Gloating Westboro Vows to Quadruple Protests
Anti-gay extremists hail Supreme Court decision
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 3, 2011 3:43 AM CST
Updated Mar 3, 2011 7:46 AM CST
The Rev. Fred Phelps prepares to protest outside the Kansas Statehouse in Topeka.   (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)

(Newser) – The Westboro Baptist Church reacted to its Supreme Court victory yesterday with its usual amount of tact and good grace. Gloating leaders of the Kansas-based extremist church vowed to quadruple the number of protests at military funerals now that the court has ruled such demonstrations are protected under the First Amendment, ABC News reports. Samuel Alito, the sole dissenting justice, "simply didn't follow his oath—he'll have to take that up with God," a church spokeswoman said. "I very much appreciate the fact that I get to be the mouth of God in this matter," she crowed.

Members believe military deaths are God's retribution for America's tolerance of homosexuality. Albert Snyder, who sued the church after they picketed the funeral of his son, a Marine, slammed the decision. "This court has no problem with the government sending our children over to these wars, sending them back in a body bag, and not even having enough respect for that dead soldier to be buried peacefully," he told reporters. (Click to read about Westboro's recent battle with Anonymous.)