All the uproar about the protests led by Westboro Baptist Church (i.e., the “god hates f*#s” church) reminded me of a question I had after watching the documentary “Fall From Grace,” which is, where are these bozos getting their money? The church is made up solely of the Phelps family who are either unemployed are barely employed. Fred Phelps was an attorney who hasn’t practiced in decades.
So, where is the money coming from> Far right extremists? If so, it’s the most moronic move since the Watergate break-in. The far left trying to frighten people? Sounds goofy but Fred Phelps, the patriarch and “pastor” was a civil rights attorney and outspoken Democrat before losing his law license.
The church may lose access to protest funerals for there are time and place restrictions for all speech (e.g., you can’t hold a rally on your sidewalk at 3 a.m.) but they will certainly find other ways to gain attention until someone figures out how to dry up their funding.