They are the notorious “God Hates Fags” ‘church.’ They are the group of people everyone loves to hate, because they hate everyone.
Here they are, poised to strike again. Fred Phelps and his infamous clan of bigots will be at the Presidential Inauguration- with a permit. Yep, that’s right. The Westboro Whackos will be at the President’s inauguration, and they will be street legal- that is, if they show up. They have threatened protests in the past then failed to show, though they have shown up to protest President Obama, so we’ll just have to wait and see. They did once protest outside the school that Obama’s daughters attend, calling them the “spawn of Satan” and “spawn of a murderous bastard.” If they show up, they will be protesting on Pennsylvania Avenue on the north sidewalk.
The group is really just a a band of real life trolls. There is a petition on the White House’s official platform, We the People, with more than 315,000 signatures that would have this ‘church’ officially recognized as a hate group. Their protests include hateful messages at the funerals of fallen soldiers, at those of shooting victims, AIDS victims, and many more sick demonstrations. However, it was decided in the Supreme Court that they have a right to do what they do under the First Amendment, no matter how distasteful their actions may be.
Now, it could be argued that this is nothing more than a ploy for attention, and that all news media should simply ignore the antics of Fred Phelps and his band of lunatics, but it is very difficult to to do that. Also, something the general public needs to know is this: the Westboro Baptist church has the law on their side. They protest at these places in order to provoke people into attacking them, and, thus, filing and winning law suits. So, should you encounter this band of religious lunatics, beware, for they are there to provoke you into doing something which infringes upon their rights, so that they can sue you and then say that God is on their side. I hate giving them the satisfaction of giving them press, but please don’t give them the satisfaction of doing their bidding.