Beanery Online Literary Magazine

November 16, 2007

CHURCH SUED FOR FUNERAL DEMONSTRATIONS

—written by Carolyn C. Holland According to a Tribune-Review article, attorneys representing Pastor Fred Phelps and his Westboro Baptist Church leaders, argued that “burial was a public event and that even abhorrent points of view are protected by the First Amendment’s” guarantee of free speech. The church was successfully sued by Albert Snyder, of York, Pa., after its members demonstrated at the March 2006 funeral of his son, Lance Cpl. Matthew Snyder, who was killed in Iraq.
Phelps, 77, heads the Kansas-based church, which is ostensibly Baptist, “unaffiliated” and comprised of only his family members. He started out by demonstrating at AIDS Victims funerals, and moved to demonstrating at the funerals of U.S. military personnel killed in Iraq, celebrating the deaths of those killed while defending a “fag” nation. His targets span the full political and theological spectrum. Anyone who does not share his insistence that God reserves a special hatred for homosexuals is worthy of the Phelps treatment. (more…)

SHANKSVILLE (Pa.) 2006 (WBC DEMONSTRATION)

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 —written by Mustang Sally     NOTE: View photo illustrations by clicking on:http://www.flickr.com/photos/beaneryonlineliterarymagazine/     We went to the memorial at Shanksville on 9/11.  We often do and find it moving.  This year in addition to General Tommy Franks, Tom Ridge, Fast Eddie Rendell, Santoroum, Specter, and the families of the heroes who were on Flight 93, there were some who use the pain of others to try to make their living.     These wretched, heartless, scums have an interesting scam.     Their signs read:  “Thank God for 9/11”!  “Fag Vets”!  “ America is doomed”!  Note the child holding the sign that says “God hates your tears”.  “Thank God for dead soldiers”!  “Thank God for 9/11”!        I was first struck by the professional signs.  Most protesters scratch their rage on poster board and staple it to a lath and it looks original.  This was a bit too slick and totally insane.     Anyhow, these worthless cruds were protected from the wrath of little old ladies like me by about ten hefty PA State Police.     The next morning Jim Quinn told who these dedicated folk are.  They show up at funerals protesting homosexuality(?)…  funerals of West Virginia miners????  Their meanness is so hard to understand until you learn that they are from a bogus church that has a bogus minister.  Most of the sick rotters in the church are related to the minister…..who is also a lawyer.       The scam:  these creeps ask for a permit to protest at some poor soul’s funeral and if the community should refuse………they sue!  If they are permitted to protest and if some old lady punches one of them out…………they sue!!!!!!!!!!!     I am not sure if you can simply spit on them with impunity.  I just don’t know.  The moral of the story is: keep cool.       Yes, just ignore them.  They were gone when we left the memorial.  I think we can all thank the ACLU for greatly diminishing the civility of American life while making it possible for lawyers to go way beyond ambulance chasing.     But, look at it this way: to just ignore the dirt bags will build your character.