Wednesday :: Oct 31, 2007
Punishing Despicable Behavior
Justice be done:
A grieving father won a $2.9 million verdict Wednesday against a fundamentalist Kansas church that pickets military funerals out of a belief that the war in Iraq is a punishment for the nation's tolerance of homosexuality.
Albert Snyder of York, Pa., sued the Westboro Baptist Church for unspecified damages after members staged a demonstration at the March 2006 funeral of his son, Lance Cpl. Matthew Snyder, who was killed in Iraq.
Church members routinely picket funerals of military personnel killed in Iraq and Afghanistan, carrying signs such as "Thank God for dead soldiers" and "God hates fags."
I'm now waiting for the trolls to criticize this verdict.
Update: The jury threw in another $6 million in punitive and $2 million in emotional distress damages on top of this.