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Baptist Church spreading HATE

Ed Palmedo

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The Supreme Court takes up Wednesday a landmark case on the outer limits of free speech. The question is whether a church group has the right to protest at military funerals, even if many Americans find their message outrageous, and even hateful.


The reverend Fred Phelps and his Westboro Baptist Church believe God is punishing America for tolerating homosexuals. They repeatedly picket soldiers' funerals carrying signs like "Thank God for Dead Soldiers." The group protests on public sidewalks in front of churches when the families arrive.


When asked by CBS News what gives her the right to protest in front of someone's funeral, Shirley Phelps-Roper from the Westboro Baptist Church says, "Do you understand what a public right of way is? What gives you the right to cover that funeral? What gives you the right to run a news story about it? I'll tell you. Pick me. The first stinking amendment."

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