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Phelps church prepares for U.S. Supreme Court case

A court date has been set in a case involving the Westboro Baptist Church. The church is being sued after protesting a family's funeral. The church claims the protest is protected under free speech.

August 4, 2010

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— Members of a Kansas church sued for protesting outside a Marine’s funeral are gearing up to present their case to the U.S. Supreme Court in October.

The high court is scheduled to hear arguments Oct. 6 in the case of Westboro Baptist Church, which claims its protests outside a 2006 funeral of a Marine killed in Iraq were free speech protected by the First Amendment.

The Topeka-based fundamentalist church members picket funerals of service members, contending the deaths are God’s punishment for America’s tolerance of homosexuality.

Albert Snyder, of York, Pa., sued Westboro, accusing it of inflicting emotional distress and invading his privacy when pickets protested outside the funeral of his son, Lance Cpl. Matthew Snyder, in Westminster, Md.

The court will consider whether Westboro’s message is protected by the First Amendment or limited by privacy and religious rights of mourners.

In 2007, a jury found against Westboro and awarded Snyder nearly $11 million as compensation for emotional distress and invasion of privacy. That award was later reduced and then overturned by a court of appeals.

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one_bad_marine2 3 years, 8 months ago

WBC! What a poor excuse for a "church". To teach hate, and shove it down their poor kids' throats. Making them stand there with a sign, that they can't even read, is more like child abuse. They take our Rights and twist and turn them until there isn't any real "good" left in them. We should all gather at their "church" and protest during their service. And just FYI...look at some of their financial backers...Hobby Lobby for one. I will NEVER shop there.

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Defender 3 years, 8 months ago

Actually, they should be preparing for the place in hell that is being reserved for the scum.

I will repent my sin of hating these animals, but I will never stop hating them.

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Agnostick 3 years, 8 months ago

Sadly, for some, "freedom of ___" = "freedom from responsibility for __ "

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TrooGrit 3 years, 8 months ago

I sure hope the Courts have some sense when they hear these lunatic's court case. Of course, knowing the propensity of our Highest Court and wise Latina's to rule based on actual rule of law, the lunatic Phelp's will likely prevail.

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Scott Kaiser 3 years, 8 months ago

Is WBC recieving tax-exempt status from the IRS as a "church"? Perhaps one way to throw some sand in their vaseline would be a full blown IRS audit. I'm pretty sure that there are issues persuant to that status. Maybe even enough to shut these freaks down.

Phelps doesn't represent MY God.

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areyouserious 3 years, 8 months ago

Too bad Scott Roeder didnt stop for a visit in Topeka on his way to Wichita!

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papajoshy 3 years, 8 months ago

One can only hope that Phred will make a mistake and be sent to prison...I know Bubba sure would like to make friends...

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independant1 3 years, 8 months ago

they are an annoying sect.

too bad they get yet another 15 minutes of fame

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Amy Heeter 3 years, 8 months ago

I don't really care what they do beyond them being a annoyance. Frankly I don't see the connection being being gay and dead though. Don't know God, only heard about it in my life, however I have doubts to many would want Fred speaking for them

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Stain 3 years, 8 months ago

They saw fit to defile the Free State High School graduation last May. What is wrong with them? They are a frightening-looking, inbred-looking bunch of out-of-shape, ugly misfits. I've never seen such awful-looking people.

But it's a free country. They are free to spread their hate, their ugliness, their vicious prejudice and ugly lies.

I feel sorry for the young ones.

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Liberty275 3 years, 8 months ago

Freedom of speech from 1000 feet away trumps anyone's "right" to mourn peacefully at a funeral. I put the word "right" in quotation because it doesn't exist in America as a right.

As usual, the forum is filled with people that can't see beyond the tip of their noses, totally oblivious that on the day the phelps klan can be prevented from spewing their opinions in an area approved by the local government, on that same day the government can muzzle each and every one of you for whatever arbitrary reason it chooses. You people are like the proverbial frog coming to a slow boil while throwing more wood into the fire below yourselves. It is disgusting.

Lest you think I am sympathetic to their cause, god doesn't exist. The concept is a lie. I disagree with their very core beliefs. Also, I think all humans of age should be allowed to do with their bodies what they want with any other consenting person of age they want. I'm also a veteran, so that card will be useless to any of you thinking of that rebuttal.

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blue73harley 3 years, 8 months ago

I used to tire of being nationally stereotyped as being from the land of Toto.

Those were the days!

Dog hates Phred.

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TrooGrit 3 years, 8 months ago

Agreed, when does Phred Phuckhead ever respect any rights at all, except for those of his own malicious, malcontents?

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Joel Hood 3 years, 8 months ago

Unfortunately, getting this kind of attention is just what they want. It does not matter if they win or lose their case, all they want is the national attention and that is what they are going to get.

I need a shower...

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mom_of_three 3 years, 8 months ago

I read in the Wichita paper article that the group also plans to picket along the way to DC, as well as the Supreme court while they hear the case. Hope that backfires!

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madhatter 3 years, 8 months ago

Can the U.S. Supreme Court order immediate deportation?

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Bob_Keeshan 3 years, 8 months ago

Three cheers for Steve Six for joining the case with the Snyder family on this one.

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Newell_Post 3 years, 8 months ago

Can we please put "church" in quotes? WBC is not a church. IMO, it is a contingent fee law firm (and not a very good one). It baits other people into assaulting them so they can sue for damages. Their funeral protests are just the bait.

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plivanec 3 years, 8 months ago

Regardless of your beliefs and regardless of free speech...have some compasion. These people's children and wifes and husbands have died...leave them alone and let them mourne. Anyone that protests anyone elses funeral shoud rot where the sun doesn't shine.

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ksjayhawk74 3 years, 8 months ago

Good luck. These scumbags wait for people to sue them and be taken to court, that's where they get their money from!!!

They are lawyers, represent themselves and when they win they make the plaintiff pay for the cost of their defense. Since they work for themselves...

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Paul R Getto 3 years, 8 months ago

To say the least, this will be quite interesting.

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