First, anyone call the PGR and tell them about this?
Second, news that Fred Phelps has died is lighting up the milblogosphere. Phelps founded the cult, The Westboro Baptist Church, which protested military funerals and has done irreparable harm to the military families of the Fallen. They claim to protest these funerals because God is angry with the USA. But that's not really what they are about. They are lawyers. From the US Navy about 9 years ago:
2.B. THERE IS NO INFORMATION TO INDICATE THAT THIS GROUP PLANS ANY FORM OF VIOLENT ACTIVITY AND THEY ARE NOT KNOWN TO INITIATE PHYSICAL CONTACT. HOWEVER, THIS GROUP DOES EMPLOY PASSIVE-AGGRESSIVE TECHNIQUES INTENDED TO PROVOKE A HOSTILE RESPONSE OR OFFENSIVE REACTION FROM OTHERS. THEY WILL EMPLOY WRITTEN AND VERBAL INFLAMMATORY LANGUAGE AGAINST THE DECEASED PERSON, THEIR FAMILY, AND MILITARY PERSONNEL TO ELICIT DESIRED RESPONSES. THIS GROUP WILL THEN FILE A CIVIL ACTION IN AN EFFORT TO REACH A SETTLEMENT IN ORDER TO FUND FUTURE ACTIVITIES. -
See more at: http://www.blackfive.net/main/2005/08/the_intent_of_f.html
They protest and try to mentally harm those of us who grieve for a Fallen soldier, not because of their religious beliefs, but for MONEY.
This isn't the end of the Westboro Baptist Church cult...but as the joke goes...it's a good start!
I don't think I would protest his funeral, but if I did, this would be my sign: