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This is a story about an upcoming Supreme Court case to decide an issue of the 1st Amendment's right of Free Speech.

These people kind of remind me of the psychotic religious fanaticism of somebody like that crazy Pastor Manning ... or the recent psycho that wanted to burn the Koran. 

I have a hard time understanding how people can cloak what is clearly pure *hatred* and ugliness with what is supposed to be religion and spirituality and *Christian* behavior and believe, without question, that what they are doing is right.   I can't figure out if these people are just insane ... or merely brainwashed ... or just plain stupid ... or maybe it's a combination of the three.

At any rate ... here is the summary of what the video is about:

10/5/10: Pastor Fred Phelps and several members of the Westboro Baptist Church discuss their upcoming case before the Supreme Court, in which they'll be arguing for their right to picket at military funerals with the message that soldier deaths are divine punishment for America's tolerance of homosexuality.

Read a Q&A about the case with First Amendment expert Floyd Abrams.

K. Ryan Jones is the director of 'Fall From Grace,' the only feature-length documentary about the Westboro Baptist Church, which is available on DVD.


And here is the LINK TO THE VIDEO.
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I spent most of the night trying to figure out why this just didn't set well with me .... and I guess in the end I just don't believe that "legal" authority should be considered the end-all and be-all aspect of governance.

I believe there should be (and in fact there is a great NEED for there to be) a "moral" authority adhered to, in some sense, coupled with what is right 'legally' ... in order to have a better societal balance .. and a more righteous and dignified society, at that.  And  that that lack of moral consciousness and the deferment of what is fundamentally right and just to a shaky-at-best and ever-changing sense of 'legality'  is one of the biggest reasons why this country - and indeed the entire globe - seems to be going to hell in a handbasket at rapid speed!! 

Having a constitutional right to "free speech" doesn't mean that what you have to say is the right thing to say...  or a good thing ... or that you should say it, or that it should be deemed acceptable.  Just because it's right "by law" doesn't mean it's not wrong in other ways.

Those people and their signs should be deem disgusting, reprehensible and unacceptable by any standard of decency.  And, IMO, should not be able to hide behind "law" to be able to do something that is clearly repulsive in the eyes of anybody with even a shred of humanity in them.

And though arguments can and would be made as to what is "moral" ... it's really not that hard to discern (except to those who keep the proverbial 'bug up their ass' and live just to be unreasonable, trivial and contrite!  But that would be a whole 'nother discussion entirely ). 

At any rate ... I am not a proponent of "free speech" under it's present interpretation.  I believe it's flawed and lacking ... and that those people should be locked away - either in jail or in a mental institution - and not allowed to spread their message of ignorance and hate among the masses.

Kresge, such an automated answer.  I think that it was a private event, due to the fees involved in burying the son. Therefore, they should've been held responsible for the disruption.
On the free speech piece, most people invoke this freedom in lieu of the responsibilty of thinking out their actions. So I think they are idiots.

Kresge, such an automated answer. I think that it was a private event, due to the fees involved in burying the son. Therefore, they should've been held responsible for the disruption. On the free speech piece, most people invoke this freedom in lieu of the responsibilty of thinking out their actions. So I think they are idiots.

Westboro was on public property and adhered to all the laws governing public protest (they were the legal distance from the event and did not violate ordinances with respect to unruly behavior. Protecting free speech is imperative for any society that aspires to be just, IMO.,0,3649584.story


Supporters Block Funeral Protest in Weston

Reported by: Meredith Hoenes

FOX 4 Web Producer

November 6, 2010


People in Weston, Missouri banded together on Saturday. They wanted to protect loved ones who were saying goodbye to a fallen soldier. They stood up to members of the Wetboro 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 residents, but hundreds of people showed up to support the family of First Sgt. Sadell.

Sadell was in the Arif Kala region of Afghanistan when his unit was ambushed October 5. Five soldiers died and Sadell was badly injured.

"If you think about it, they've all gone to serve just so we could be able to do this," said Rebecca Rooney who organized the supporters. "He didn't die in vain."

Rebecca Rooney is a Weston resident who wanted to stand up against Fred Phelps and his followers.

"We got everybody here early so we could take up all the parking spots," Rooney said. ."We did that so Mr. Phelps wouldn't have a contingency that was really close."

Supporters came armed with patriotic music and American flags.

Protesters didn't stick around long once they saw the supporters.

"I'm glad they left, but I'm sad they came," Rooney said.

People came from Blue Springs, California and even Australia to be a part of the band of patriotic supporters. Half of the group lined up at the intersection while the the other half created a human shield at the funeral home.

C.J. Sadell was 34-years-old. He leaves behind a wife and two sons.



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