Alex Blaze

Shirley Phelps-Roper was arrested

Filed By Alex Blaze | June 06, 2007 9:45 PM | comments

Filed in: Fundie Watch, Media
Tags: flag desecration, Nebraska, Shirley Phelps-Roper, Westboro Baptist Church

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.

Bellevue Police Capt. Herb Evers said a 1977 Nebraska statute makes it unlawful for a person to trample on a flag.

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.

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)

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A more wrongful arrest couldn't have happened to a more hateful woman.

Zach Adamson | June 7, 2007 8:01 AM

While I categorically agree with you Bil, and the whole free speech thing, Im inclined to over look the violation of the rights denied her because she has spent her life seeing to it that the rights of gays are trampled. She never seems to refer to the constitution when we talk about our rights. So excuse my French.. but I dont give a shit that she thinks her rights were violated. And they were. In this one instance, she is right. But she can just sit in jail and rot and think about how right she was and ponder the good Lord's wondrous irony in the whole situation.

Ah, but isn't that the point? We have to rise above Phelps's level - her constant deranged fascination with the LGBT community is sickening and disgusting - especially how they want to twist the law to oppress us. For us to use their tools to do the same to them makes us no better than they are.

Because equal rights means equal rights - even for nasty hateful witches like Shirley Phelps.

Zach Adamson | June 8, 2007 3:39 PM

Yeah.. thats true too.. which is why I would never be the one to give her the taste of her own medicine that she deserves.. the beauty of stupid people is there is always a surplus of them to do the dirty work called KARMA.. I just wont be the one to fight for her.. :-)
And I say that with love..