Westboro Baptist Church isn't really a church, given that its gay-hating members are merely a handful of the vile Fred Phelps' family. Yet somehow this guy has made a career out of being a world class ass that puts that guy who wanted to burn the Quran to shame. That guy's 15 minutes may have glowed a little brighter ever so briefly, but Phelps and crew are working on the lifetime award for crass assness.
Which leads us to the dilemma before us. Do even asses like Phelps have the right to "protest" at military funerals? Intuitively the answer is no, and it merely remains for the rest of us to figure out why. The first amendment guarantees free speech, but somehow it can't be right that they get to disrupt the most painful moments in a military family's life.
TOPEKA, KAN. - A filmmaker several years ago tracked Shirley Phelps-Roper and her family members as they went about praising God for killing U.S. soldiers and picketing their funerals - their way of putting the nation on notice about the Almighty's wrath.
He called the documentary "The Most Hated Family in America," and Phelps-Roper had only one real regret.
"If he had just called it, 'The Most Hated Family in the World,'" she said. In the last hours of the last days, she explained, Jesus said his chosen will be "hated by all men."