Westboro Baptist Church Wins Lawsuit vs. Missouri; Free to Protest Funerals Unrestricted

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Rev. Phelps: Open for business in Missouri.
Two Missouri laws aimed specifically at controversial Rev. Fred Phelps and his Westboro Baptist Church were struck down yesterday in federal court in Jefferson City.

State legislators passed the laws back in 2006. One prohibited protests near a church or cemetery from an hour before until an hour after a funeral. The other stated that protesters must keep at least 300 feet from ceremonies and processions.

In recent years the Westboro Baptist Church has taken to picketing outside military funerals under the belief that God is killing U.S. soldiers because of America's tolerance of homosexuality.

Judge Fernando Gaitan ruled that the laws failed to show that the restrictions served a significant government interest and that the laws were overly broad.

Yesterday marked the second time a federal court has ruled Missouri's laws unconstitutional. Last month, Daily RFT interviewed University of Missouri law professor Christina Wells, who also sides with the Westboro Baptist Church on this one.

As Wells told us, less restrictive bans on funeral protests have held up in court. Those laws tend to limit protester from assembling within 100 feet of a funeral and not restricting when they can assemble.

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will you realize there is not god?

god hates fags
god hates fags

thank god for more dead soldiers god hates fags and usa westboro baptist church has the right to protest them heathen fags

Joe
Joe

It's not for us to judge Fred Phelps and his ilk; that right belongs to God. Our job is to arrange the meeting!

A Hired Gun
A Hired Gun

If there is a God, and I am not so sure of it, Fred Phelps and his ilk will most assuredly burn in hell. The sooner, the better for this hate mongering fool.

Granado Karina
Granado Karina

That's ignorance at its finest. You are a baboon. A joke, a disgrace to this country. Why are you even still in America? We should (civilians) run them out of this country. If I were ever to come to a soldiers funeral & see such a thing. I shall give them a taste of their medicine.

Madman88
Madman88

phelps is on borrowed time anyways

LK
LK

Excuse me, but you know those people fight for you to even be alive right now. God doesn't hate fags, he hates you. If we ever do get another terrorist attack on America, God will not save you. I hope that all of you become damned in hell. Good luck finding absolution with that kind of attitude.

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