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August 6, 2012
Chick-fil-APresident and CEO Dan Cathy surely knew that his corporate opposition to same-sex marriage would spur controversy. He is more than justified in stating his position, given that his company will either reap the benefits or suffer the consequences of his words. What is more disturbing is his statement that "we are inviting God's judgment on our nation when we shake our fist at Him and say 'We know better than you as to what constitutes marriage.'" That attitude smacks frighteningly of the radical Westboro Baptist Church philosophy that celebrates the deaths of American soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan because, it says, the U.S. tolerates homosexuality.
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April 14, 2014
Let me get this straight. It is perfectly fine for members of the Westboro Baptist Church to defile a funeral using foul chants and signs because it is their right to free speech, but a commissioner isn't allowed to mention Jesus in an opening prayer ( "Carroll commissioners vote to halt sectarian prayer," April 8)? Where is Robin Frazier's right to free speech? It may have made a few people uncomfortable, but what about the people attending the funeral who were grieving the loss of a young man serving his country.
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NEWS
March 15, 2012
As the senior pastor of the church in closest proximity to Glen Burnie High School and the March 13 protest by the Westboro Baptist Church, I would like the public to be aware of our position. While recognizing the constitutional right of every American to express themselves, I do not agree with nor appreciate the abuse of that right by the Westboro group. They are not a church by any biblical definition, nor do they reflect the spirit and message of Jesus. Theirs appears to be a self-aggrandizing movement whose purpose is achieved through media attention.
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By Leonard Pitts Jr | March 23, 2014
And what shall we say now that the monster has died? His estranged sons Mark and Nate told the world just a few days ago that their 84-year old father, Fred Phelps, was in the care of a hospice and "on the edge of death. " Thursday morning, he went over the edge. The senior Phelps, of course, was the founder of Westboro Baptist "Church" in Topeka, Kan. He was the "God hates" guy. As in "God Hates China" (its divorce rates are too high), "God Hates Islam" (for being a false religion)
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By Michael Gold and The Baltimore Sun | March 20, 2014
The founder of the Westboro Baptist Church, the Kansas institution that stages anti- LGB  protests across the country, died Thursday, according to multiple reports . Fred Phelps, 84, started the Westboro Baptist Church in Topeka in 1955. Since its founding, the Church has become known throughout the world for demonstrations and pickets at events including military funerals and political gatherings. Westboro members would stand outside holding posters and signs with spiteful slogans condemning LGBT people, among others.  One oft-repeated refrain, likely the one which became most associated with the church and is used at its web address, was "God Hates Fags.
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By Jessica Anderson, The Baltimore Sun | May 29, 2010
John Emswiler, who spent 13 months in Vietnam, remembers being spit on while serving in the Marines from 1967 to 1970. After the treatment he received, Emswiler, 52, said he felt an obligation to sign a Veterans of Foreign Wars petition in support of Albert Snyder's case against members of Westboro Baptist Church, which will be heard by the Supreme Court in October. Snyder's legal battle began after his son, Marine Lance Cpl. Matthew A. Snyder, 20, was killed in a Humvee accident in Iraq on March 3, 2006.
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By David G. Savage and Joe Burris and Tribune Newspapers | March 9, 2010
The Supreme Court agreed Monday to decide on the outer limits of free-speech protection for public protests and to rule on whether the family of a dead Maryland Marine can sue religious protesters who picketed near his funeral with signs that said, "Thank God for dead soldiers." The court's action is the latest twist in a long legal battle that arose out of a funeral in Westminster. The case triggered a multimillion-dollar damage award and attracted national media attention. A federal jury in Baltimore awarded $11 million to Albert Snyder, whose son Matthew was killed in Iraq in March 2006.
NEWS
January 6, 2013
The spokeswoman for the fanatic Westboro Baptist Church, Shirley Phelps-Roper, recently made the following comments: "Connecticut has same-sex marriage, God sent the shooter into Newtown. " To equate the Newtown tragedy with same-sex marriage is one of the most horrendous statements a so-called Christian could utter. Ms. Phelps-Roper's moral turpitude is absolutely revolting. The sad thing is that there are so many like her. Geraldine Segal, Randallstown
NEWS
March 21, 2014
Susan Reimer 's raging is in vain. ( "Is the death of Westboro Baptist leader Fred Phelps cause for celebration?" March 21.) Pastor Fred Phelps preached a faithful gospel to this generation, and he was the soul that The Lord our God used to teach the servants of God at Westboro Baptist Church how to be faithful and so forth. Pastor Phelps has not picketed a soldier funeral since 2007. That work was done by others, and The Lord willing, we will continue to be faithful to warn you, as the hour is short.
NEWS
April 14, 2014
Let me get this straight. It is perfectly fine for members of the Westboro Baptist Church to defile a funeral using foul chants and signs because it is their right to free speech, but a commissioner isn't allowed to mention Jesus in an opening prayer ( "Carroll commissioners vote to halt sectarian prayer," April 8)? Where is Robin Frazier's right to free speech? It may have made a few people uncomfortable, but what about the people attending the funeral who were grieving the loss of a young man serving his country.
NEWS
March 21, 2014
Susan Reimer 's raging is in vain. ( "Is the death of Westboro Baptist leader Fred Phelps cause for celebration?" March 21.) Pastor Fred Phelps preached a faithful gospel to this generation, and he was the soul that The Lord our God used to teach the servants of God at Westboro Baptist Church how to be faithful and so forth. Pastor Phelps has not picketed a soldier funeral since 2007. That work was done by others, and The Lord willing, we will continue to be faithful to warn you, as the hour is short.
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Susan Reimer | March 21, 2014
I never thought I could feel such gratitude toward a posse of motorcycle riders as I did the day Brendan Looney was buried beside his best friend, Travis Manion, in Arlington National Cemetery. They screened the grieving families of the two Naval Academy graduates from the hateful placards carried by the members of the Westboro Baptist Church who celebrated the deaths of those young men as evidence of God's retribution on our sinful nation. And riders revved their engines so the families could not hear the chants.
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By Michael Gold and The Baltimore Sun | March 20, 2014
The founder of the Westboro Baptist Church, the Kansas institution that stages anti- LGB  protests across the country, died Thursday, according to multiple reports . Fred Phelps, 84, started the Westboro Baptist Church in Topeka in 1955. Since its founding, the Church has become known throughout the world for demonstrations and pickets at events including military funerals and political gatherings. Westboro members would stand outside holding posters and signs with spiteful slogans condemning LGBT people, among others.  One oft-repeated refrain, likely the one which became most associated with the church and is used at its web address, was "God Hates Fags.
NEWS
By Michael Meyerson | April 21, 2013
Cellphones and the Internet have not only altered the way we communicate, they have changed the way we can injure one another. The telecommunications revolution has created the capability of causing far greater harm to children than the bullying many of us remember from when we were young. The omnipresent nature of the Internet means that there is no place for the child who is victimized to hide. Not even one's home is a safe haven when repeated, vicious attacks appear on Facebook and Twitter.
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By Alison Knezevich, The Baltimore Sun | April 2, 2013
A Baltimore County Council member has withdrawn a controversial bill that sought to bar protests near public and private schools in the county — a measure that drew wide criticism from organizations including the American Civil Liberties Union, the county teachers union and the Center for Bio-Ethical Reform, a national anti-abortion organization. Councilman Todd Huff, a Lutherville Republican, said Tuesday he has asked county attorneys to pull the bill so he could sit down with the teachers' union and "try to see how we can work through this issue, and see what their thought process is" in opposing it. Huff's measure would have barred protests within 300 feet of schools in Baltimore County during the hour before and after school, and while classes are in session.
NEWS
January 6, 2013
The spokeswoman for the fanatic Westboro Baptist Church, Shirley Phelps-Roper, recently made the following comments: "Connecticut has same-sex marriage, God sent the shooter into Newtown. " To equate the Newtown tragedy with same-sex marriage is one of the most horrendous statements a so-called Christian could utter. Ms. Phelps-Roper's moral turpitude is absolutely revolting. The sad thing is that there are so many like her. Geraldine Segal, Randallstown
NEWS
March 2, 2011
If there ever was a case for marriage equality for gay people, it is the Westboro Baptist Church, the people who celebrate happily at the funerals of our brave soldiers who died to fight religious extremism. The Westboro protesters hate America, our soldiers etc., but the root of their hatred is for gay people. The Supreme Court voted 8-1 that this "anything but" Christian church could not be held liable for their horrendous acts under our free speech laws. Nothing would be more fitting to punish Westboro than to have Maryland, the Free State, enact marriage equality for our gay citizens, friends and neighbors.
NEWS
March 4, 2011
Freedom of speech is at the top of the list of The Bill of Rights, but people who think of themselves as religious should read their Bibles ("Justices rule anti-gay church can protest at military funerals," March 3). Clearly the most significant message of the Judeo-Christian belief system is to love thy neighbor as thyself and to treat others the way you would want them to treat you. Would the self-proclaimed religious protesters from Westboro Baptist Church want to deal with verbal assaults at the funerals of their loved ones?
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By Erin Cox and Alison Knezevich, The Baltimore Sun | January 2, 2013
A handful of Westboro Baptist Church protesters picketing same-sex marriage in front of courthouses in Annapolis and Towson Wednesday were met with large groups of counter-protesters holding signs preaching tolerance. In the state capital, more than 250 people gathered in the early morning, singing carols, to counter four members of the ultra-conservative Westboro Baptist, which is based in Kansas. St. Anne's Episcopal Church, across the street from the Annapolis courthouse, organized the counter-protest there.
NEWS
August 6, 2012
Chick-fil-APresident and CEO Dan Cathy surely knew that his corporate opposition to same-sex marriage would spur controversy. He is more than justified in stating his position, given that his company will either reap the benefits or suffer the consequences of his words. What is more disturbing is his statement that "we are inviting God's judgment on our nation when we shake our fist at Him and say 'We know better than you as to what constitutes marriage.'" That attitude smacks frighteningly of the radical Westboro Baptist Church philosophy that celebrates the deaths of American soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan because, it says, the U.S. tolerates homosexuality.
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