daily News
    Fresh off their Supreme Court victory allowing them to picket funerals of military soldiers, members of the Westboro Baptist Church have announced plans to picket the funerals of seven Mennonite children killed Tuesday night when their Perry County farmhouse caught fire. The children, ages 7 months to 11 years, were killed when a fire started in the home while their mother was milking cows and their father was on his milk delivery route.Their three-year-old daughter managed to escape and alert the mother, but the fire had already overwhelmed the wooden structure, police said. The group from Topeka, Kan., said the...
  • CARTOON: Horns vs Dilemma

    03/10/2011 1:34:10 PM PST · by daletoons · 4 replies
    Out of Order Blog ^ | 3-10-11 | Dale
    Lost and saved alike can agree that if they never see Westboro's Phelps gang again, it will be too soon. The Supreme Court has found the cult's outrageous behavior to be protected by the First Amendment. Many on the right have disagreed with the decision because they rightly desire to protect the grief stricken families of fallen patriots from the evil taunts of the death loving Phelps family. If the government shuts down these jokers, who's next? The lefty media delights in describing the WBC as "Fundamentalist Christians." Nothing would please the left more than seeing the public proclamation of...
  • Westboro attorney: Obama, justices going to hell

    03/07/2011 10:50:32 AM PST · by rightwingintelligentsia · 51 replies
    Politico ^ | March 6, 2011
    The attorney who won the Supreme Court case last week affirming the Westboro Baptist Church’s right to stage anti-gay protests outside military funerals suggested on Sunday the high court’s nine justices are going to hell. “I have no objective indicator otherwise. The default for mankind is hell unless you bring forth fruits meet for repentance. The assumption is that you will end up in hell when you quit your life on this Earth,” attorney Margie Phelps said during an appearance on “Fox News Sunday.” Phelps is the daughter of Westboro’s founder, the Rev. Fred Phelps. “There is a duty of...
  • Palin: First Amendment should not protect protestors at military funerals

    03/02/2011 3:00:58 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 77 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | March 2, 2011 | Chris Moody
    Sarah Palin criticized Wednesday’s Supreme Court decision that upheld a Kansas church’s right to protest at military funerals, a sign of where the potential 2012 presidential contender draws the line on free speech. “Common sense & decency absent as wacko ‘church’ allowed hate msgs spewed @ soldiers’ funerals but we can’t invoke God’s name in public square,” Palin said via her Twitter account shortly after the Supreme Court announced the decision. The Topeka-based Westboro Baptist Church, which has no affiliation to any other Baptist organization, sends members to picket funerals of military servicemen who were killed in action. The group’s...
  • Supreme Court rules for anti-gay church over military funeral protests.

    03/02/2011 10:11:47 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 32 replies
    CNN ^ | 03/02/2011 | Bill Mears
    A Kansas church known for its angry, anti-gay protests at funerals of U.S. troops won an appeal Wednesday at the Supreme Court in a case testing the competing constitutional rights of free speech and privacy. In an 8-1 ruling, the justices said that members of Westboro Baptist Church had a right to promote what they call a broad-based message on public matters such as wars. The father of a fallen Marine had sued the small church, saying those protests amounted to targeted harassment and an intentional infliction of emotional distress. "Speech is powerful. It can stir people to action, move...
  • Westboro Baptist Church to protest Veterans Funeral in Bordentown, NJ 1/22/2011

    01/21/2011 3:10:35 PM PST · by CharlieL · 45 replies
    I've received word that Westboro Baptist Church (according to their website) will be picketing the funeral of a decorated veteran in Bordentown, NJ on Saturday, January 22nd. We are seeking volunteers to form a silent wall to block the sight of it so the family can bury their son in peace.