Fred Phelps's daughter, who has played an integral role in the functioning of the Westboro Baptist Church's protests, was arrested yesterday for contributing to the delinquency of a minor. Her son was caught stomping an American flag. From the Lawrence Journal-World:
Phelps-Roper acknowledged that she allowed her 10-year-old son, Jonah, to stand on the flag -- an action that she says is protected by the U.S. Constitution.Why, why, why does the state of Nebraska make me take the Phelps klan's side? She and her son should have a right to that form of speech, and I'm sure that there are a lot of better things to arrest her for. How about child abuse for turning her son into a hate-mongerer? Making a child hateful to make a political statement is exploiting him, and hatred that doesn't manifest itself as violence hurts the hater more than the hated. But this, ugh.
Bellevue Police Capt. Herb Evers said a 1977 Nebraska statute makes it unlawful for a person to trample on a flag.
Here's what an anonymous commenter on another site said:
If it's legal to burn a flag in protest, then it would be legal to trample a flag. Eating a flag on the other hand will not be an issue until 3000 during the Zoidburg vs. Earth trial.(h/t Jeremy)