Westboro Baptist Church Plans to Protest Plymouth Soldier's Funeral
The Church whose members are known to protest military funerals has issued a press release saying the congregation will protest Army Spc. Steven Gutowski's funeral, but some Plymouth residents and friends of the Gutowskis are planning a counter protest.
With signs painted with phrases like "GOD HATES AMERICA & IS KILLING
OUR TROOPS IN HIS WRATH" The Westboro Baptist Church, is planning a protest outside St. Peter's Church Monday. The group, from Topeka, Kansas, claims to have conducted more than 46,000 such protests across the country since 1991.
As soon as Plymouth residents heard the news, the immediately began plans for a protest of their own--against Westboro's hateful speech. Those plans are nascent right now, according to coordinators, who hope to get the Gutowski family's permission to show their solidarity as a community for its fallen son.
What do you think? Does this out-of-state religious group have the right to protest military funerals based on the First Amendment? Is it hate speech?
Does this other group of Plymouth residents have the right idea to counterprotest the Westboro Baptist Church.
Does the Gutowski family get a say in any of this, while they're dealing with the grief of losing a son and brother?
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