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BALTIMORE (AP) - The head of a fundamentalist Kansas church being sued over a funeral protest testified in Baltimore today.
Fred Phelps of Topeka\'s Westboro Baptist Church said he didn\'t consider whether children would see a sign carried by protesters with the words \"Semper Fi Fags\" and two stick figures that appear to be engaged in a sex act.
Phelps says they needed to warn to the country to change its wicked ways.
Originally posted by sputniksteve
Dang man you are as cold hearted as they are. Sorry you don't mind seeing this, I feel bad for you. Hopefully someone shows you some good loving and makes you feel like a human! You kinda make me sick.
Edit** Sorry but I thought it was only fair.
Originally posted by Leyla
But why on earth would anyone in their right mind protest a funeral?
Gee I mean come on have some respect for the deceased. These are soldiers that died defending out country. Phelps keeps pulling these stunts the Government will end up breathing down the neck of all the churches and revolk the tax excempt status.
I heard it this morning on CNN and it was 10. something million. Well thats what happens when people think they can say what they want disresping people who died calling them fags and say their going to hell.
I do not support the actions of Fred Phelps. Because no one has any business judging people and its not my place to judge anyone's lifestyle nor is it any of my business.
Originally posted by whargoul
KrazyJethro your ideas are ridiculous.
Are you just saying that family members should just "suck it up" and take it?
The way I see it, there are only 2 choices: The Family handles it or the Government handles it. YOU may think that vigilantism will work in America, but I guarantee you it will not!
Your "quit hiding behind the government" rhetoric is exactly why we form governments in the first place. As an arbiter to distinguish the line when freedom of speech crosses over into hate speech! With out it we would have chaos.
I'll have you know that I speak from experience. My own mother had to pull me off this guy as I was getting ready to tear into him (THIS guy, Fred himself, not some random guy). People want justice for slights against them (great or small, perceived or real) that is the natural state of society. Without it you only have anarchy, if that is what you want you need to grow up.
Originally posted by KrazyJethro
Don't know, and don't really care. Personally, I'm tired of people always wondering why.
Originally posted by Leyla
Well KrazyJethro you said it all right there. No one cares anymore. Have no respect for the US Soldiers who died in a foreign country because we have a nut job in the White House sending them to their deaths!! Can you tell me why? And no one cares or even wants to do anything about it! So yeah lets allow the illeagals to have Drivers licenses and bring in the North American Union!!
Who cares right?!
So we have a nutjob protesting the funerals of the US service people. Fred Phelps needs to be locked up with Bush and Cheney- in a single padded room. Then they can listen to Phelps mad rants.
The US citizens better straigten up and fast before that social order comes in and takes over everything. Then you will wish you had cared a bit more.