“Thank God for dead soldiers” Cult Fined $10.8M
Posted by madcap on February 24, 2008
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Westboro Cult Slammed with $10.9M Fine for Funeral Protest
A fundamentalist Kansas “church” notorious for protesting at the funerals of troops killed in Iraq was ordered Wednesday to pay $10.9 million in damages to the father of a fallen Marine.
The Westboro Baptist Church believes that U.S. deaths in the Iraq war are punishment for the nation’s tolerance of homosexuality and appeared last year at the funeral for Marine Lance Cpl. Matthew Snyder, bearing signs that read: “Thank God for dead soldiers” and “God hates fags.”
A nine-member federal jury found members and three leaders of Westboro – Fred Phelps and his two daughters, Phelps-Roper and Rebekah Phelps-Davis – guilty for invasion of privacy and causing emotional distress.
The jury told the church to pay $2.9 million in compensatory damages and $8 million in punitive damages to the Marine’s father, Albert Snyder.
Snyder sobbed when he heard the verdict. Full Story: