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Dead Fred

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The God hates fags guy is dead.

Fred Phelps was the Pastor of Westboro Baptist church in Kansas. His followers appeared at events protesting homosexuality. I used to amuse myself watching them in the fenced off protest areas at political conventions. They held signs saying”God Hates Fags”. They were attention getting.

Phelps followers also liked to get attention by exercising their free speech rights to picket the funerals of troops killed in combat. They held signs saying, “Thank God for Dead Soldiers.”

Dead Fred

Dead Fred managed to shield his own mourners from any such an indignity. There were no services to honor him.

Nasty Free Speech

101008bokloresThe creeps who protest at the funerals of dead soldiers appeared before the Supreme Court on Wednesday. They were sued by the father of Matthew Snyder, a marine whose funeral they picketed. The protesters are led by a preacher named Fred Phelps. Their beef is with homosexuality and they claim that dead soldiers are God’s punishment. The thing is, unless the Supreme Being files a brief, they may be well within their rights. A 1988 court ruling, Hustler Magazine v. Falwell, unanimously upheld the right to nasty speech unless it can be proven false.

USA Today has a complete story with video.