By: Chris O'Shea
President Obama is doing his best to stop the members of the horrible/annoying/hate-mongering Westboro Baptist Church (WBC) from making their presence felt. On Monday he simply signed his name to the bottom of the Honoring America’s Veterans and Caring For Camp Lejuene Families Act of 2012. The items the bill provides include benefits for military personnel and their families by boosting soldiers' healthcare, housing, education, and memorial services. The latter is where the WBC comes in.
Back in 2006, members of the WBC, a church in Kansas, protested next to the funeral of Lance Cpl. Matthew Snyder, because they believed that he and other soldiers died because they fight for a country that embraces homosexuality. It was a gross display on so many levels, and the family of Snyder even sued the church for invasion of privacy. The court sided with the family and awarded them $5 million in damages. But, as any organization founded by idiots is wont to do, the WBC appealed the ruling. In 2008, the Supreme Court ruled with the church, saying it had the right to protest.
Obama, however, apparently had other plans. The Camp Lejuene Families Act does indeed increase benefits, but it also overrides the court's decision. Now protests are banned within 300 feet for two hours before and two hours after a military members' funeral. "I am very pleased to be signing this bill into law," President Obama said, during the ceremony. "The graves of our veterans are hallowed ground. And obviously we all defend our Constitution and the First Amendment and free speech, but we also believe that when men and women die in the service of their country and are laid to rest, it should be done with the utmost honor and respect."
The bill even has the backing of those who typically oppose Obama. "Protests that encroach upon the funerals and burials of our fallen soldiers are repugnant and inappropriate — and they undermine the respect military families and loved ones undeniably deserve," Senator Olympia Snowe, a Republican from Maine, said in a statement.
Of course the WBC members are irate. They are determined not to let this ruling change their methodology, which they view as way to increase awareness of their interpretation of the bible. One of the WBC's faithful told ABC News, "It won't affect what we do at all. We are still going to be out there at soldiers funerals warning people that America is doomed. We will do it in a lawful fashion. We will stand 301 feet away. There is prime preaching real estate at 301 feet. My voice can carry a lot farther than 300 feet. That is only the size of a football field."
The WBC official spokesperson (what a joy this person must be) even chimed in, telling CNN "We'll be out there, doing our thing. If you flip off God, if you disobey the standards of God, you will incur God's wrath. What we're trying to do is get people to wake up and smell the coffee."
Uh, right. Well you have to admire the WBC's determination to keep acting like complete a**holes. Now we're not sure, but can Obama sign a law banning a**holes? Someone look into that for us.