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Anonymous To Westboro Baptist Church: Picket Boston Marathon Funerals At Your Own Risk

First responders were still on the scene at Boston's devastated Copley Square when fringe hate group Westboro Baptist Church announced it would be picketing the funeral of Boston Marathon bombing victims.

In the message, the group states that "Massachusetts invited this special wrath from God Almighty when it was the first state to pass same-sex marriage on May 17, 2004."

However, hacktivist group Anonymous made it very clear that if the WBC tried anything in Boston, they would feel the full fury of the online community. Read more »

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Westboro Equality House: Aaron Jackson Paints Rainbow Home Across From Anti-Gay Church

The Westboro Baptist Church is about to get a big surprise in the form of a new neighbor who plans to give the notoriously anti-gay group a taste of its own medicine.

Aaron Jackson, one of the founders of Planting Peace, a multi-pronged charity that has in the past concentrated on rainforest conservation, opening orphanages and deworming programs, bought a house that sits directly across from the church's compound six months ago. On Tuesday, March 19, he and a team of volunteers are painting it to match the gay pride flag. Read more »

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Congress Passes Restrictions On Military Funeral Protests, Delivers Blow To Westboro Baptist Church

Westboro Baptist Church protesters will soon be severely limited in their ability to disrupt military funerals, after Congress passed a sweeping veterans bill this week that includes restrictions on such demonstrations.

According to "The Honoring America’s Veterans and Caring for Camp Lejeune Families Act of 2012," which is now headed to President Barack Obama's desk, demonstrators will no longer be allowed to picket military funerals two hours before or after a service. The bill also requires protestors to be at least 300 feet away from grieving family members. Read more »

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A mother was filled with pride when her young son mounted a quiet counter-protest against picketers from the Westboro Baptist Church over the weekend, the Augusta Chronicle reports.

Nine-year-old Josef Miles and his mother, Patty Akrouche, were walking around the Washburn University campus in Topeka, Kan., on Saturday when they saw a group of Westboro Baptist Church protesters armed with signs.

The Church is infamous for using pickets with phrases like "God hates fags" and "Thank God for dead soldiers."

After reading some of the signs on display, Akrouche said that Miles asked her if he could create one of his own. Read more »

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Supreme Court rules First Amendment protects church's right to picket funerals

A nearly unanimous Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that the First Amendment protects even hurtful speech about public issues and upheld the right of a fringe church to protest near military funerals.

Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. wrote that the Topeka, Kan.-based Westboro Baptist Church's picketing "is certainly hurtful and its contribution to public discourse may be negligible." But he said government "cannot react to that pain by punishing the speaker." Read more »

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Una Corte Suprema de Justicia casi por unanimidad falló el miércoles que la Primera Enmienda protege el habla incluso hirientes sobre los asuntos públicos y defendió el derecho de una iglesia franja de protesta cerca de los funerales militares.

Presidente del Tribunal Supremo John G. Roberts Jr. escribió que el Topeka, Kansas, basado en los piquetes Iglesia Bautista de Westboro es "es ciertamente doloroso y su contribución al discurso público puede ser insignificante." Sin embargo, dijo que el gobierno "no puede reaccionar a ese dolor al castigar a los altavoces." Read more »

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States Line Up Against Funeral Hecklers in Supreme Court Brief

By DEVIN DWYER WASHINGTON, May 31, 2010 Forty-eight states and the District of Columbia are backing the family of fallen Marine Matthew Snyder in a pending U.S. Supreme Court case that could decide the constitutionality of laws restricting protests at private family funerals. Lance Cpl. Snyder, who was deployed toIraq in 2006, was killed just a month later in an accident. His funeral in Marylandwas disrupted by demonstrators led by Kansas pastor Fred W.
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