Phelps family foiled at Missouri funeral

Flags in Weston

Folks in Weston, Mo., are as fed up as the rest of us with Fred Phelps and his followers from the Westboro Baptist Church in Topeka, Kans. When a funeral was scheduled for one of their own, Sgt. First Class C.J. Sadell, they organized to make sure Phelps couldn’t interfere.

Yesterday residents and people from as far away as California and Australia rallied hours ahead of time to take up all available parking spaces, as well as all the the sidewalk space at the intersection specified on Phelps’ permit. Patriotic music was played and American flags waved, including one so large that it would have completely blocked the view of the Kansas protesters.

The Phelps family, known for their disruption of military funerals with hateful anti-gay signs, did show up at the funeral but left when they realized they’d been out-maneuvered.

Cheers to organizer Rebecca Rooney and her Weston community. This sort of action should continue until Fred Phelps and his followers stop abusing their First Amendment rights and start showing some respect for the soldiers who fight to protect those rights.

And sincere condolences to Sgt. Sadell’s family and loved ones.

7 thoughts on “Phelps family foiled at Missouri funeral

  1. This is nothing but an expression of pure evil. I wish Fred Phelps’s gay lover would out him once and for all so we could be done with this.

  2. I’m glad folk’s are starting to take notice of this abuse of the 1st amendment and these hateful people, and are starting to be pro-active.

    When people just re-acted and burned down their church, it just made them martyrs in their own eyes. Deny attention by techniques as mentioned above, they have no choice but to just go home.

    The law has been their weapon and now it can be their bane. They can’t hardly break it and try to use it later.
    The Supreme Court will take notice, as the Justices won’t like to be played

... and that's my two cents