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Picketing a Soldier’s Funeral and Adding Insult to Injury


Remember back in 2006 when there were some folks protesting at the funerals of soldiers?  No, they weren’t protesting the war.  Folks associated with Westboro Baptist Church in Topeka Kansas (I’m not linking to their website – not driving traffic there for one and I find their website title distasteful above all) picketed the funeral carrying signs that proclaimed “God hates fa**” among other things.  One family fought back and filed a civil lawsuit against the church.  From their website:

The family of Lance Corporal Matthew Snyder, US Marine Corps, has begun this civil lawsuit* against Mr. Phelps and certain members of the so-called Westboro Baptist Church to bring an end to the reign of terror and abuse that they inflicted upon the grieving families of US service members killed in defense of our nation. Using innocent children to deliver their twisted message of hatred and fear, the defendants in this suit have sought to attack the memory of our departed heroes, to strip their loved ones of their dignity, and to use abuse and intimidation as a tool for preventing surviving family members from reaching closure over their loss.

The family won, but the church filed an appeal.  The Appeals Court sided with the church, however, and now the Snyder family has been ordered to pay their legal fees to the tune of more than $16,000.  The reports out there say that the family is having a hard time coming up with the money.  They have a spot on their website where you can donate.

I get the right to free speech and while I don’t know that I think passing a law to make protesting at funerals illegal is the right way to address the issue, I do think this is still wrong on many levels.

The things people do in Jesus’ name….

2 thoughts on “Picketing a Soldier’s Funeral and Adding Insult to Injury

  1. I know we are not supposed to judge a persons heart, but I have HUGE doubts about this groups ‘Christianity’…..their website (I was curious) is just plain evil. Thanks for posting the info on the Snyders, they will be in our prayers.

    • Well…the statement is “Good and Godly Christians disagree.” In this case I think I’m safe in saying the group is neither good or Godly.