The Westboro scammers were up to their usual shenanigans yesterday, Memorial Day (US), at Arlington National Cemetery. The latest twist? The Knights of the Southern Cross (KKK) responded in kind.
Westboro is, for the most part, a multi-generational family affair, with 11 of the 13 people in the second generation being practicing attorneys in the law firm Phelps Chartered, LLC.
What amuses me about the lawyering-up of the second generation is the fact that the State of Kansas Supreme Court disbarred the clan leader Fred Phelps in 1979 because of his “has little regard for the ethics of his profession.”
One of House Phelps’ second generation told the press that her clan/church ekes out a living without taking money from anyone, but doesn’t say how. I expect that the (unsubstantiated) claim of the clan’s $200K/year income is the result of a lack of lawerly ethics.
Intentionally creating a reputation for provocation and ruckus, then promptly suing the pants off of any possible person, group, jurisdiction, or other government entity that responds to said reputation is their stock and trade.
I’m actually schadenfreudingly pleased to see two such hateful but US Supreme Court free-speech case winners face off against each other. (I have to say that if such a thing was going to happen, Memorial Day at Arlington National Cemetery was certainly the place and the time for it.) While the Westboro/KKK event was, in fact, a non-event, I can’t wait until ANOTHER group’s counterprotest BECOMES an issue for Westboro.