Supreme Court allows church protests at military funerals
The Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that the First Amendment protects fundamentalist church members who mount attention-getting, anti-gay protests outside military funerals.
The court voted 8-1 in favor of the Westboro Baptist Church of Topeka, Kan. The decision upheld an appeals court ruling that threw out a $5 million judgment to the father of a dead Marine who sued church members after they picketed his sonâ€™s funeral.
Chief Justice John Roberts wrote the opinion for the court. Justice Samuel Alito dissented....
I honestly think we should take our Christian walk.. and act mote Christ like just like we are suppose to. Jesus who is also God is a God of love...its time we stop putting everyone down for everything and inmates show love to these lost souls just like our Lord and Savior would.. yes homosexuality is a sin but do you really think Jesus would be out there with picket signs saying hateful things. We are trying to save souls like we are called to do.. not scare them away. Homosexuality is a sin just like every other sin.. love your brothern and most importantly love your enemy. If you are of God then you have his love in you. Glorify him in all you do... its simple.
To which post of mine are you referring? All I do know is, Westboro does better than the Apostles, who were evidently negligent in not picketing pagan perverts in the Roman Empire. And look at Acts 19:37: no one could prove that Paul dissed Diana.
Who Said I Was "comparing Abraham...- WITH Westboro (Baptist Church) ?
I Was Simply Declaring That Anyone Who Always Wants To Understand Everything--Especially What Motivates Anyone To Do Anything--Won't Always Understand Why !
Looks Like "kerral" Is No Different Than "neil"--As "kerral" Would've ALSO Accused JOB Of Sin Too--Like JOB'S Three Friends Did !
Evidently "kerral" Is As "IGNORANT" As "neil" In NOT UNDERSTANDING What Motivates Westboro Baptist Church; Or, For That Matter: ANY Singularistic Fundamentalist "Church", "Synagogue" Or "Mosque" !
What Westboro Baptist Church Has Done, Is Doing & Will EVER DO In PEACEFULLY 'REPROVING, REBUKING & EXHORTINGLY' Protesting "Sodomites & Soldiers" Is NOT ONLY Legal, Lawful & U.S. CONSTITUTIONALLY PROTECTED;
But It Is ALSO AUTHORIZED-BIBLICALLY, HOLY-SPIRITUALLY & WHOLLY Done:
"DECENTLY AND IN ORDER." I COR. 14:40:
"I CHARGE THEE THEREFORE BEFORE GOD, AND THE LORD JESUS CHRIST, WHO SHALL JUDGE THE QUICK AND THE DEAD AT HIS APPEARING AND HIS KINGDOM;
PREACH THE WORD, BE INSTANT IN SEASON; OUT OF SEASON; REPROVE, REBUKE, EXHORT WITH ALL LONGSUFFERING AND DOCTRINE.
FOR THE TIME [HAS] COME WHEN THEY WILL NOT ENDURE SOUND DOCTRINE" 2 TIM. 4:1-3a !
Street-Preacher wrote: I Imagine If You Were A Spectator Observing Abraham Offering Up His Son Isaac As A Human Sacrifice--You'd At The Least Say The Same Thing: "I just don't understand what motivates these (Abraham, Isaac, Hebrew,) people"
The problem with comparing Abraham and the action he took with Isaac on that day - WITH Westboro, is that Abraham is a real servant of God, whereas Westboro is a statement by false teachers, to those who follow pernicious ways. 2Peter 2:1,2.
Abraham did what God commanded.
Westboro isn't even close.
Gen 22:1 And it came to pass after these things, that God did tempt Abraham, and said unto him, Abraham: and he said, Behold, here I am. 2 And he said, Take now thy son, thine only son Isaac, whom thou lovest, and get thee into the land of Moriah; and offer him there for a burnt offering upon one of the mountains which I will tell thee of."
The understanding of what the Lord commanded Abraham concerning Isaac is only within the scope of the servant of God.
What Westboro is doing in their protestations is evil, unprovoked by the families and UNChristian.
The First Amendment when originally framed was expected to be applied by those who have decency and common sense. There is doubt of that here!
Hmmm, Mike, I have nothing but nice things to say about you comment!
I wish they stop calling this clan a church, One of the ways to tell a Christian is by,
Colossians 3 5 Therefore consider the members of your earthly body as dead to immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire, and greed, which amounts to idolatry. 6 For it is on account of these things that the wrath of God will come, 7 and in them you also once walked, when you were living in them. 8 But now you also, put them all aside: anger, wrath, malice, slander, and abusive speech from your mouth.---NASB
Oh, and if these people just happen to be Christian(?) There publicity stunts don't go unnoticed by God.
Matthew 6 5 "And when you pray, you are not to be as the hypocrites; for they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and on the street corners, in order to be seen by men. Truly I say to you, they have their reward in full.---NASB
They certainly do have an unhealthy fascination with Homosexuality don't they?
The Westboro Baptist Church has usurped the office of the magistrate. Historically most usurpers rise up, in response to lawful authority shirking their duty. It is the duty of the magistrate to defend marriage according to God's Moral Decree as Creator. The Creation ordinance of marriage doesn't register with evolutionists.
Amos 6:1 Woe to them that are at ease in Zion, and trust in the mountain of Samaria, which are named chief of the nations, to whom the house of Israel came! see v.2,3 also
If we had a Christ acknowledging and honoring Constitution legislating against homosexuality would be unquestionable. We have a Deist Constitution and therefore we are seeing the fruits of being afraid to acknowledge Christ before men. In this world, yes; but ultimately in Christ's final rejection. see Matt.25:31-46
Barry from KY wrote: Unfortunately, freedom of speech goes both ways. I just don't understand what motivates these people.
"barry": I Imagine If You Were A Spectator Observing Abraham Offering Up His Son Isaac As A Human Sacrifice--You'd At The Least Say The Same Thing: "I just don't understand what motivates these (Abraham, Isaac, Hebrew, Etc.) people."--At The MOST I Think You, "barry", Would Probably Say Something Like: "That Abraham Is A Devil-Worshipper; LOOK !: He's About To Perform A Human Sacrifice !".
Stop Trying To Understand Why People Do The Things That They Do--Especially Those People Who May Be Doing It To PROTECT, DEFEND & FULFILL The 1st AMMENDMENT To THE U.S. CONSTITUTION !
The FACT That THE U.S. SUPREME COURT Ruled In FAVOR Of WESTBORO BAPTIST CHURCH; Tells Me THE 1st AMMENDMENT To THE U.S. CONSTITUTION Is STILL Alive & Well--Albeit, STILL In DANGER Of Sharp Criticism, Attack & A Target For ELIMINATION By The ENEMIES Of THE U.S. CONSTITUTION & BILL OF RIGHTS, THE U.S.A. & ITS CITIZENS'-PEOPLES' UNRESTRAINED; UNEQUIVOCAL; UNHINDERED PERSUIT OF LIFE, LIBERTY (PROPERTY) & HAPPINESS--
AND THE UNFETTERED PREACHING OF THE AUTHORIZED BIBLICAL-LITERALIST GOSPEL OF CHRIST !
Note: Alito, A Pro-"Canon-Law" Roman-"Catholic" Dissagreed.
Looking at the folks from Westboro Baptist one would think their message is that homosexuality is the only sin there is, since they never seem to complain about any of the many other sins people commit.
I think Mike's got it right here. The "log" in the "eye" of Westboro Baptists is apparently SO big that they only see and preach against the most obvious of sins. Homosexuality, in this case.