Friday, March 19, 2010

July 19 jury trial set for Westboro Baptist Church lawsuit against state of Missouri

A July 19 trial has been set in U. S. District Court for the Western District of Missouri in a lawsuit filed by Shirley Phelps-Roeper of the Westboro Baptist Church against the state of Missouri.

Ms. Phelps-Roeper filed her lawsuit after a law was enacted in Missouri preventing protests at funerals. She and her fellow church members have made a practice of protesting at servicemen's funerals, saying God wanted them dead because America is too tolerant of homosexuals.

The Eighth District Court of Appeals ruled in October that church members could continue picketing at funerals until the case is decided.

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