Wednesday, March 08, 2006

Whose Funeral Would Jesus Protest At?

Previously, we at Holier Than Thou have looked at Rev. Fred Phelps’ Westboro Church in Topeka, Kan., and its penchant for staging noisy protests at the funerals of soldiers killed in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Westboro congregants have been disrupting funerals for several years now, holding signs that read “God Hates Fags” and “God Made IEDs” as American soldiers are laid to rest.

Why? To make their case that the soldiers were killed by God because they were fighting for a country that harbors homosexuals and adulterers. Really, we aren’t making this up.

Well, now even Republican lawmakers are starting to take notice, and several states are working on new laws to ban such protests at funerals.

1) So, how many states have such legislation in the works?

A) 5
B) 7
C) 14
D) 22

2) By comparison, how many congregants does the Westboro Church have?

A) 75
B) 200
C) 1,200
D) 22,000

1) C: 14 states, and most of them Red States, including Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Missouri, Nebraska, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia and Wisconsin

2) A: The church has only 75 congregants, most of them belonging to the extended family of Rev. Phelps.


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