Westboro has demonstrated at hundreds of military funerals. Having issued a press release resulting in extensive media coverage, the church displayed signs at Corporal Snyder's funeral proclaiming messages such as "Thank God for dead soldiers" and "God hates you." The church is well studied in the law and carefully complied with local setback rules, demonstrating on public land within 1,000 feet of the funeral. The church's pastor, Fred Phelps, is a former Kansas attorney. His daughter, attorney Margie Phelps, argued the case for the respondents.