Friday, March 21, 2014
Fred Phelps, the founder and anti-gay preacher at Westboro Baptist Church, died on Thursday at the age of 84. Phelps was a disbarred civil rights lawyer and ran for local offices several times. After several unsuccessful runs, he shifted his focus to mostly protesting. Recently, one of his estranged sons said his father had been excommunicated from the church. Today Mark Potok, senior fellow at the Southern Poverty Law Center, describes the confused legacy of Phelps and that of the Westboro Baptist Church.
Wednesday, August 15, 2012
By Adam Dawson : It's A Free Country blogger
If only there were laws that would emphasize how terrible those crimes are, or if only there were a way to add extra legal penalties to the sentences of people who kill and maim based on hatred for others!
Thursday, March 03, 2011
By Jami Floyd : IAFC Blogger
Snyder v. Phelps pitted the free speech rights of a group of arguably mean-spirited but dedicated religious zealots against the asserted privacy rights of a sympathetic military family. Classic case. Sounds like a tough decision; but it's easy.