Monday, March 7, 2011

400 Kentucky Residents Protest Westboro Baptist Church Group

Louisville police said at least 400 people from all over the city protested Sunday afternoon against the presence of four members of the Kansas-based Westboro Baptist Church.The Westboro Baptist Church is a group known for military and celebrity funeral picketing and anti-gay protests to express their radical views."This country is going to hell. This nation is going to wake up into hell and it's not (going to be) long now. This is His message. He sent us to preach it. What we expect is that it will be universally rejected by hardened hearts," Jonathan Phelps, of the Westboro Baptist Church, said.

The United States Supreme Court ruled in favor of the controversial church last Wednesday, stating that funeral picketing is a form of free expression protected by the First Amendment."I believe without the First Amendment, they wouldn't be able to protest. But without our troops, they wouldn't have that amendment," resident Donnie Russell said.

Because of this ruling, the church members have shown up at military funerals across the country, and protesters said they came to prevent it from happening in Louisville."I think it is despicable that they would blame this on the soldiers. It's not the soldiers' fault. They're barking up on the wrong tree," resident Beth Dorsey said.

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