“You must be living in a painful Spiderman movie if you think that you can change or stop God from killing the soldiers, or stop his people from standing on a public right of way to help you connect the dots from that wrath from God, fury really, that killed and sent to hell your disobedient rebel soldier to your filthy manner of life!”

— Shirley Phelps-Roper of the Westboro Baptist Church in an e-mail to Zachary Parker in advance of a Jan. 5 presentation Parker is giving on a proposed federal bill to limit protests at military funerals. The Kansas-based hate group, which has made headlines by protesting military funerals, has reportedly promised to picket Parker’s presentation.