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Westboro Baptist Church Smacked Down In Lawsuit

The Huffington Post | Nick Wing | Posted 08.22.2013 | Politics

A federal judge ruled against the fringe, anti-gay Westboro Baptist Church this week, granting a motion to dismiss a lawsuit by the congregation that ...

Westboro Baptist Church Counter-Protested At Soldier's Funeral

Posted 08.05.2013 | Politics

Members of the Patriot Guard Riders and others from the Hinesville, Ga. community honored Sgt. Stefan Smith on Sunday in an effort to derail a planned...

Court Rules On State's Anti-Westboro Laws

AP | DAVID A. LIEB | Posted 06.26.2013 | Politics

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- A federal appeals court on Friday upheld a Missouri law banning protests within 300 feet of funerals but struck down a broader ...

State Deals Another Blow To Westboro Baptist Church

The Huffington Post | Lisa_Miller | Posted 03.28.2013 | Politics

The Florida Senate approved legislation Wednesday to expand restrictions on protesters like the Westboro Baptist Church, the Associated Press reported...

Bad News For Westboro Baptist Church

The Huffington Post | Melissa Jeltsen | Posted 09.18.2012 | Politics

California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) signed legislation Monday restricting protests at funerals, a year after vetoing a similar bill due to concerns over f...

Anti-Westboro Law Draws Thanks From Veterans' Families

The Huffington Post | Mollie Reilly | Posted 08.09.2012 | Politics

A new law restricting Westboro Baptist Church's ability to picket military funerals has drawn thanks from the people it will impact most -- the famili...

Westboro Baptist Church Reacts To Obama's Smackdown

The Huffington Post | Ethan Klapper | Posted 08.08.2012 | Politics

Members of the Westboro Baptist Church once again took to Twitter to react to the new law signed by President Barack Obama on Monday that will restric...

Obama Signs Law Criminalizing Westboro's Weapon Of Choice

The Huffington Post | Nick Wing | Posted 03.05.2013 | Politics

President Barack Obama signed the Honoring America’s Veterans and Caring for Camp Lejeune Families Act of 2012 into law on Monday, providing a wide-...

Community Aims To Thwart Westboro Protest

The Huffington Post | Mollie Reilly | Posted 08.05.2012 | Politics

When Westboro Baptist Church announced plans to stage a protest at a fallen soldier's funeral, residents of Palm Bay, Fla. decided to organize a "huma...

Westboro Baptist Church Reacts To Congress Limiting Their Activities

The Huffington Post | Ethan Klapper | Posted 08.03.2012 | Politics

Members of the Westboro Baptist Church were quick to react on Twitter, in their typical, hate-filled language, to the news that Congress passed a bill...

Congress Delivers Blow To Westboro Baptist Church

The Huffington Post | Nick Wing | Posted 08.03.2012 | Politics

Westboro Baptist Church protesters will soon be severely limited in their ability to disrupt military funerals, after Congress passed a sweeping veter...

Zombies Turn Tables On Westboro Baptist Church Protesters

The Huffington Post | Mollie Reilly | Posted 07.30.2012 | Politics

A Westboro Baptist Church protest was overshadowed Friday when demonstrators dressed as zombies gathered at a DuPont, Wash. military base to counter t...

Westboro Baptist Church Protest Effort Blocked

The Huffington Post | Mollie Reilly | Posted 07.23.2012 | Politics

A planned protest by the Westboro Baptist Church was overshadowed Saturday when thousands of supporters gathered at the funeral of a fallen soldier to...

Illinois Expanding Ban On Military Funeral Protests

Posted 10.14.2011 | Chicago

Though similar measures have been ruled unconstitutional by federal judges, Illinois Governor Pat Quinn said he will sign a bill that bans protests ne...

Bill Would Limit Military Funeral Protests

Posted 06.25.2011 | Religion

By Kevin Eckstrom Religion News Service WASHINGTON (RNS) A bipartisan group of senators has introduced a bill that would make it harder for protes...

Oregon Debates New Funeral-Protest Bill

Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion

By Michelle Cole Religion News Service SALEM, Ore. -- A day after the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the right of an anti-gay church to picket funerals, O...

Sarah Palin's Narcissism Feeds Her Constitutional Incompetence

Bob Cesca | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bob Cesca

Palin, who has repeatedly botched the meaning of the First Amendment, had the audacity to school eight of the nine Supreme Court justices, including the very conservative chief justice, on the First Amendment.

What Westboro Baptist Got Right

Clay Farris Naff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Clay Farris Naff

It seems to me that, since we must live with Westboro, we may as well learn something from it. Can a church that preaches savage hatred really have anything to teach us? Yes.

Zach Parker, High School Senior, Writes Bill To Ban Military Protests

Posted 05.25.2011 | Education

Zach Parker learned just weeks ago in his senior history class about bans on military funeral protests in 40 states nationwide. When given an assignme...

Judge Sides With Westboro Church On Flag Mutilation At Military Funerals

AP | TIMBERLY ROSS | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

OMAHA, Neb. — A federal judge overturned Nebraska's ban on flag mutilation Thursday, clearing the way for Kansas church protesters to continue t...

Fred Phelps' "God Hates Fags" Message: Is it Free Speech?

John W. Whitehead | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
John W. Whitehead

In rejecting Christ's admonitions, Westboro has chosen instead to focus its efforts on spreading hate.

Westboro Church Protests Head To Supreme Court

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court is getting involved in the legal fight over the anti-gay protesters who show up at military funerals with inflamm...