Lincoln Journal Star Online: "OMAHA -- There were flags. Across the street from St. Bridget Catholic Church, flags hung from protesters: drooping, dirty, dragging on the ground. A forlorn backdrop to the protesters' signs, which read, among other things, 'God hates the U.S.A.,' 'God hates soldiers' and 'Thank God for IEDs.'Fred Phelps is not fit to clean the latrines of our troops with his tongue. It's hard to understand how his organization can be deemed a "church" in any meaningful sense. Can there be more than a dozen nutjobs in the whole country who have twisted these two threads together? Our sympathy goes out to the good people of Topeka and all of Kansas, who through no fault of their own, find themselves in the same city/state as these addled-brained imbeciles.
About 10 protesters stood on the sidewalk across from the church where the funeral for Staff Sgt. Tricia Jameson, 34, of Omaha was about to be held. The Nebraska Army National Guard medic, a member of the 313th Medical Company of Lincoln, died in a Humvee ambulance on July 14 as she rushed to the aid of three Marines wounded in an attack on their convoy in western Iraq. She was killed by an improvised explosive device, or IED, less than three weeks after arriving in Iraq.
The sunburned protesters were members of a radical Topeka, Kan., church led by anti-gay crusader Fred Phelps. They have protested at everything from schools to churches across the country, spreading their belief that America is damned because of its tolerance of homosexuals. They're taking their signs to soldiers' funerals, claiming their church was bombed by an IED 10 years ago, and that God is retaliating by killing American soldiers with IEDs in Iraq."
We salute Sgt. Jameson and her family for her bravery and sacrifice and for their quiet dignity in the face of the actions of these outrageous idiots.