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Rob Curley: In the face of hate, Spokane showed its strength

On the very day it was announced that Matthew Shepard’s ashes would be interred at the Washington National Cathedral, 20 years after his death, Westboro Baptist showed up in Spokane for pickets at Lewis and Clark High School and Gonzaga University.

Shawn Vestal: Spokane’s version of Westboro Baptist blowhards deserve cold shoulder

Mother’s Day, 2016. A Spokane woman, trailed by a handful of kids and adults, marches through the Spokane Valley Target, waving a Bible over her head and roaring. “Target would have you believe with their Mother’s Day displays that they love mothers and children!” the woman shouts while being recorded on video. “This is a deception! This is not love, and they’ve proven it by opening their bathrooms to perverted men! I’m a mother of 12 and I’m very disgusted by this wicked practice!”

Gary Graham: Free speech 1, decency zero

Wednesday was a good day at the U.S. Supreme Court for the First Amendment, but it was a horrible day for common decency. The court upheld the odious Westboro Baptist Church’s right to display hate-filled signs at the funerals for members of the military. Members of Westboro Church, the bully pulpit for the Fred Phelps family of Topeka, Kan., have picketed nearly 600 funerals in the past 20 years, spewing a vile message of hatred and bigotry. The congregation believes that God hates and punishes the United States for its tolerance of homosexuality, especially in the military.

N. Idaho residents stand against hate message

Large crowds of counter-demonstrators turned out in the early morning darkness in Coeur d'Alene today to answer the small group of protesters from Westboro Baptist Church that plans a second day of denouncing gays, soldiers, Jews, the United States, and private and public colleges and schools.