Kansas pastor Fred Phelps and his family run Westboro Baptist church totally hates your face, oh and the rest of you too. And they donâ€™t just hate you. They pretty much hate everybody. If you are not familiar with the shenanigans of the vitriolic hate-spewing-sign-holding clan watch the video below. I really recommend you check it out cuz itâ€™s creepy. Go ahead. Iâ€™ll wait.
Did you see that? Did you see his kids? Did you see the little one sing at the end? They donâ€™t even know what or why they hate. They just hate because thatâ€™s what they have been raised to do.
So in a nutshell, the big news of the day is that the family of a dead soldier sued the Phelps after they picketed their dead sons funeral with signs that said things like, â€œGod hates soldiersâ€ and â€œYouâ€™re in hell.â€ The family originally won an 11 million dollar settlement for invasion of privacy and emotional distress but the Phelps first negotiated the settlement down to 5 million and then had the case overturned on appeal. So now the family of the dead soldier is appealing that decision and the case is now going to the U.S. Supreme Court.
I am a strong supporter of first amendment rights but I also donâ€™t think these people should have the right to further their opportunistic hate-filled agenda at the cost of bereaving families. It will be interesting to see what the Supreme Court decides.
What do you think? Should the Phelps have the right to have their angry religious protests at funerals? Or is telling them to hit the road going to jeopardize our first amendment rights?
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