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God hates whites so much he is killing spyD...?!

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Seems like a totally sane argument to me! (sarcasm)

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Kansas Church to Pay $10M for Disrupting Funeral

 

http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=15876221&ft=1&f=1001

 

A jury says a Kansas church has to pay more than $10 million in damages for protesting last year at the funeral of an American Marine killed in Iraq. Church members waved signs saying, "Thank God for Dead Soldiers." The protesters have carried out similar demonstrations at soldiers' funerals nationwide. They believe the war is God's retribution for America's tolerance of homosexuals. The Marine's father went to court seeking retribution of a different kind.

 

The fiery message of the Westboro Baptist Church has led its followers into a fight for what they say are their First Amendment rights. After what would appear at first glance to be a setback in one court, the group heads to another one on charges that include flag mutilation — and members of the Topeka, Kan.-based church could not be happier.

"Our message has exploded all over the world," a delighted Shirley Phelps-Roper said Thursday.

Phelps-Roper's comments came a day after the fundamentalist church was ordered in Maryland to pay nearly $11 million to a grieving father whose son's military funeral was the target of the congregation's frequent picketing campaigns.

The church believes that U.S. deaths in the Iraq war are punishment for the nation's tolerance of homosexuality. The protesters carry signs bearing such slogans as "Thank God for dead soldiers" and "God hates fags." Followers say they are entitled to protest at soldiers' funerals under the First Amendment, which guarantees freedom of speech and religion.

Phelps-Roper, 50, is to appear in Sarpy County Court on Monday on charges of flag mutilation, negligent child abuse, contributing to the delinquency of a minor and disturbing the peace. The charges were filed after Phelps-Roper allowed her 10-year-old son to stand on the flag while protesting at a Bellevue soldier's funeral in June.

Sarpy County Attorney Lee Polikov said when the Westboro followers specifically target grieving families, "they don't really deserve the protection of freedom of speech, freedom of religion."

Phelps-Roper's attorney, Bassel El-Kasaby, said he has asked that the case be thrown out because the charges are unconstitutional. El-Kasaby was hired by the Nebraska ACLU to represent Phelps-Roper.

Nebraska's flag law defines flag mutilation as when a "person intentionally casts contempt or ridicule upon a flag by mutilating, defacing, defiling, burning or trampling upon such flag."

Phelps-Roper has noted that the U.S. Supreme Court has struck down laws forbidding flag desecration.

Westboro has been effective in getting its name and message out, but most people will not be able to make a logical connection between homosexuality and soldiers' deaths, said David Meyer, a sociology professor at the University of California, Irvine.

"Sometimes you actually want to provoke a fury, because the action of protest is meant to be polarizing," he said. "But you hope when you do that more people break on your side than the other side."

Meyer said protesters are typically effective in encouraging social change when they fight against something generally accepted as being wrong — as happened with the Civil Rights and anti-draft movements — or when protesters can make a connection to something wrong, such as anti-abortion protesters likening abortion doctors to murderers.

Westboro's last legal fight occurred in U.S. District Court in Maryland, where Albert Snyder sued the church after a protest last year at the funeral of his son, a Marine who was killed in Iraq. He claimed the protests intruded on what should have been a private ceremony and sullied his memory of the event.

Nebraska and at least 37 other states have adopted laws restricting how close protesters can get to funerals. The laws were at least partly inspired by Westboro's protests. Congress has passed a law prohibiting such protests at federal cemeteries.

On Wednesday, the church was found liable for invasion of privacy and intent to inflict emotional distress. Jurors awarded Snyder $10.9 million.

Ronald Collins, a scholar at the First Amendment Center, said that while he finds the church's message reprehensible, it is protected by the Constitution. He expects the judgment to be thrown out on appeal.

"You don't get around the First Amendment by issuing an $10.9 million verdict," Collins said.

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Re: God hates fags so much he is killing heterosexuals...?!

 

maybe I should of made the title "god hates fags so he's starting a war and killing everybody"

 

eh whatever the case these people are fucking crazy assholes to do this shit to some guys whose kid died over there...I hope he gets his $$$ola

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i fucking hate these people. twisted motherfuckers.

 

 

btw. there is no god.

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I am extermely pro freedom of speech, no matter how retarded it is.

 

Since I am a Soldier I hate these guys, but I do support that they can do this. Just because it is disrespectful and I do not understand it, does not mean they should stop doing it.

 

With freedom of speech, you have to take all the good and the bad that people can give.

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BTW, if i was at a funeral and they were doing this, I would get arrested for assulting them.

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agree with cilone. i don't like it, but i can choose to not give them my attention.

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me and canada are gonna be tight in like 5 years...

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On you tube search The most hated family in america.

 

BBC documentary about the Phelps family and how fucking

 

whack they are. Very unbelievably brainwashed kids.

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On you tube search The most hated family in america.

 

I hate crackheads or any parents that do not take care of their kids basic needs more then this family.

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i live close to kansas. i wouldn't be surprised if they get massacred someday.

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^what kind of shit is "i live close to kansas"? I can understand someone saying that they live near a town or county, but a state is too much. that is like me saying i live near Alabama because I live in Georgia.

 

And if they have not been "massacred" yet, why would they now? because kansas is soooo tough????

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me and canada are gonna be tight in like 5 years...

 

Yeah because we don't have religious nutjobs up here...

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Yeah because we don't have religious nutjobs up here...

 

yea but i wont be ashamed i will be like dont blame me I am from the united states. and then if somebody says some shit about americans I can just be like hey dont blame me i moved to canada...

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i heard this bitch a while back on howard stern.

bitch makes no sense at all.

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yea but i wont be ashamed i will be like dont blame me I am from the united states. and then if somebody says some shit about americans I can just be like hey dont blame me i moved to canada...

 

 

:lol:

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because normal people dont fire bomb things. People in the article are the ones who fire bomb things...kinda suck doesnt it...

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Yeah, but being as litterally everybody hates them motherfuckers I'd imagine there'd be some other wack jobs out there that would be willing to step to the plate.

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Welcome to 1999 motherfucker.

Check out Louis Theroux, he went there and was very English and polite and spoke to them.

Great documentary.

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