June 1, 2010 4:42 AM

Commentary: Honoring soldiers by opposing Fred Phelps

By the end of Thursday, nearly all 50 states are expected to be in legal alignment against Fred Phelps. This is no small feat. Despite the rather bland feeling an amicus brief signed by a bunch of attorney generals may elicit, the importance should be understood. Somehow, a short court document doesn't feel like much of a reply to the decades-long fury of Phelps, his crude signs about gays, the demeaning nature of his disruptive protests at the funerals of soldiers killed in Iraq and Afghanistan.

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