Bill Would Limit Military Funeral Protests

WASHINGTON (RNS) A bipartisan group of senators has introduced a bill that would make it harder for protesters from a fringe Baptist church in Topeka, Kansas, to protest outside military funerals. The Sanctity of Eternal Rest for Veterans Act, introduced by Sen....

Westboro Church Plans Protest of Funeral for Pa. Children

HARRISBURG, Pa. (RNS) Westboro Baptist Church, the controversial group that just won a free speech Supreme Court case, said it plans to protest at a funeral for seven Pennsylvania children who died in a fire Tuesday (March 8) night. “I’m baffled that they would choose...

The Biblical Ethic That Fred Phelps Can’t Grasp

The Supreme Court recently upheld, on First Amendment grounds, a federal appeals court’s decision to overturn a verdict awarding millions to the father of the late Matthew Snyder. The decision represents an interesting – some would say tragic – irony in the...

Time to Call Out Strident Rhetoric of Extremists

Saturday’s tragic shooting in Tucson, Ariz., has prompted sober reflection. Much of the response has centered around the partisan rhetoric that marks our political stage. The question is: Does that rhetoric invite this particular incident and others like it? I...