Here’s the latest from the freaks at Westboro “Baptist Church”
But then again, it’s Lawrence County….so Westboro Baptist and freaky Fred Phelps might be advised to do their research in advance before they set up their “God Hates Fags” routine in Lawrenceville….because those people there kind of make their own RULES.
Our regular readers will remember that WBC threatened to picket the funerals of the tornado dead in Harrisburg in early March, and were met with resistance at every turn. Vehicles from Kansas were eyed with suspicion—as WBC is home-based in that state—and some at area motels even received slashed tires as they sat on the parking lots.
But the biggest reception were the hundreds upon hundreds of people who formed a “human shield” at the sites of the visitations and funerals of the storm dead, holding up yards of purple fabric (the local school color) to keep any protesting WBC freak from being seen by those at the funeral home, just off the main drag (Commercial Drive/Highway 45) in town. It was a heartwarming sight, and showed the solidarity of small towns and southern Illinois in full.
Now, the WBC nuts are threatening to protest Pinnick’s funeral tomorrow in Lawrenceville. And that may not be the best of ideas.
That’s because Lawrence County and Lawrenceville doesn’t seem to mind lawsuits…the thing that WBC, peopled by attorneys in one big family, the Phelpses, count on in order to make money and fund their nuttiness. See, WBC sends out their alerts that they’re going to picket a funeral of a soldier, complete with inflammatory signs the likes of which you see in this post, and with this they count on pissing off the locals. They count on the locals reacting, then when a local punches the lights out of a WBC nut, they sue the local law enforcement for not “protecting” them in their upheld right to protest the funerals.
The difference here is that it’s Lawrence County.
We’ve kind of lost count of the number of lawsuits that law enforcement has been involved in throughout Lawrence since our paper started covering them in 2003. We THINK they may be up to an even dozen, including each of the little burgs and the various entities, but that may be a conservative guess, since there have been two filed just this year. And these entities keep up their tort immunity insurance, pay the premiums, cost the taxpayers, pay the settlement in local or federal court….and move on to another day and another lawsuit. They just don’t care about the expense, which is one of the reasons why there’s been a mass exodus of people from Lawrence in the past decade—because people can’t afford their tax bills. And those in charge—the city councils, county board and other taxing entities—just keep raising taxes and facing deficit budgets. Until one of these days they’re going to run out of money….but that day hasn’t arrived yet.
And Westboro Baptist is just one of those expenses that, we’re guessing, Lawrence is willing to foot the bill for.
So WBC/Freaky Phelps nuts, be warned. There are a lot of proud redneck folks in Lawrence. They kick the shit out of people for the hell of it on a regular basis. The cops themselves have been proven time and again to be brutal, and free and loose with the usage of pepper spray, TASERs and their sidearms. Many of these cops serve on the local ILEAS (SWAT) team and pride themselves on being trained to quell civil disruption. They LIKE beating restrained suspects. And if they feel you’re disrupting the peace, they’ll restrain you….then beat the shit out of you because that’s what they DO.
Never in my life did I believe I’d be espousing this opinion, but here it is: Go for it, Lawrence entities. If ever there was a lawsuit-worthy issue, this is it.
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