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“If they go through with what they are threatening, I can only certify that this is one of the worst ideas in the world at the moment,” Fredriksen said.
“Normal thinking people do not think in such a way and I do not think they deserve more attention.” Police say they have a problem with taking the situation seriously because it seems unbelievable that a group would be so heartless.
“These statements confirm that humans are the world’s most complicated construction, this is beyond any common sense and we have problems with even relating to it.” Some Norway officials say they doubt the church would even be granted access to enter the country, and if they did make it to a funeral, "they'll be surrounded by some tens of thousands of people telling them how completely insane they are."
Westboro terms their death message is from God that the United States is "a sodomite nation of flag-worshipping idolaters.” It interprets the massacre in Norway in the same way. Norway made homosexuality legal in 1972 and allows gay people to marry and adopt children.
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Westboro was started in 1955. The church's parishioners, made up mostly of Phelps’ relatives, stage protests with signs that say many outrageous phrases including "God Hates F---" and "Thank God for dead soldiers."
Originally posted by Wrabbit2000
That was in the main article and is certainly a piece of information I've never heard before. I hadn't realized the Westboro loonies were largely blood family members.
Any person who willfully or through gross negligence publicly utters a discriminatory or hateful expression shall be liable to fines or imprisonment for a term not exceeding three years. An expression that is uttered in such a way that it is likely to reach a large number of persons shall be deemed equivalent to a publicly uttered expression, cf. section 7, No. 2. The use of symbols shall also be deemed to be an expression. Any person who aids and abets such an offense shall be liable to the same penalty.
Originally posted by youdidntseeme
Apparentlyit is punishable by up to 3 years in a Norwegian prison. Too bad the prisons there don't resemble the gulogs of past.
Originally posted by SprocketUK
They may get in the country, but I'd imagine the families won't allow them in the grounds during the funeral.
I also wonder if Norwegian bikers will form their own patriot guard...that could be interesting.