Judge: Westboro Protesters Free to Desecrate Flag
Federal court strikes down Nebraska law
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Sep 3, 2010 7:34 AM CDT
This file photo from March 2, 2006, shows Shirley Phelps-Roper, a member of the Westboro Baptist Church of Topeka, Kan., protesting in front of the Pennsylvania Statehouse in Harrisburg, Pa.   (AP Photo/Bradley C. Bower)

(Newser) – A federal judge struck down Nebraska’s law against desecrating the flag yesterday, ruling that Westboro Baptist Church members were free to trample the flag as they protest at military funerals. Members of the infamous church often stomp on the flag, wear it, or wave it upside down at their demonstrations, the AP explains, and the judge said they were free to do so as long as they “otherwise act peacefully.”

Megan Phelps-Roper filed the federal lawsuit in July challenging the constitutionality of Nebraska's 1977 flag law, which bars "casting contempt or ridicule" upon a US or Nebraska flag by mutilating, defacing, burning, or trampling on it. State Attorney General Jon Bruning has acknowledged that the law is not consistent with Supreme Court rulings protecting flag desecration as a form of free speech, and has said he won’t fight to save the law, meaning the case is effectively closed.

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balewest
Sep 4, 2010 10:20 PM CDT
They are Americans, and have the right to act like perfect idiots if they so choose! The are allowed to make the stupidest statements ever uttered by breath bandits! It is their American right to be absolute TWITS if they want... so let them talk. As a wise man once said, the best tool to use to dig your OWN grave, is your OWN tongue. Let's hope that after the get hit by that bus full of soldiers, and are taken to an ER for care... that they run into the 6'9" openly gay nurse, who has to take their temps... from the other side!
Riffran
Sep 4, 2010 5:39 AM CDT
That whole bunch needs a good old fashion mud hole stomped in them.....slimeballs
TuStepp
Sep 3, 2010 12:13 PM CDT
I hope all of them get mauled by a bear a few miles into the woods but live thru it, make the long trek to civilization in a huge amount of pain, and then get hit by a huge bus.... preferably a bus filled with soldiers! But seriously, something terrible has to happen to these people. They are filled with so much hate AND stupidity that they do not deserve the right to LIVE, let alone the right of free speech. They are awful people who preach bullshit from their psycho fucked up heads that they believe God wants. Thanks for making me a little more embarrassed about the world I live in by knowing that you exist, assholes.