I'm not sure that this lawsuit has a shot in hell, but then again, there's always '12 idiots' to sit a jury somewhere.
Albert Snyder said Wednesday he had hoped for a private funeral for his son, Lance Cpl. Matthew Snyder.
"They turned this funeral into a media circus and they wanted to hurt my family," Snyder testified. "They wanted their message heard and they didn't care who they stepped over. My son should have been buried with dignity, not with a bunch of clowns outside."
Snyder is suing the Westboro Baptist church, whose members have picketed the funerals of military personnel killed in Iraq and Afghanistan, claiming the deaths are punishment for the country's tolerance of homosexuality. The York resident is seeking unspecified monetary damages in the case for invasion of privacy and intent to inflect emotional distress as a result of the Topeka, Kan., church's protest at his son's funeral in Westminster in March 2006. [link]
I personally believe that homosexuality is a sin; but I don't believe that tolerance of it is. G-d has told us to be tolerant and to 'love thy neighbor' and leave the judgment to Him. If the evil that is Westboro truly believed the spittle they hash out, they would sit quietly in the corner and wait on Noah to rebuild the ark. They use the excuse of punishment to decry what they don't believe in. If it stopped there, they'd be no different than any liberal protesting the war or any conservative protesting taxes. But they take it that one step further by intruding into the private lives of grieving families when those families need the prayers that actual church people would gladly give.
If you've read this blog before, you know how I feel for liberals and democrats in power; yet I would take Hillary and Obama any day before I would give this 'church' a kind word or thought.
Spree over at StoptheACLU has a good rant on this also (he uses bigger words heh)
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