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Old 10-31-2007, 08:27 PM   #1
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Shock Discussion: The Westboro Baptist Church

Church ordered to pay $10.9 million for funeral protest

BALTIMORE, Maryland (AP) -- A grieving father won a nearly $11 million verdict Wednesday against a fundamentalist Kansas church that pickets military funerals in the belief that the war in Iraq is a punishment for the nation's tolerance of homosexuality.

Albert Snyder of York, Pennsylvania, sued the Westboro Baptist Church for unspecified damages after members demonstrated at the March 2006 funeral of his son, Lance Cpl. Matthew Snyder, who was killed in Iraq.
The jury first awarded $2.9 million in compensatory damages. It returned later in the afternoon with its decision to award $6 million in punitive damages for invasion of privacy and $2 million for causing emotional distress.

U.S. District Judge Richard Bennett noted the size of the award for compensating damages "far exceeds the net worth of the defendants," according to financial statements filed with the court.

Church members routinely picket funerals of military personnel killed in Iraq and Afghanistan, carrying signs such as "Thank God for dead soldiers" and "God hates ****."

A number of states have passed laws regarding funeral protests, and Congress has passed a law prohibiting such protests at federal cemeteries.

But the Maryland lawsuit is believed to be the first filed by the family of a fallen serviceman.

The church and three of its leaders -- the Rev. Fred Phelps and his two daughters, Shirley Phelps-Roper and Rebecca Phelps-Davis, 46 -- were found liable for invasion of privacy and intent to inflict emotional distress.
Snyder claimed the protests intruded upon what should have been a private ceremony and sullied his memory of the event.

The church members testified they are following their religious beliefs by spreading the message that the deaths of soldiers are due to the nation's tolerance of homosexuality.

Their attorneys argued in closing statements Tuesday that the burial was a public event and that even abhorrent points of view are protected by the First Amendment, which guarantees freedom of speech and religion.
The judge said the church's financial statements, sealed earlier, could be released to the plaintiffs.

Earlier, church members staged a demonstration outside the federal courthouse.

Church founder Fred Phelps held a sign reading "God is your enemy," while Shirley Phelps-Roper stood on an American flag and carried a sign that read "God hates *** enablers."

Members of the group sang "God Hates America" to the tune of "God Bless America."

Snyder sobbed when he heard the verdict, while members of the church greeted the news with tightlipped smiles.

http://www.cnn.com/2007/US/law/10/31...ef=mpstoryview

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Old 10-31-2007, 08:30 PM   #2
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If this means they go out of business, that's a damn good thing

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Old 10-31-2007, 08:31 PM   #3
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its about damn time they get taken down a peg or two...million

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Old 10-31-2007, 08:34 PM   #4
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I don't even think those inbred idiots are thousandaires

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Old 10-31-2007, 08:37 PM   #5
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aw man these guys made me laugh, but yea going to the funerals is a bit much.

this song is on their web page... id recommend checking it out... oh and any mods who have a problem with it just delete the post but the song is funny.

its called 'the bible says' and i think its moviefans ringtone.....
http://youtube.com/watch?v=3MRWqlf_8M8

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Old 10-31-2007, 08:37 PM   #6
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are u kidding did you not watch the Louis Theroux documentary last year they're one of the richest families and religions in America cus there church is small but powerful

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Old 10-31-2007, 08:38 PM   #7
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I've not heard of the documentary

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Old 10-31-2007, 08:50 PM   #8
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yeah man, they've got their own law firm and a bunch of houses..

BUt not for long!

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Old 10-31-2007, 09:13 PM   #9
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This has made my day.

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Old 10-31-2007, 09:34 PM   #10
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Fred Phelps can never die... seriously, look at him. The man is a zombie.

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Old 10-31-2007, 09:34 PM   #11
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Aaahh...success.

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Old 10-31-2007, 10:24 PM   #12
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Old 10-31-2007, 10:33 PM   #13
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Thank God. And thank that Judge.

This crap has been going on too long.

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Old 10-31-2007, 10:58 PM   #14
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Church members routinely picket funerals of military personnel killed in Iraq and Afghanistan, carrying signs such as "Thank God for dead soldiers" and "God hates ****."

they need to rally these people into a slaughterhouse. 10 million is alot of money but you cant fix stupid.

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Old 10-31-2007, 11:49 PM   #15
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I wonder if they are confused by not getting their way through sheer smugness.

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Church members routinely picket funerals of military personnel killed in Iraq and Afghanistan, carrying signs such as "Thank God for dead soldiers" and "God hates ****."

they need to rally these people into a slaughterhouse. 10 million is alot of money but you cant fix stupid.

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10 million is alot of money but you cant fix stupid.
It should be spayed or neutered

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Old 11-01-2007, 06:17 AM   #18
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fred pleps should have been a bj. seriouly he is a waste of space pathetic excuse for a human being.

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Old 11-01-2007, 06:24 AM   #19
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Now them getting sued truely is an act of GOD.

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Old 11-01-2007, 06:26 AM   #20
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are u kidding did you not watch the Louis Theroux documentary last year they're one of the richest families and religions in America cus there church is small but powerful
I love Louis Theroux documentary's. Also I never even realised his cousin is the actor Justin Theroux http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Justin_Theroux

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Old 11-01-2007, 06:30 AM   #21
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oooh Justin Theroux is hot

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Old 11-01-2007, 06:50 AM   #22
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The reason they're acting so smug even with the ruling is they've already said they plan to appeal and all this has done is bring more attention to their little group. Phelps even said the judgement did nothing but "make us important".

Regardless of their attitudes, I'm glad someone finally stepped in and smacked them around a little. Now if only one of the local biker gangs that attend some of these funerals for military personnel would apply a little wall to wall counseling with them.

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So many retards to wipe of the earth so little time...

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Keith Allen (Lilly Allens Dad) also made a documentary about them.
You can watch it here on youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jt1kN6hzabc

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Keith Allen (Lilly Allens Dad) also made a documentary about them.
You can watch it here on youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jt1kN6hzabc
Oh for ****s sake!

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