As Martin Luther King, Jr. said, “The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice.” So, finally! $11M Verdict in Funeral Protesters Case Good good good. Enough of this nauseating ugliness masquerading as Christianity:
Members of a fundamentalist Kansas church ordered to pay nearly $11 million in damages to a grieving father smiled as they walked out of the courtroom, vowing that the verdict would not deter them from protesting at military funerals.
Members promised to picket future funerals with placards bearing such slogans as “Thank God for dead soldiers” and “God hates fags.”
…The group believes that U.S. deaths in the Iraq war are punishment for the nation’s tolerance of homosexuality. They say they are entitled to protest at funerals under the First Amendment, which guarantees freedom of speech and religion.
Albert Snyder sued the Topeka, Kan., church after a protest last year at the funeral of his son, Marine Lance Cpl. Matthew Snyder, who was killed in Iraq. He claimed the protests intruded upon what should have been a private ceremony and sullied his memory of the event.
A jury agreed. On Wednesday, the church and three of its leaders — Fred Phelps and his two daughters, Phelps-Roper and Rebekah Phelps-Davis — were found liable for invasion of privacy and intent to inflict emotional distress. Jurors awarded Snyder $2.9 million in compensatory damages and $8 million in punitive damages.
Fred Phelps remains undeterred. “Oh, it will take about five minutes to get that thing reversed [on appeal],” he said.
Just like it takes five minutes to fly to his Westboro Baptist Church on Flying Pig Airways.