Westboro Baptist Church has the right to protest military funeral are protected by the First Amendment. Although it is within the legal rights of the Westboro Baptist Church,Picketing at military funerals is neither ethical nor justifiable. The church members should realize the unnecessary harm they have imposed on so many innocent people.
Protesters from the Westboro Baptist Church, reviled for such acts as showing up at the funerals of U.S. soldiers with signs reading "Thank God for Dead Soldiers" and "Pray for more dead soldiers", serve as no reason to consider weakening the First Amendment. The protesters are offensive, certainly, but they pose no threat to America or its citizens. Their protests have gained them no support for their ideas, and have even unified communities in opposition to the church and the ideas it promotes.
The Westboro Baptist Church has made a name for itself by protesting against homosexuality at funerals and other unexpected locations. Although their decision to protest at these solemn events is offensive to most people, the rights of the church, however ignorant and offensive, does have protection under the First Amendment.
The U.S. guarantees free speech to its citizens. The protests of the Westboro "church" are, in my opinion, morally reprehensible and cruel. But, once we start denying free speech to somebody, simply because we don't like their opinions, we undermine the rights on which our country is built, and we open the door to censorship.
The first amendment is there for everyone. We can't pick and choose who it is for when we all have freedom. We are all in America and whether everyone agrees or doesn't they have a right to freedom of speech just like everyone else. It does not state that only certain people can speak freely.
...Katrina, Pretty harsh right? These are all common phrases publically protested by a church called the WestboroBaptistchurch. You would think such comments should be illegal to chant out in public considering that gay marriage is now legal in some states and also that soldiers are out fighting for us, however members of the WestboroBaptistchurch feel differently.WestboroBaptistchurch was established in 1955. Located in Topeka, Kansas, Their goal is to “preach the Word of God to this crooked and perverse generation”. They take on such goals by publically protesting these horrendous phrases on street corners, gay festivals, and more shockingly the funerals of dead soldiers. Sounds illegal and disrespectful however according to the firstamendment, which is freedom of speech, they are within the words of the law.
I am personally against the actions of the WestboroBaptistchurch. In my opinion it is downright disrespectful and should not be allowed. However in a legal aspect such protesting and picketing are done carefully within the law. According to the The Respect for America’s Fallen Heroes Act, you must stand at least 500 feet away, which is exactly what they do. Shouting phrases and holding up signs that would make anyone’s...
...A View Inside The WestboroBaptistChurch
Unlike most modern religious groups, the WestboroBaptistChurch is unique in the fact that the organization doesn’t meet in a modern church setting. Instead, the WestboroBaptistChurch meets on Sundays to picket and protest the funerals of people whom they feel have created blasphemous acts against God. This recently included the funeral of Apple’s co-founder Steve Jobs. In an October 7th cbsnews.com article journalist Edecio Martinez quoted Margie Phelps as posting on twitter, “He had huge platform…gave God no glory and taught sin.” This in return yielded a great a greatly deal of responses by media, family, and some other government officials as well. This is the story behind the WestboroBaptistChurch and its opposing counterparts.
It is first important to understand the dynamics of the WestboroBaptistChurch. Known for its fight against the alternative lifestyles of the homosexual community, the members of the WestboroBaptistChurch have often times been referred to as the serial protesters and also have been characterized as a hate group. This church is an independent...
The WestboroBaptistChurch was founded in 1955 by Fred Phelps. During his youth he attended various Universities and Colleges. He said that he attended a Methodist revival and that was what sparked his fire in religion. Afterwards he decided to become a minister; he changed his denomination affiliation to Baptist and was ordained as a minister. His two sons insist that church is a carefully planned cult that allows its leader to make himself seem like a demigod.
Most of the community’s members are related, or are in relation to Fred Phelps. There is no exact number to how many people are affiliated with the church but a rough head count gives us the number 50. Some say the number is ranging from 70 to 90 to 150. It is understandable that they haven’t released their numbers to the public. One thing we do know for sure is that WestboroBaptistChurch is growing in size. More people are joining every year from all over the country and now that their messages have spread over the world they might be in line to get international members.
Their spiritual beliefs fall under the category of Primitive Baptism. It is the very conservative wing of the Baptist tradition. The church posses a belief in that prior to their birth certain people are elected for...
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...MilitaryFuneralProtest Fight in High Court
WASHINGTON – Supreme Court justices on Wednesday pondered the vexing question of whether the father of a dead Marine should win his lawsuit against a fundamentalist church group that picketed his son's funeral.
WestboroChurchprotest at militaryfunerals because church members say God is angry at America for its general acceptance of homosexuality, and protesting at militaryfunerals and many believe it an effective way to draw attention to their cause.
This case started four years ago in Maryland at a Marine's funeral, when members of WestboroBaptistChurch protested disrupted the proceedings of the private burial services for the Marine.
The Marine’s Dad, Albert Snyder later sued the WestboroBaptistChurch for causing him health problems, due to emotional stress. Snyder won 11 million in the suit, but by the time it got to the Federal Court it was thrown out, because of the fact of the churches FirstAmendmentRights.
This leads to several arguments such as: Is a FirstAmendment issue, or a matter of whether a private individual can sue for the...
...Snyder. The defendant is Fred W. Phelps Sr. He is a pastor and leader of the WestboroBaptistChurch based in Topeka, KS. The churchhas been known to express its beliefs that "God hates America" through protests and demonstrations at militaryfunerals across the country. In their history they have been at close to 600 funerals. Snyder's funeral was set to be held in his hometown of Westminster, VA. When Phelps learned of the time he gathered a group of church members comprised of his own family and went to demonstrate at Snyder's funeral. The proper authorities were notified that the protest was taking place, and it was in a public place adjacent to a public street. It was also located very close to the church where Matthew Snyder's funeral was being held and the route his funeral procession would take. There was no excessive demonstrating by the members of Westborochurch nor did they ever go onto the property of the church where the funeral was. Albert Snyder only noticed the demonstrators but not their message when he passed in the procession. He saw what their signs said later on the news.
Snyder took Phelps to court in front of a jury and won on 3 of 5 claims. Phelps would now...
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...In 1955 Fred Phelps, started the WestboroBaptistChurch. He thought that he needed to warn people that “America is doomed” so his church started protesting. Phelps states that natural disasters are signs from God to show his disapproval of homosexuality. The church community protest to save mankind. Some people called Phelps “harsh and unloving” (Chapman) however, he counteracts this statement by saying that he is just teaching what the bible says about homosexuality. He believes that he is just offering warnings out of pure worry for the human race. Fred Phelps helped bring about the Protests by the WestboroChurch to show Americans that we are all sinners and fall short of being let into heaven because of our sinful ways.
Some churches being attacked decided to just ignore the protestors of WestboroBaptistChurch because they think that the church is just seeking attention. However, some churches say that it is better to oppose the WBC’s views. As a way to pay back his community for always being accepting towards anyone, Jayson Garner got permission from several churches being attacked in Everett to hold a counter protest. People are also taking action. In North Carolina, as the WBC protest formed, so did a counter protest. As a WBC protestor tried...