Supreme Court Rules for Reverend Fred Phelps' 'God Hates Fags' Picketing Outside Military Funerals

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The Reverend Fred Phelps' God-Hates-Faggetry that plays out outside military funerals, political conventions and Rent productions at Corona del Mar High School won U.S. Supreme Court protection this morning.

Justices voted 8-1 to uphold an appeals-court ruling that threw out a $5 million judgment to the father of a dead Marine who sued Westboro Baptist Church members who picketed his son's funeral. The court ruled the First Amendment protects fundamentalist-church members, including those from the Topeka, Kansas, hate-gregation who mount attention-getting, anti-gay protests outside military funerals.

Westboro picketers follow The Laramie Project, a play about the murder of Matthew Shepard and subsequent funeral picketing by Phelps' cult, around the country. But after threatening to send members to downtown Santa Ana for Grand Central Theater's November production, no one showed.


In April 2009, Westboro's hate target was Corona del Mar High School, whose theater department premiered Rent, a hugely popular musical that follows impoverished young artists and musicians, some of whom are gay and HIV-infected, struggling to live in New York City's Lower East Side.


Ten members of Phelps' church participated in a mini-tour of Orange County in March 2000, showing up outside Laguna Beach City Hall to protest the police chief's then-new policy of documenting complaints of violence-laced hate speech, Crystal Cathedral in Garden Grove for not being sufficiently anti-gay, and El Modena High School in Orange for allowing the creation of a Gay-Straight Alliance club.

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Abbafather427
Abbafather427

466 REFERENCES TO LOVE AND CHARITY IN THE BIBLE. 179 REFERENCES TO HATE IN THE BIBLE, MOST ARE REFERRING TO THE HATRED OF THE BRETHREN BEING A SIN. HMMMM.....SEEMS TO ME SOMEONE NEEDS TO READ THEIR BIBLE MORE AND THUMP IT LESS!!!

Abbafather427
Abbafather427

NOTHING could make me ashamed to be a Christian....the fact is....I don't think this man has a relationship with the Lord, Jesus Christ. If he did, his actions would show his faith. Peter said faith without works is dead and that he would show his faith by his works. What do these man's works say about his faith? Actions speak louder than man's words and this man's actions speak NOTHING even close to what Jesus taught. Jesus/God hates NO ONE. We are his creation and he loves every one of us. Does he always approve of our actions? Of course not. No more that I always approve of the actions of my children. Does that mean I don't love them? NO! I may not like what they do, but my love for them will never change. How much more does God, in perfect love, care for us? DUH!

Asiasmouse
Asiasmouse

ok everyone I would just like to say REVREND PHELPS you your self are an abomination to god himself you areastupid man who has no right doin what you are doin who are you to I tried so hard can't seem to get away fro misery man I tried so hard always gonna be a victim of these streets it ain't my fault cuz I try to get away but trouble follows me yet still I tried so hard hopin one day pull come and rescue me but until thenI tried so hard can't seem to get away fro misery man I tried so hard always gonna be a victim of these streets it ain't my fault cuz I try to get away but trouble follows me yet still I tried so hard hopin one day pull come and rescue me but until then people what they can and can't be thats Gods choice not yours you are not god more will you ever be!!!!!!!! You are a hypocritical. man who is probably gay him self how could you say and do the things you do does it matter the sexuality of people and it doesn't matter if the people of the military are gay they risk there lives everyday to fight for the freedom that you so claimed in court if it wasn't for them you would have no right which you do not deserve. You say yours man of God hahahahaha your a nobody tryna be a somebody how does it feel to live in a world with gayand bysexual human beings?? how dies it feel to knowthat you yourself are a small little man who will accomplish nothing inthisworld outspreading hate?? See I could be just like you and putthings in the bible god says that if you hate your gonna die hahaha if only that where true one thing hate does do is control you an the funniest part is is tithe peopleyou hate controling you!!!! so heres my biggest question why do you hate gay people so much was your dad gay and walked out on you?? was your mom?? or is it that you just love the poplicity you get off this bullshit you preach excuse my French but it's true!!!! your a sad man that will die cold and lonely and accomplish nothing in this world cuz once your dead people are goin to keep living keep walking and breathing and you will soon be forgotten so why don't you quit and find somethin new to preach about!!!! I actually wanna meet you in person know that I have some words for you so here's my information my name is Asia Smouse I am a bysexual female hate me if you will judge me if you dare cuz what you have to say does not matter to me!!! I livin in Casper Wy that's right where Mathew Shepard was beat and strung to a fence for being gay and you said it was god let me tell you somethin if I was god you would be the same as him for the shit you preach. What you preach is wrong and just as the bible says gods wrath will come down on you for your sins and the day that he'll decides to take you I will go to your funural and I will sit there throughout everything you have preached and at the end of it all I will stand and spit on your grave!!! your the abomination not us and you will pay your dues and karma one day for what you have done to every greaveing family you have ever stept foot into the lives of and you will be haunted by the demons you have caused on your own God does not hate fats God hates you!!! as I said my names is Asia Smouse I live in Casper Wy and your more than welcome to come judge me cuz in the end Gods the only one that can

CHS
CHS

Once again, the U.S. Supreme Court rules that the first amendment gives a person the right to make a complete ass out of him/herself!

As an aside, I saw a picture of Rev. Phelps' daughter (one of his relatives) on another website and she has an unbelievable rack!

Brian Says
Brian Says

sooner or later their first amendment rights are gonna run up against someones second amendment rightsim just saying...

Jab
Jab

Even if the Supreme Court upheld his right to speech, what is not for the Supreme Court to decide is Good Manners and Respect for the Grieving families. Protesting at other moments, in appropriate locations with the correct people. You can't teach that to Hicks.

Dweezle.Di
Dweezle.Di

OK who would not guess the Roberts Supreme Kangaroo Court would not side with another right winged crackpot group. I wonder if Roberts henchmen would support a persons right to post signs showing where these, (I hate to use the term) people live with crosshairs on them?

Marine_sooner
Marine_sooner

This is a travesty and hardly a victory for free speech this is a disgrace to those soldiers and Marines who protect their right to have this kind of "speech" and painful for those that are saying their last private good by to their loved ones. Had I protested outside their church on a public sidewalk which has been done in Topeka and they complained but they don't expect anyone to be upset when they appear a a funeral. Fred felps is quite old I wonder how they will feel when his funeral is protested.

Leehighpepe
Leehighpepe

fred phelps disgusts me. FATHER does not HATE any of his children. He may not like what they do but he does love them. yes even you fred phelps

Madness
Madness

PS: WBC doesn't just protest gays, they protest everything. Google them to see the hate they spew about all kinds of targets! Not only gays, folks.....When they start saying crazy stuff like "thank God for breast cancer.." my mom was just diagnosed. Screw these peope!View their hate:http://www.google.com/images?q...

SoSad
SoSad

Damnright they didn't show up to OC! We planned a nice reception for them and they know better than to mess with us!

Tigertonie
Tigertonie

If God didn't create HOMOSEXUALS, there wouldn't be any!!!!

Nolabiz1
Nolabiz1

His people and his mouth are making him rich at the expense of his lies and Dead American Soldiers who fought proudly. And Rev Phelps and his group are cowards that will burn in hell for using God for ther evil ways..

Maxonepercent
Maxonepercent

I hate this guy and his crackpot church, but he is right about god hating gays. I mean how else can you explain AIDS?

Danielle
Danielle

This is the worst thing someone can do in our country.To say that God is killing are soldiers cause of gays.You people have no right to pass judgment onto others.ONLY God has that right.If you call yourselves talking for God.I do believe there are only a few people in history that he did talked to.They never judged anyone for there decisions.They let GOD HIMSELF MAKE THAT JUDGMENT NO MATTER WHAT and you call yourselves Christians.

Talk2meYou
Talk2meYou

These people make me a shamed to be a Christian.

Lfparadis
Lfparadis

Perhaps FRED is projecting his feelings about homosexuality onto others. Could it be that he is secretly gay? He wouldn't be the first that is still in the closet.Lay off the military and visit a psychiatrist.

Former Marine
Former Marine

Phelps strongly resembles the evil preacher in Poltergeist.

frank
frank

Dweezie, you know the vote was 8-1 including all 4 liberal judges...in fact, the only dissenting vote was the conservative Alito....

Westboro is disgusting-but the minute you infringe on anyone's 1st amendment rights, the sooner we have an authoritarian state....

pepe
pepe

FATHER does not hate anyone but Satan

Dweezle.Di
Dweezle.Di

Well Frank, I wonder which liberal members of the Court proclaimed Corporations are people? I believe you are wrong, I fought for your right to be wrong, as I also fought for my right to express my beliefs. and yes, for that assholes right to be dead wrong.

Dweezle.Di
Dweezle.Di

umm, Excuse me for using what seems to be your own teachings against you... I believe you are refering to God as "Father" and no God does not hate Satan, as I recall, from the fairy tale Satan was his favorite Angel.... God is not Hypocritical as many christians are.

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