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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”

  1. Darwinfish says:

    You want a better solution more fit for the 21st century? Education. Lift people of of the crap they live in and they’re more likely to be able to think for themselves and make reasoned decisions.

  2. MetallipandA says:

    Thank FSM For this, Was about time to stop this fkers

  3. Xink says:

    I’m a little torn on this. I mean, I don’t agree with what this church is preaching, but still, it’s their RIGHT to preach it. There shouldn’t be any exceptions for this rule, should there?

  4. Darwinfish says:

    @Xink…
    Whether it is their right to spew this crap is up for debate (hence, this thread). Yes, there should be exceptions to the rule. While it’s not illegal to call your boss a snivelling whining milquetost, you do so at risk of being fired. You can call Bush a dumass all you want, but you call Bush a dumbass to his face and then go on to talk about his mother, his dog, and his foreign policy, and you’ll be escorted out. If you published “Bush Eats Babies” pamphlets you could be tried for slander. But yelling “you’re going to hell” at the funeral of a dead soldier pushes it into the realm of the seriously offensive. In fact, it could be argued that it constitutes a hate crime.
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    Quite often free speech is taken to mean you can say anything with no consequences. All it means is that you can speak out against the government without being taken out by the FBI. It is a great right and central to our nation, but sometimes it is taken too far. It was not meant to sheild hateful gits.

  5. PastaMason says:

    The most important thing about freedom is the freedom to be responsible for your words and actions.
    Most people forget that part and start crying when they are faced with it.

  6. CatholicLiberal says:

    I took this off the site:
    “Thank you america! You propped up the pudgy-faced God hater to carry your water for you, with the stated goal of bankrupting WBC so we can’t preach! Guess what? In less than 24 hours our words have been spread to every corner of the earth via media outlets we couldn’t PAY to publish our message. Yes indeed, there are the words, in bright, bold color every place you look, in every corner of the earth. We would have paid $10.9 billion for that kind of coverage! ”
    Grr.

  7. CatholicLiberal says:

    Someone should tell them to read Matthew Chapter 23. “Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You shut the kingdom of heaven in men’s faces.” That was Jesus, talking about people who judge.
    They are obviously picking and choosing which parts of the bible they want to pay attention to.

  8. storm petrel says:

    Have you ever met a fundie who didn’t?

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