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AlbertCat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-02-11 09:56 PM
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4. Why is this family scam business considered a church?
What are the legal definitions of what constitutes a church.... or other religious entity... that may claim tax exemption?

I mean, is this a Baptist position? That dead GIs are punishment for tolerating gays? Is that in the official Baptist charter? What makes the Phelps family a Baptist church? Just because they say they are?


I bet they couldn't afford their far flung protests if they were taxed.

And how does paying for psych harm and harassment endanger their right to free speech? They are free to harass, and pay the fine.
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  -US Supreme Court allows anti-gay funeral protests Chevy  Mar-02-11 09:38 PM   #0 
  - Harassing a dead GI's family at the funeral w. homophobic bullshit...  Smarmie Doofus   Mar-02-11 09:44 PM   #1 
  - And Alito  Chevy   Mar-02-11 09:52 PM   #3 
  - Been posted and discussed.  elleng   Mar-02-11 09:51 PM   #2 
  - Why is this family scam business considered a church?  AlbertCat   Mar-02-11 09:56 PM   #4 
  - That's what I'd like to know  VermeerLives   Mar-03-11 09:46 AM   #59 
     - We need to come up with ideas on how to counter-protest  VermeerLives   Mar-03-11 09:53 AM   #60 
  - High Court Rules for Military Funeral Protesters  SharonRB   Mar-02-11 10:23 PM   #5 
  - Good. I want to read Alito's opinion and see wtf he had to say.  NYC Liberal   Mar-02-11 10:23 PM   #6 
  - Exactly. n/t  PoliticAverse   Mar-02-11 10:23 PM   #7 
  - Indeed, it is rather telling that it was 8-1  uppityperson   Mar-02-11 10:23 PM   #8 
  - Here's the decision. I agree with it. Alito's dissent is lame  speltwon   Mar-02-11 10:24 PM   #36 
  - What is there for Alito to dissent?  Renew Deal   Mar-02-11 10:23 PM   #9 
  - Disruption obviously.  former9thward   Mar-02-11 10:23 PM   #25 
     - See my post, # 9, for Alito dissent.  elleng   Mar-02-11 10:24 PM   #27 
     - Considering the complainant didn't even know the Phelps clan was there  speltwon   Mar-02-11 10:24 PM   #37 
  - Time to form a church called "God Hates Westboro" and begin  plumbob   Mar-02-11 10:23 PM   #10 
  - How about a Church called "God Loves Gays" ?  demwing   Mar-02-11 10:23 PM   #11 
  - You're right, of course, but I really find myself angry that these  plumbob   Mar-02-11 10:24 PM   #48 
     - right there with you, and then some. They make me consider non-peaceful protests  demwing   Mar-02-11 10:24 PM   #53 
  - God spoke to me in my sleep last night. Fred Phelps is going to  24601   Mar-03-11 04:00 AM   #56 
  - Measured. Breyer concurred separately. Summary:  elleng   Mar-02-11 10:23 PM   #12 
  - But if the signs said "Bush is a war criminal" outside the RNC  Newsjock   Mar-02-11 10:23 PM   #13 
  - It's a victory for the 1st amendment  speltwon   Mar-02-11 10:24 PM   #38 
  - BS - plenty have held signs saying Bush is a war criminal  hugo_from_TN   Mar-02-11 10:52 PM   #54 
  - Alito:  elleng   Mar-02-11 10:23 PM   #14 
  - Entire decision, pdf:  elleng   Mar-02-11 10:23 PM   #15 
  - High court rules for military funeral protesters  iandhr   Mar-02-11 10:23 PM   #16 
  - Like the Skokie nazi protesters so long ago....  whistler162   Mar-02-11 10:23 PM   #17 
  - Biggest IRL trolls, ever  AngryAmish   Mar-02-11 10:23 PM   #18 
  - The more visible WBC is  MNBrewer   Mar-02-11 10:23 PM   #19 
  - this wasn't about the funeral protests, it was about them slandering the soldier's family  cbdo2007   Mar-02-11 10:23 PM   #20 
  - Was NOT.  elleng   Mar-02-11 10:23 PM   #23 
     - Then it was all a waste of time.  cbdo2007   Mar-02-11 10:23 PM   #24 
        - Read the decision.  elleng   Mar-02-11 10:23 PM   #26 
        - No, it WAS NOT  speltwon   Mar-02-11 10:24 PM   #39 
  - Good ruling and this proves beyond a shadow of a doubt that Alito is the WORST...  Poll_Blind   Mar-02-11 10:23 PM   #21 
  - Okay. Then Supreme Court Funerals Are ALSO Fair Game  Demeter   Mar-02-11 10:23 PM   #22 
  - I despise WBC. I think it constitutional to keep counter-demonstrations at a distance  struggle4progress   Mar-02-11 10:24 PM   #28 
  - This "free speech" gone wild...  SoapBox   Mar-02-11 10:24 PM   #29 
  - Our first amendment has always been over the cliff when compared to most other nations  speltwon   Mar-02-11 10:24 PM   #40 
  - Some folks may not like the source,  ManiacJoe   Mar-02-11 10:24 PM   #30 
  - If church members get their asses killed by a drive-by...  The Nexus   Mar-02-11 10:24 PM   #31 
  - Supreme Court rules for anti-gay church over military funeral protests  alp227   Mar-02-11 10:24 PM   #32 
  - The plaintiffs have the option of a civil tort of intentional infliction of emotional distress  no_hypocrisy   Mar-02-11 10:24 PM   #33 
  - lol. This case already threw out a tort for intentional infliction of emotional distress  speltwon   Mar-02-11 10:24 PM   #42 
     - No I didn't (obviously). I thought it was based a case in equity, like  no_hypocrisy   Mar-02-11 10:24 PM   #43 
        - Ok. It was based on the complainant suing because of emotional distress  speltwon   Mar-02-11 10:24 PM   #44 
           - If memory serves, emotional distress has elements of it has to be  no_hypocrisy   Mar-02-11 10:24 PM   #45 
              - That sounds right  speltwon   Mar-02-11 10:24 PM   #46 
  - Loathesome and (truly) god-awful as the phelpseseses are, this is first amendment stuff all the way.  Rabrrrrrr   Mar-02-11 10:24 PM   #34 
  - They voted in favor of freedom, not Fred Phelps  speltwon   Mar-02-11 10:24 PM   #41 
  - Glad for the decision, but  mr_liberal   Mar-02-11 10:24 PM   #35 
  - Westboro Baptist Church to 'Quadruple' Funeral Protests After Ruling  somone   Mar-02-11 10:24 PM   #47 
  - They better start reproducing then  WatsonT   Mar-02-11 10:24 PM   #50 
  - They didn't rule for the Westboro nutjobs  WatsonT   Mar-02-11 10:24 PM   #49 
  - +1  The Northerner   Mar-02-11 10:24 PM   #51 
  - It makes me wonder what happens when the SCOTUS  customerserviceguy   Mar-02-11 10:24 PM   #52 
     - There is no such thing as verbal violence.  hugo_from_TN   Mar-02-11 10:56 PM   #55 
     - Verbal violence?  WatsonT   Mar-03-11 08:38 AM   #57 
  - I think they got this one right. nt.  Hosnon   Mar-03-11 09:12 AM   #58 

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