The basis for their protests is that God is mad at the US and punishing our people because of our views and acceptance of homosexuality. Basically anytime there is a tragedy or a serviceman is killed these pieces of shit show up and display all of their pre printed protest signs and yell horrific insults at the grieving family members. I have personally witnessed this during the funeral of a local veteran that was killed by an IED.
I understand there is freedom of speech in our country. But, just because you have the right to do it doesn't mean you should. To be honest with you, something like this, you should not have the right to do. The Westboro Wackos have been sued numerous times. In some the cases they lost, but were later overturned. However, for the most part the areas that have passed the laws banning the protests have later had them overturned because of Freedom of Speech issues. Missouri fits into that category.
WICHITA, Kan. (CBS/WIBW/AP) A wounded war veteran, who is accused of stalking members of a Kansas church that made headlines for their controversial protests at soldiers' funerals, was released from Sedgewick County Jail in Wichita Tuesday afternoon. Retired Sgt. Ryan Newell, of Marion, had been held on $500,000 bond since his arrest Nov. 30 after officers said they witnessed him following members of Westboro Baptist Church in his white, Ford SUV after the members left their protest at Mulvane High School, according to CBS affiliate WIBW. The 26-year-old double-amputee was allegedly carrying an M4 rifle, a .45-caliber Glock pistol and a .38 Smith and Wesson pistol in his vehicle at the time of his arrest. Newell, who lost both of his legs in a roadside bomb explosion in Afghanistan, faces a felony charge of conspiracy and several misdemeanor charges, reports WIBW.
On Tuesday, Judge Ben Burgess allowed Newell to leave jail on his own recognizance, on the condition that he report to a VA hospital. Boyd McPherson, Newell's attorney, declined to comment on the specific treatment that his client must receive. The church, led by Pastor Fred Phelps of Topeka, Kan., is known for its protests across the nation with signs like "Thank God for Dead Soldiers" and "God Hates the USA" to demonstrate their view that U.S. deaths in Afghanistan and Iraq are God's retribution for American immorality and tolerance of homosexuality and abortion.
Newell, who is married with four children, appeared in good spirits as he walked out of jail with his attorney, according to KSNW-TV.
I hope that Sgt, Newell walks away unscathed from this incident. Search the web and you will find numerous groups raising money fro his defense. To be honest is anyone shocked something liked that happened? I am more shocked that something more severe has not happened.
In closing this rant that has the potential to go on for hours, if these freaks are coming your way, get out and be a part of the "wall". Do your part.