July 7, 2007

Christian Extremist Charged With Flag Mutiliation

The infamous Phelps clan, the group known for protesting military funerals out of hatred of homosexuals, is in the news once again. According to the Associated Press, a member was recently charged with "negligent child abuse, contributing to the delinquency of a minor, flag mutilation and disturbing the peace."

Evidently, Shirley Phelps-Roper's 10-year-old son "stomped on a U.S. flag" during one of the group's protests.
"I have not failed to do my duty to my children, to my God or to my fellow countrymen, and I take my job dead serious," Phelps-Roper said Thursday.
What is interesting about this story is that the ACLU may defend Phelps-Roper, focusing on the freedom of expression issue. Since Christian extremists are not known for being fans of the ACLU, it will be interesting what they decide to do with this case. My guess is that they will ignore it and hope that it doesn't receive much attention.
Phelps-Roper said church members have protested at hundreds of military funerals across the country for 17 years. Westboro's message during funeral protests is that the soldier deaths are God's punishment for the nation accepting homosexuals.

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