Westboro Baptists (sic), the cretins who go to the funerals of our dead troops and protest American not killing gays or something akin to that perhaps serve a purpose. They are a group who are universally hated and despised by both the right, left and middle. They are right up there with 9-11 in that they are a great unifier.
Yesterday Cargosquid called our attention to a horrible situation. Albert Snyder, father of a slain Marine hero, now owes Westboro Baptist over $16,000 dollars for court costs. Snyder sued Westboro Baptist. He won. They appealed and won and were awarded court costs. Americans across the nation are coming to the support of the Snyder family. Bill O’Reilly of O’Reilly Factor of Fox News has stopped up to the plate and has said he will pay the entire amount Snyder has to pay.
Here is the background from Daily News:
Snyder was ordered to pay that amount to Fred Phelps, leader of the Westboro Baptist Church in Topeka, Kan., an anti-gay group that travels the country picketing military funerals, after his lawsuit was overturned last week by a federal appeals court, the Sun reported. Phelp’s group says military deaths are God’s punishment for America’s tolerance of homosexuality.
Snyder sued Westboro after its members waved signs saying “God hates fags” and “God hates the USA” at the 2006 funeral in Westminster of his son, Lance Cpl. Matthew Snyder, who had been killed in Iraq.
A federal jury in Baltimore awarded Snyder $11 million in damages in 2007, saying Phelps’ group intentionally inflicted emotional distress on the family. The award was later reduced to $5 million, and eventually overturned on appeal. It is currently scheduled to be heard by the U.S. Supreme Court.
The case is headed to the Supreme Court. Hopefully Westboro Baptist will be shut down and silenced. Freedom of speech is not without some limits. Most of us are very tired of this hate group getting a pass using our own Constitution. They represent all that is vile to people of all political flavors.