Former Soldier Arrested for Stalking Westboro Church Members

According to CNN, a veteran and amputee is being held on charges of stalking members of the Westboro Baptist Church, a Kansas-based anti-gay organization best known for picketing soldiers funerals.

Retired Sgt. Ryan Newell of Marion, Kansas, is being charged with criminal use of weapons, stalking, and false impersonation of a law officer after being discovered outside of the Witchita City Hall with a car full of weapons and ammunition.

The church, a recognized hate group according to the Southern Poverty Law Center, responded with their usual class:

Shirley Phelps-Roper, the church pastor’s daughter, said a judge has ordered Newell not to go anywhere near members of her family and church.

“Isn’t this an amazing turn of events?” Phelps-Roper told CNN. “These young people have gone to war with broken moral compasses and now they think they are in charge and that the mob is ruling the country.

“He comes with his cache of weapons and 90 rounds of ammunition and he’s going to kill us because we’re simply saying that if you stop sinning, God will stop this pain in Iraq and Afghanistan,” Phelps-Roper said.

“He thinks (if he is released on bail), he is going to go back and try it again. He’s already had a God-smack and he’s going to try to get another one again. This time he’s not going to lose his limbs. He’s going to lose his life. God is going to kill him. He warned, ‘Don’t touch my people,’” Phelps-Roper said.

The church has been having less and less success at picketing recently, as more groups are standing up and banding together in order to block their access to events. 

No one deserves to be threatened or stalked or put in physical danger.  Still, it’s not difficult to imagine why so many supportive calls are allegedly coming into the local police station on behalf of Newall, asking that his bail be reduced.

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Teri Casillas
N.T. Casillas5 years ago

To Stacey D:
Thanks so much for posting this link to your favorite song about Phelps and his lunatic fringe wackjobs ( I would've laughed myself silly (and was glad I had my headset on) as I'm in my local small town library. I'd give you a green star but am not vouched for yet.

I may have just found my new ringtone (except I'd catch flak for the song's vulgarity).

As for Phelps and his bunch of inbreds, well, the action of the song is too good for them--they might like the action too much, and then we'd never get rid of them.

Fred Krohn
Fred Krohn5 years ago

I'd dismiss all charges against the veteran except 'misdemeanor disturbing the peace', fine him a dollar for that, and guide him in joining a peaceful protest group against WBC. He's a veteran and I'd trust him with the weapons long before I'd trust a WBC member - or a politician - with any. As a mamber of a legally registered peaceful protest group, he'd be able to both protest against WBC and work within the Constitution he defended while in the service.

Ellen M.
Ellen M5 years ago

It was only a matter of time before these maggots drove someone over the edge. I do not advocate ANY violence against these disgusting people. I urge everyone to keep their hands off of them -- attacking them violently will only make them look better and fuel their evil fires more.

Annmari Lundin
Annmari Lundin6 years ago

Eddie C.:"Personally, I wouldn't pee on the whole lot if they were on fire." Me either.

Martha Eberle
Martha Eberle6 years ago

The "church" is an affront against god and humanity. The soldier's anger is understandable, but in a society, we must have laws, not mob rule.

Danielle H.
Danielle H6 years ago

I am not sure why these people think they know who God hates and who he loves. I am not a religious person, but I remember learning that God loves everyone.

These people are truly disgusting!

Jodi H.
Jodi Hendon6 years ago

In an article in my local newspaper, one of the Westboro members was quoted as saying that a lot of the family will move away and change their names once they get old enough. Hopefully these people will die out.

There ought to be some way to make them so miserable while they're protesting that they go away. Something not harmful, but irritating, like stink bombs or smoke bombs.

It would be funny if a skunk just wandered among them and let loose.

Rod Gesner
Rod Gesner6 years ago

He could easily Justify his Weapons; as Needed for Self Defense;

Do you think Those Hate Mongers go UNARMED?

The Irony When It's ONE BRAVE MAN It's Stalking;
But A Group of Inbred Raving Hatemongers;
it's religious Freedom????

Connie Herndon
Connie Herndon6 years ago

It amazes me that they are recognized as a hate group and yet they are allowed to spread hate and lies. At Ft. Campbell this group had a few people, mostly small children, to bring their hate and signs to protest at a funeral. They are sad group of people.

Cristi Sturgill
Cristi Sturgill6 years ago

When a member of the inbred family calling themselves Westboro Baptist Church dies, we should not only picket their funerals, we should accompany them to the burial and dance on their graves.