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Funeral-protesting church member sues prosecutors

August 10, 2010


— A member of a Kansas church that protests at soldiers’ funerals because it believes God is punishing the U.S. for tolerating homosexuality filed a lawsuit on Monday in federal court accusing Sarpy County prosecutors of violating her rights.

The lawsuit is the latest filed by Shirley Phelps-Roper, who was arrested in 2007 during a protest at the funeral of a National Guardsman in Bellevue. Authorities say she let her then-10-year-old son stand on an American flag and she wore a flag as a skirt that dragged on the ground.

Phelps-Roper’s lawsuit says Sarpy County Attorney Lee Polikov, as well as other prosecutors in the office, violated her constitutional rights “by investigating her for protected expressive activity,” among other things.

Phelps-Roper is a member of Westboro Baptist Church of Topeka that has about 75 members, all but about a dozen of them relatives of the church’s pastor, Fred Phelps. Church members travel around the country protesting at soldiers’ funerals because they believe U.S. troop deaths are punishment for the nation’s tolerance of homosexuality. Members often trample on, wear and display the American flag upside-down as part of their protests.


Ron Holzwarth 7 years, 6 months ago

II hope the jury is sane and gives her the amount that she deserves.

Tammy Copp-Barta 7 years, 6 months ago

Where is Jim Jones and his "kool-aid" when we need him :(

SDTPlant 7 years, 6 months ago

The media continues to insist that this group is a "church." Everyone knows that they are a cult of the cloned progeny of Phred. The offspring not cloned ESCAPED the abusiveness of his "preaching." We have been burdened for years with them in Topeka. Wait, the world has been burdened with them! Send them back out to SF to protest and lock the bus doors after they get off. The short bus.

Randall Uhrich 7 years, 6 months ago

Fred Phelps is nothing but a raging closet queer gone mad. Look at his protest signs--he's obsessed with anal sex between men. The sooner he's called out the sooner we can be done with all his foolishness.

Ron Holzwarth 7 years, 6 months ago

It is embarrassing to have to share my birthday with Fred Phelps on November 13 every year.

Ron Holzwarth 7 years, 6 months ago

But I am somewhat consoled by the fact that his beloved daughter, Shirley Phelps-Roper, was born on Halloween.

mr_right_wing 7 years, 6 months ago

...and the dozen that aren't related to the Phelps only go because they have nowhere else to go since the State Mental Hospital closed down. The inbred insanity they see each Sunday is comforting.

Ron Holzwarth 7 years, 6 months ago

"Would it be right to harass people for worshiping in a church?"

I do not know about the Christian churches, but if you are going to the Jewish worship service at the Temple in Topeka, you have to drive past the crowd with their signs telling you that God hates you and that you are going to Hell at least twice a month.

At least one of their signs quite graphically depicts, well, I'm not sure how to describe it, but it should be considered very graphic sexual obscenity. I don't see how they get away with displaying a sign like that in public.

That might be considered harrassment, or infringing on other people's rights.

And the really strange thing is, Jews generally don't believe in a literal Hell anyway.

Doug Peschka 7 years, 1 month ago

Shirley Phelps-Roper reminds me of the typical schoolyard bully who hits an innocent kid on the playground, then bruises himself on purpose and runs to the principle, or to the nearest police officer, screaming "WAAH! That kid hit me!!" The tragedy is -- these Phelpsies are trained lawyers who know exactly how to get away with this.

A few years ago, I and a few others were standing outside Kemper Arena in Kansas City, during a Promise Keepers convention there, offering Christian Vegetarian Association literature to folks entering the building. A gathering of Christian men, right?

When we had distributed all of our material, as we were leaving, the "Phelpsies" were arriving, to protest against the Promise Keepers. Yep, the Phelpsies were protesting against Christians. As we were walking away from the Kemper Arena grounds, Judy Carman called out to them "But God LOVES Everybody!" One of the "Phelpsies" hollered back as loud and hostile as he possibly could: "NO HE DOESN'T! SHUT UP!"

Fred Phelps and his Orchestra are not Christians at all; They are Antichrists.

It sure looks to me like their whole agenda is to deliberately make Christians look bad to the rest of the world.

Doug Peschka 7 years, 1 month ago

[Spell-checker malfunction: I typed that "NO HE DOESN'T! SHUT UP!" in all-caps to denote that Phelpsie's shouting at us, but it posted in all lower-case.]

riverdrifter 7 years, 1 month ago

Arizona just outlawed the creeps -or tried to. Zona must be new at it.

I sense that the Phelps clan is pushing the envelope a bit much -even for them.

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