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Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Westboro Baptist Church $10.9 million lighter

The Gawfer is coming out of seclusion to post some news that we deem MOST EXCELLENT!

Father of slain Marine wins case against funeral protesters

Pa. man awarded nearly $11 million in compensatory and punitive damages
By Matthew Dolan Sun reporter
5:54 PM EDT, October 31, 2007

The brokenhearted father of a Marine killed in Iraq won a long-shot legal fight today after a federal jury in Baltimore awarded him nearly $11 million in a verdict against members of a Kansas church who hoisted anti-gay placards at his son's Westminster funeral.

The jury's announcement 24 hours after deliberations first began was met with tears and hugs from the family and supporters of Lance Cpl. Matthew Snyder, whose March 2006 funeral was protested by members of the Westboro Baptist Church with signs including "Thank God for dead soldiers."

Snyder's father, Albert, won on every count of his complaint, as well as $2.9 million for compensatory damages and $8 million for punitive damages.

Of course these idiots will surely claim their first amendment rights are being abused, but I believe this sends a significant message to those who are more concerned about their own agenda, than for the well being of their fellow Americans. The message? Shut the hell up at military funerals!


I told ya it wouldn't take long...