The Westboro are a very small 'church' which consists mostly of the family members of Fred Phelps. They deliberately cause offence because they WANT to be arrested so they can sue and get compensation for hurt feelings and restriction of their freedom of speech. They need the money to keep their wee almost inbred family church going. That is why the cops leave them alone and why the Biker Guards have been encouraged to roll up. A lot of states have now enacted laws stopping such protests with 500 feet of a funeral or memorial service which should stop these morons.
Pity the Torygraph didn't spend two minutes doing research - these incidents have been all over the US blogs for months.