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Westboro Baptists Face Supreme Court

Margie  Phelps, second from right, a daughter of Fred  Phelps and the lawyer who argued the case for of the Westboro Baptist Church, of Tokepa Kan., walks from the Supreme Court, in Washington Tuesday after the court heard arguments in the dispute between Albert Snyder, of York, Pa., and the Westboro Baptist Church. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

The U.S. Supreme Court takes up a case of high emotion and high principle Wednesday. At issue is whether the father of a Marine killed in Iraq can sue picketers who showed up at his son’s funeral with signs that read ”God Hates Fags” and “You’re Going to Hell.” A federal appeals court invalidated a $5 million judgment against the picketers, concluding that even outrageous opinion is protected by the First Amendment’s guarantee of free speech/Nina Totenberg, NPR. More here.

Question: Do you support the right that the foul Phelps family & Co. have to spew their hatred, even at the funerals of U.S. military personnel?

Officials: Ignore Westboro Protesters

Do not confront them. That’s the best way to respond to protesters from Westboro Baptist Church, say human rights leader Tony Stewart and Coeur d’Alene School District Superintendent Hazel Bauman. “We abhor the message promulgated by this group,” Bauman wrote Tuesday, in an e-mail sent to some of her key staff members. “We will not engage with them and will do all we can to prevent our students from engaging with them as this is their ploy. We do not wish to play into their hands or even dignify this bigotry with a response”/Maureen Dolan, Coeur d’Alene Press. More here. (AP file photo)

Question: Do you agree with Tony Stewart & Hazel Bauman that the best way to deal with the Westboro Baptist Church protesters is to ignore them?

Nic: Phelps Slimes Christ’s Name

RE: Westboro Baptist Church: Coming to a high school near you

Nic: As a Christian, it saddens me that people like Fred Phelps can commit such ugly acts in the name of God. I’m heartbroken that he has set the stereotype of how much of the world thinks of real Christians. As an American, I am bewildered that (Westboro Baptist Church) is able to maintain their 501(c)3 status.

Question: Is it fair to judge Christians by the actions of extremists like Fred Phelps & Co. of the Westboro Baptist Church in Topeka, Kan.?

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