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Hate church fined $10.9 million

Published November 1st, 2007 by Bobby Henderson

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The church behind the hate-protest of a Marine’s funeral last year has been told to pay $10.9 Million.

Last year they caused outrage when they attended the funeral of Matthew Snyder with signs reading “Thank God for dead soldiers” and “You’re going to hell”.

On Wednesday, the jury ordered the church and three of its leaders to pay $2.9m in compensatory damages, and an additional $8m for invasion of privacy and for causing emotional distress.

This is the group behind the “God Hates Fags” campaign, as well.

This is my favorite part:

The church cited its constitutional right to free speech in its defence.

You can say whatever you want, but you can be held responsible for the consequences of what you say. Like, for example, if you bring a hate-parade to a Marine’s funeral and scar his family for life.

It makes me happy that the Church of FSM is tolerant and rejects action of hate.

Here is the link.



138 Responses to “Hate church fined $10.9 million”

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  1. Wench Nikkiee says:

    Yep! :) Round of applause!

  2. Alchemist says:

    It’s good news but also a bit of a worry.
    Westboro are a hate group but this could be used as precedent for other demonstrations.

  3. pile-o-pasta says:

    thats too funny

  4. Wench Nikkiee says:

    Yep….that’s definitely a possibility. How or where will *they* draw the “hate speech” line?

  5. Wench Nikkiee says:

    “On Wednesday, the jury ordered the church and three of its leaders to pay $2.9m in compensatory damages, and an additional $8m for invasion of privacy and for causing emotional distress.”
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    Though it seems most of the award was for invasion of privacy.

  6. Alchemist says:

    It’s the “emotional distress” part that worries me.

  7. ۞ says:

    In short.
    Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha.
    Serves you right you for being so nasty.
    .
    In another success for secularism, a magistrate in the UK was told his religion wasn’t discriminated against when told he would have to place children with gay couples for adoption.
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    http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/england/south_yorkshire/7071050.stm

  8. ۞ says:

    Yes it could be a precedent, but then again I don’t want anyone to hijack someones funeral as a political protest.
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    That wouldn’t be fair on the family of the deceased.
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    Go protest somewhere else.

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