After Demonstrating At Lesbian Soldier’s Funeral, Westboro Baptists Lose Legal Battle

Last week, the Phelps clan sunk to new lows as the Westboro Baptist Church protested the funeral of Donna Johnson, a married lesbian soldier who was killed in a bombing in Afghanistan. Now the WBC has lost its appeal against a Missouri statute limiting protests at funerals.

Ain’t karma a bitch?

On Tuesday, a panel of federal judges in the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a Manchester, MO, law that bans protests within 300 years yards of a funeral or memorial service an hour before or after the ceremony. Reversing an earlier decision which had found the measure unconstitutional, the judges ruled that demonstrators had other venues in which to share their views.

“[The court] weighed the benefits of the First Amendment and the rights of families who were grieving the loss of family members who were, for the most part, members of the military,” said prosecutor Patrick R Gunn.

The WBC loves to demonstrate outside military funerals—they say their deaths are proof of God’s hatred of America tolerating homosexuality.  Yeah, it doesn’t make any sense to us either.



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  • EdWoody

    A lawsuit won’t stop them. A bullet will stop them.

  • Sebizzar

    @EdWoody: Agreed. And I’m one who believes violence won’t solve anything, but what else do we have left with this poor excuse of a family.

  • 2eo

    Some people are better off dead, and suffering because their god hates them, which he does. These horrid people would be in Guantamano if they were muslims.

  • Mjl-428

    one thing: “yards” not “years”

    second: all of the adults need to be dispatched and the children reprogrammed, and fast.


    The pleasure to heat Christian, I been practice it for years now! you should try it to!.
    The USA should introduce the concentration camps for Christian only!.

  • 2eo

    @KARUADAM: I, and most people don’t hate the run of the mill turn up to church and say grace people.

    We have it in for the people using it to push bigotry and violent hate.

    It’s a crying shame it is heading for a showdown of secular intelligence versus another regression into another dark age, and sadly at the minute I see the religionists winning, to the fall of civilised society once again.

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