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Thursday, June 08, 2006

Sue The Bastards!!!!

Marine's Father Sues Funeral Protesters
Associated Press June 06, 2006

GREENBELT, Md. - The father of a Marine whose funeral was picketed by anti-gay protesters from a fundamentalist Kansas church filed an invasion-of-privacy suit against the demonstrators Monday.

It is believed to be the first lawsuit brought by a serviceman's family against Westboro Baptist Church of Topeka, Kan., whose members routinely demonstrate at military funerals around the country.

Albert Snyder of York, Pa., the father of Lance Cpl. Matthew A. Snyder, is seeking unspecified damages. The younger Snyder, 20, died March 3 after an accident in the Anbar province of Iraq. He was buried in Westminster, Md.

"We think it's a case we can win because anyone's funeral is private," Albert Snyder's lawyer Sean Summers said. "You don't have a right to interrupt someone's private funeral."

After filing the suit, Snyder said at a news conference that he hoped a hefty judgment would leave the church members unable to afford travel for more protests.

"I want it to stop," he said of the protests. "I didn't know there were people in the world who did that."

Members of Westboro say the military deaths in Iraq are God's punishment for America's tolerance of gays. They typically carry signs with slogans such as "God Hates Fags" and "Thank God for IEDs," a reference to the roadside bombs used by insurgents.

The church has inspired dozens of state laws banning funeral protests, including a Maryland law that did not go into effect until after Snyder's memorial.

Shirley Phelps-Roper, a spokeswoman for the small congregation, said it is the first time Westboro has been sued by a Soldier's family.

"We were exercising our First Amendment rights," she said.

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  • At 11:46 AM, Anonymous Jennifer said…

    SO embarassing those people are from Kansas.....

  • At 4:28 PM, Anonymous Allison said…

    There are supposed to be protesters at the funeral of the National Guard guy who is from Laurel, MS. A lot of guys from my office want to go, but everyone also wants to frighten away the protesters. Those people are sick. I hop one of their family members dies so we all can go to their funeral and protest them for being suck close minded left wing shits.

  • At 7:17 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    If you can't move on until someone posts a comment here, then I'll do it.

    There, I did it!

    ~Jeanie from P-town~

  • At 11:17 PM, Blogger Viper said…

    Nice try Jeanie.

    Damn, I guess it worked!!!

  • At 2:20 PM, Blogger O! said…

    Wow you weren't kidding - you are more behind than I am!!

  • At 2:54 PM, Blogger a.maria said…

    wow that was a while ago. there was a ton of media about the whole thing here in KC...

    yeah. sick. i hope the judge comes down hard on'em.


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