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Federal judge stops Missouri sheriff from enforcing law if Phelps protest funeral

November 24, 2010

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— A federal judge has entered a consent judgment barring an eastern Missouri sheriff from enforcing state statutes prohibiting desecration of the flag and protests near funerals.

The American Civil Liberties Union said Tuesday that the case may be the first to challenge Missouri's flag desecration statute.

Earlier this year, St. Francois County Sheriff Dan Bullock pledged to enforce Missouri's flag desecration and funeral protest laws if members of Westboro Baptist Church protested at the funeral of a soldier. The ACLU filed suit in June on behalf of Shirley Phelps-Roper, a member of Westboro Baptist, based in Topeka, Kan.

Members of the church have drawn national attention for protests to express their view that U.S. deaths in Afghanistan and Iraq are God's punishment for American immorality and tolerance of homosexuality and abortion.

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autie 3 years, 4 months ago

What the people in Missouri need to truly remember is that God Hates Tires. Remember Mcalester OK. Organize the massive counter protest. Drown out the Phelps' and all the while some miscreants commando up on the van and puncture all the tires. Then..and extra special, no one in town helps. God Hates Tires.

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irvan moore 3 years, 4 months ago

i find it interesting we protect the Phelps rights while taking away the rights of the Sheriff to enforce the laws of his state.

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Agnostick 3 years, 4 months ago

So, is the sheriff barred from enforcing other state statutes, as well? Statutes against things like libel, slander, assault, assault & battery, property damage, arson, use of deadly force, homicide etc. ... ?

I mean, if you're going to tie his hands... then tie his hands!!

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Starlight 3 years, 4 months ago

There was such a large turnout of supporters of the soldiers family at a recent funeral in Harrisonville that the Phelps tucked there tails between their legs and ran.

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Tom Shewmon 3 years, 4 months ago

Seems like about 10 years ago when I lived in STL, the ACLU went to bat for the KKK regarding them having an "Adopt a Highway" sign on the I-270 loop. I've seen it....but not sure what has happened since then....I believe it kept gettting taken down by vandals. The ACLU should work both ways. They shouldn't pick and choose who they'll represent based on any ideology, although I must say, it's hard to get your head around some of the things they'll take on. But that's what America has come to. Love it or leave it I suppose.

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Healthcare_Moocher 3 years, 4 months ago

Now we know what the ACLU is really all about. Distance yourselves from them.

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Keith 3 years, 4 months ago

Members of the church have drawn national attention for protests to express their view that U.S. deaths in Afghanistan and Iraq are prime opportunities for them to be attention whores.

I think this is a more concise expression of their intent.

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