Shirley Phelps-Roper, daughter of Fred Phelps of the Westboro Baptist Church, was formally charged today. From the Wichita Eagle:
Shirley Phelps-Roper, 49, of Topeka, was charged with negligent child abuse, contributing to the delinquency of a minor, flag mutilation and disturbing the peace.
All this because she let her 10-year-old son stand on an American flag. Is it just me, or did the government not care when this group was protesting AIDS victims' funerals but does now that they're protesting military funerals?
Just seems to me that the WBC is one of the few right-leaning groups that doesn't contradict itself with that whole "America is going down the sewer with its decadent ways" rhetoric followed by "America is the greatest country on Earth and no one can say anything bad about it ever." That's one of the reasons that I like them a bit more than The 700 Club or NARTH style fundies.
The ACLU indicates that they will probably represent her in court.