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'We Fight For People Like You'

Brace yourselves. Rev. Fred Phelps, the nutter from Kansas who started GodHatesFags, and his ilk are back with more insanity:

An anti-gay protest outside the state Capitol on Thursday afternoon by members of a controversial Kansas church drew jeers, tears and confrontations from counter-demonstrators.

About 30 members of the Westboro Baptist Church, founded in Topeka by the Rev. Fred Phelps, stood on the sidewalk along Broadway, holding signs that said "USA = Fag Nation" and "Thank God for Dead Soldiers."

The demonstrators, mostly relatives of Phelps, went to the Capitol to oppose proposed legislation inspired by their latest protest target - funerals of American troops killed in Iraq and Afghanistan.

The group believes God is punishing the country - and causing the deaths of soldiers and Marines - because it condones homosexuality.

Margie Phelps sang, shouted and led chants, referring to the bombs, known as IEDs, that claim American lives in Iraq.

"Give me an I," she yelled.

"Give me an E."

"Give me a D."

"What does it spell?"

"Dead soldiers!" shouted the protesters.

Marine Lance Cpl. Jeremy Palmer, 22, of Commerce City, couldn't take it any longer as he listened to the Westboro members sing their own lyrics to the tune of the Marine Corps anthem.

He stood within a foot of the singers, waved a Marine flag and yelled the correct last line to the song.

"We fight for people like you," he yelled at them.

The picture accompanying the story is equally repugnant:

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These folks are every bit as bad - and yes, unpatriotic - as the despicable Code Pink anti-war protesters who stood outside the Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington D.C. with signs that read "Maimed for a Lie" and "Enlist here to die for Halliburton."

It's true that good, honorable Marines and other members of the U.S. Armed Forces have sacrificed, and continue to sacrifice around the world today so that these people have the right to say the things they say. It's just a damn shame they say them.