Hate church fined $10.9 million

Published November 1st, 2007 by Bobby Henderson


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. Pirate Bard says:

    I may be wrong about this, but:
    1. They protest a the funerals of fallen soldiers with signs that say “Thank God for dead soldiers” and “God hates fags”.
    2. Implying (whether it is their intent or not) that the soldier whose funeral they are protesting is gay, or that someone at the funeral is gay.

    If indeed it is NOT the case that said soldier or family is homosexual, doesn’t that directly fall under the laws of “Slander” or “Libel”?? Protesting is one thing, but publicly calling someone a derogatory term (which “fag” is) when they in fact are not, is slander, isn’t it?

    If that’s not the case (which I suppose it may not be because they’ve never been sued for that), then unfortunately they do have the right to protest… On PUBLIC property.

    However, it also means that other people have the right to counter-protest.

    If they ever come to my town I’ll be making signs that look EXACTLY like theirs except that mine will say things like “God LOVES GAYS,” and “We contradict ourselves!” “We don’t speak for God” and “We’re Idiots”… and then stand directly among them with as many friends as possible holding the signs. Saying nothing. Doing nothing. Just standing there among them, making them look ridiculous for having contradictory signs.

    Oh, and I’d be sure to have several other friends recording the whole thing so that we cannot be blamed if they start anything.

    That’s how I would choose to peacefully combat this kind of idiocy.

  2. Len Guini says:

    I see a lot of people in here saying that forcing these people to pay violates their right to free speech. This is not true. The right to free speech means that the government connot arrest, or in anyway perscute, you for saying what you want to say. This means that you cannot be taken to Criminal Court. You can still be taken to Civil court, as these people were.

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