Missouri passed the law in 2006 in order to banish the Topeka, Kansas-based Westboro Baptist Church
from disturbing the peace at military funerals. Westboro's members like to spout off about totally unrelated events and U.S. policies -- gay rights, mainly, hence the church's "godhatesfags"
domain name -- while the caskets carrying the men and women who died for those church members' free-speech rights roll on by.
Even Unreal, who's all for the First Amendment, has to concede that the church's activities are a bit of...(
) a non sequitur
The law prompted Westboro's founder's daughter, Shirley Phelps-Roper
, to sue the state of Missouri. She did so with the help of the American Civil Liberties Union's St. Louis office. A federal appeals court said Missouri cannot enforce its ban until Roper's lawsuit gets taken care of.
Missouri then petitioned for a hearing before the U.S. Supreme Court, to no avail.
So our esteemed local morning-show host Charlie Brennan
had Phelps-Roper on his show Tuesday morning, right as she protested outside Arlington National Cemetary as the funeral of an Army officer, who died in the D.C. Metro crash, carried on.
Brennan got his ears chewed off.
To his credit, Brennan did have the balls to ask if Phelps-Roper would come to St. Louis for a psychological examination
. Check it out here
On Tuesday the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear a case brought by the state of Missouri, which has a law banning protesters from funerals.