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Subject: What Do You Think About the Phelps Verdict?
Date Posted: 11/11/2007 7:32 PM ET
Member Since: 6/23/2005
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"BALTIMORE - A grieving father won a nearly $11 million verdict against a fundamentalist church that pickets military funerals out of a belief that the war in Iraq is a punishment for America's tolerance of homosexuality.

Albert Snyder sued the Kansas-based Westboro Baptist Church for unspecified damages after members demonstrated at the March 2006 funeral of his son..."

read the story at MSNBC: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/21566280/

An insightful opinion piece: http://www.dailykos.com/story/2007/10/31/21389/907

I have to say, I hope the damages are not reduced on appeal and that this puts these folks out of business. They have been to Mobile and I was glad to say I helped with a counter-rally.

L. G. (L)
Date Posted: 11/11/2007 10:57 PM ET
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What they did to Matthew Shepard bought them a place in inferno forever, for me.

I hope they have to pay through the nose, despite the fact that I think they have the right to picket on public property.

I hate to be the one to tell them but the war in Iraq is punishment for tolerating a theocratic dictatorship...

 

Date Posted: 11/11/2007 11:02 PM ET
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I'm glad they're finally getting their just desserts, but it also makes me sad that it wasn't until they started picketting soldiers that most people took notice of them.  These evil people have been protesting at the funerals of gay men and anyone who died of AIDS for 20 years. 

Date Posted: 11/12/2007 1:43 PM ET
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Yes, Jeanne, that was among my first thoughts, too. But as I said, I'll be glad if they are forced out of "business".

Lyn, I hear you on the free speech issue. Evidently the jury decided that the family's right to privacy outweighed the free speech concerns. I wonder where the ACLU is on this? I just know I'm glad I wasn't on that jury, because I would have had a hard time coming to grips with the balance between frredom of speech and whether hate speech is protected.

 

Date Posted: 11/12/2007 11:31 PM ET
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There is a difference between free speech and hate/threatening speech.  Those people are evil and got what is coming to them. 

 

Date Posted: 11/13/2007 7:41 AM ET
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Wonder how they make this punishment reconcile with their beliefs.  

Date Posted: 11/13/2007 10:48 AM ET
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Julie, I'm sure they're feeling very persecuted right now, and feel like they're martyrs to their cause.

Date Posted: 11/13/2007 1:22 PM ET
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I'm certain, Jeanne, you are dead on with that assesment!