Westboro Baptist Church got its day in court as The United States Supreme Court listened to oral arguments Wednesday, over its First Amendment Rights challenge. Westboro, represented by the daughter of Westboro Preacher Fred Phelps, believes they have the right to protest at the funerals of fallen American Soldiers, but parents, friends, and family of the fallen soldiers feel harmed by the actions of the protesters and their signs which say things like "God Hates Fags", "God is your Enemy", and "Thank God For Dead Soldiers".
According to Politics Daily, many lined the streets hoping for a chance to hear the argument today, but also on hand were protesters from both sides. We hope the protesters arguing against Fred Phelps and his congregation outnumbered the "God Hates Fags" protesters. Attending the funeral for a fallen American hero is not an event that should be celebrated with hatred. A young man or woman has given their life for their country and should be treated with the respect he or she has earned.
Even worse, Westboro takes young children to these protests having them holding these signs, such as the child in the picture to the right. While their parents speak hatred, how can they teach their kids to hate at such an early age, when other children are playing baseball or playing with dolls? These children aren't being allowed to grow up to form their own opinions. They are instead, being brainwashed by their parents to hate, before they even know what they are hating.
Meanwhile, according to The Washington Post, Bikers arrived at Arlington Cemetery to counter the Westboro protesters at the funeral for Lt. Brendan Looney, who was killed serving his country as the result of a helicopter crash in Afghanistan, on September 21. Using their motorcycles, they used the engines of their bikes to drown out the chanting and singing of Phelp's Westboro congregation, who attempted to turn a day of mourning into an even worse event. Video of the bikers can be seen by clicking here. Some of the bikers do say that Westboro has the right to be there. Clyde Fleming, one of the bikers countering the protesters said, "The church "absolutely" had a right to its protest, just as we have a right to block their noise and their rhetoric."
So what do you think? Should the Supreme Court side with Westboro, and allow them to continue to spread the hate and misery? Do they take their First Amendment Rights too far? Chime in and let us know how you feel.
Photo Source -Westboro Baptist Church