That was really messed up of them! If they had something to say ther polite thing to do would be write a letter to the editor of their local paper explaining why they opposed the funerals. Not making that time even more difficult for those who lost loved ones.
Exactly. They're all about the press though. These are the same people that went to Matthew Shepard's funeral *He was murdered in Laramie, Wyoming, because he was gay. A total hate crime. Awful, deplorable and senseless.
They picketed his funeral with signs saying that Mathew was burning in hell, and they have a counter on their website for how many days he's been burning in hell.
They make me sick.
i have seen a BBC special on those people. if i ever saw them, i would shoot them dead.
i have no tolerance for dumbshits who manipulate children.
I wouldn't shoot them dead, but I may spit on them. :)
The irony would be if Phelps manages to unite LGBT folks and military folks in a united front to put his hateful shit to rest. Not that there are not LGBT folks who are military...but the uniting of a cause to stop his hateful bs would be new....
It would. I think it's all ready started.
Even Fox News hates this SOB.
If I remember my government learnings well enough (which I may not), I was always under the impression that people were given rights under the the constitution to peaceably assemble and to have freedom of speech, as long as it did not trample on the rights of others.
Personal opinion on these people aside *cough*they.should.all.die.and.go.to.hell*cough*, I believe they're those of the mindset that the constitution protects them from everything, and they therefore have the right to do this stuff. I'm glad to see they court agreed. I remember how sick I felt when I first heard this story. :/
er....fucked HTML. sorry. ;)
yeah thats right below the belt that is, there is a time and a place for everything.
now that video...it did my head in but the best part of it was, the *bottom horn honking* now that was funny.
LOL, the butt honking was pretty awesome.
I was just telling L., if you can't get them through their conscience, get them through their wallet.
If Phelps could do it, he'd probably crawl into a coffin to get face-to-face with a corpse.
Sorry about that.
Bless you for the awareness.
He's a dick. I hope he suffers a little for this. :)
I hope they make them pay.... I really do. They could garnish wages and income on all participants, I guess? That was so disgusting and just evil.
they really should. something like this, they really need to be made an example of. destroy these loons financialy.
I couldn't agree more. These people are insane, and it's disgusting that they should feel the need to protest something political at a funeral, much less the ridiculous message they were presenting.
I am a Christian, and it frustrates to no end that there are nut jobs like these lumped into the same category as me, when they are so completely off-base from what the Bible actually says, regardless of how you feel like interpreting it.
Hopefully this will bankrupt them. Then they can't afford posterboard anymore. ;)
Seriously, though, who makes it the focus of their entire church congregation to tell the world that the reason people die in a war is because "God hates f*****s." Give me a freaking break. That doesn't even make sense!
I better stop before I really get going.
No, I agree with you 100%!!! Sounds like we're definitely coming from the same place on this issue.
it just makes me sad that there are such hateful people out there.
sometimes i am just so shocked by other peoples agression twoards eachother for such needless causes. these crack pots are out there making sure everyone is as afraid as whatever they feel is right and true.
i mean.... i've seen a lot and done a lot of terrible things, but things like this just leave me pretty speechless. i just don't understand why you would do something like this to people at a time like this. it's just terrible twoards fellow man. isn't that in their bible somewhere? i'm pretty sure it is....
It's horrific, isn't it? Upsets me so much. Seriously, if someone had done that at the funeral of someone I love I might have taken a flamethrower to them.
I hate those people. Yes, they have a right to protest...but at a funeral?!
It's just tacky, to the power of infinity.
Exactly. And fucking wrong.
2007-11-02 12:57 pm (UTC)
No special exemption for funerals.
Sigh, the Bush era is making people welcome the trampling of their rights.
It makes two dangerous arguements: If you can't get the law to silence someone - and Phelps was obeying the law in this case - then sue the speaker for "causing emotional distress". The lawsuit argues there's a "right to privacy" for a public event OUTSIDE the venue where that event is taking place.
There are laws being passed which provide exemptions from the 1st amendment for funerals. Except what if it were the funeral of someone who committed war atrocities? Or what if people were protesting the manner in which the person who died was killed.
Technically, the new laws make anti-violence rallies at the funerals of shooting victims illegal. Though you'll never see it enforced that way.
Next time the lawsuit might be against animal rights protesters for "causing distress" for attendees of a "private" fashion show. Or maybe globalization protesters at be a private meeting of bankers. There's no telling where you can go with this.
2007-11-02 03:31 pm (UTC)
Re: No special exemption for funerals.
I do think that any form of protest at a funeral should be outlawed. I don't care what that person did, their family should be able to grieve at their funeral in peace. There are plenty of other places to protest. Lord knows I've been involved in my fair share of protests. But never, EVER should someone protest a funeral, in my opinion. There are plenty of other venues that will make a mark. Funerals are scare-tactics, and I'm surprised they havent' gotten themselves murdered yet. I would definitely cause someone physical harm if they came to the funeral of someone I love and said they were burning in hell.
Phelps = f*%#ing
wackjob. Unfortunately his face is linked with that of this local actor who played him in The Laramie Project. The costumer, a delightful homosexual, had to grit his teeth while he made a "God Hates F@gs" teeshirt for the character! blech.
*nod* Yikes! That's a great play though.
I hope they find a way to suck them completely dry. The bastards.
The only thing that would have been more pleasing about the verdict would have been if it was a criminal court and they got jail time. However, complete financial ruin, if it's possible, is ok too. I live just outside of Baltimore and one of the tv channels I used to watch in the morning for the news ran a commercial for "Rev" Phelps and his pathetic excuse for a church. I've stopped watching the channel since. What a joke.
Seriously. Filthy. You should send a letter to the station.
I hope they take the houses, cars and retirment accounts. They should take it all along with the clothes off their back. They're awful, horrible people. It's physically painful to know that there're people like that out there.
I also think that when someone they love dies, everyone should go to that funeral and cause a scene.
I don't know about picketing their funerals though. They'd feel it anyway. But all the same I don't want to sink to their level.
You should read their website...
It makes me sorta wish something bad happens to them, And I NEVER do that.
I have. *nod* I won't go there again, I don't want to lift their stats.