The prosecution claimed the demonstration was not intended as political speech, but as an incitement to violence, and that Phelps-Roper's conduct might also constitute child abuse.Prosecutors later dropped charges against Phelps-Roper. While being filmed by documentary maker Louis Theroux, they picketed a local appliance store because it sold Swedish vacuum cleaners, which the church viewed as being supportive of gay people because of Swedish prosecution of Åke Green, a pastor critical of homosexuality.As of March 2009 the church claims to have participated in over 41,000 protests in over 650 cities since 1991. In 1995, Phelps Sr.'s eldest grandson, Benjamin Phelps, was convicted of assault and disorderly conduct after spitting upon the face of a passerby during a picket.In the 1990s the church won a series of lawsuits against the City of Topeka and Shawnee County for efforts taken to prevent or hinder WBC picketing, and was awarded approximately $200,000 in attorney's fees and costs associated with the litigation.See more hotels on Time Out Beijing Faena Hotel Universe A true original in BA.St Regis With a list of guests that extends to celebrities and heads of state, the St Regis is Beijing’s most prestigious address.
Soon, their protests had spread throughout the city, and within three years the church was traveling across the country.
The arrest resulted from her allowing her ten-year-old son to step on a U. flag during the demonstration, which is illegal under Nebraska law.