The Westboro Baptist Church, A Radical Christian Group

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The Westboro Baptist Church is a radical Christian group known for their hate. They often protest Military funerals with signs that read “God hates America” along with other various and more vulgar signs. Even though they are a widely disliked group, they have been protected by the first amendment. Which has led to many debates and even a case in the supreme court on whether or not their protest against America and her people should be protected by this amendment, Hopefully that question will be answered in this essay. The Westboro Baptist Church, evil as they are, should be protected by the first amendment. First lets review the first amendment. “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free…show more content…
They also believe that they are the chosen few who will be the only ones going to Heaven because according to them they are the only ones who are following God 's word accordingly. Their children are raised learning songs of how God hates the USA and they have even made smaller signs for the younger children of the church to join in their protests. They believe all of the tragedies that happen in America is God punishing the Nation for it 's policies on homosexuality, divorce, and abortion laws, etc. Along with this they believe Obama to be the Anti Christ and the first sign of the apocalypse. Though it is also important to address that not everyone in the family is rotten. Many of the members over the years have left the church, primarily the younger kids as they gotolder. To which Westboro responds “If you are a true follower, you lose members of your family.” (Fred Phelps Jr.). On March 10th 2006, The Westboro Baptist church picketed the funeral of Marine Lance Corporal Matthew A. Snyder. On June 5th 2006, the family sued WBC for defamation, invasion of privacy, and intentional infliction of emotional distress. WBC had even gone as far as to say that the Snyder 's raised their son for the devil. They dishonored the fallen soldiers memory on the internet and in their protesting. In 2007-2008 the courts primarily ruled in favor of the Snyder 's and had ruled that Snyder family was owed money. The price

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