Tuesday, 27 October 2015
The Westboro Baptist Church
The Westboro Baptist Church is a group of people, particularly from one family. The church was established by Pastor Fred Phelps. The Westboro Baptist Church believe that God hates homosexual people and preach that America is being punished for their acceptance of homosexuality. They are most famous for their protests of many soldiers funerals, it is their belief that the soldiers are being killed by God because they are defending a country that accepts homosexuality. They have gained notoriety across America for their vile and bigoted protests like the ones shown in the above video. They also preach about how Barack Obama is the Antichrist and how God also hates the Jewish as they killed Jesus.
The group exploit the first amendment, which allows them the freedom of religion as well as the freedom of speech. This allows them to openly protest and discuss their views, without restriction. However this raises many issues as the fact they have the right to express their views would cause offence, and this explores whether the first amendment should be completely allowed if it is oppressive or offensive, especially as the Westboro Baptist Church openly spread messages of hate against homosexuals, the Jewish and the United States of America.