Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Westboro Baptist church sued for 10.9 million

Via CNN:

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.

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.

First Amendment rights ought to be protected for all parties, no matter how abhorent they may be. However, they have no right to intrude on a private ceremony. I am not sure as to whether or not it was a private funeral, but I would suppose that it was.

That being said, I am so glad those maniacal idiots finally got what they deserved. I think the amount might be a little ridiculous, but I hope it puts them in the red. I am so sick and tired of these idiots prancing around like as if they represent the values of God. If they have an issue with the Iraq War, or homosexuality, then they can take it to a public forum. But to purposefully inflict emotional suffering in private ceremonies not only shows their misguided sadism, but their blatant disrespect for the value of human grievance and the right to privacy.


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