The “emotional distress” case against the Westboro Baptist Church began in Baltimore today. Grieving father Arnold Snyder filed the suit against Fred Phelps’ crew after they picketed his soldier son’s funeral. The original lawsuit accused WBC of “intentionally causing emotional distress,” invasion of privacy and defamation. The latter’s since been tossed.
Opening the case today, Shirley Phelps-Roper said that God himself instructed her and her unsavory ilk to protest funerals with signs reading “God Hates Fags” and “Thank God For Dead Soldiers”. It’s been a while since we saw God last, but we remember “him” being pretty stylish and we can’t imagine such a divine creature would hire Phelps-Roper to be his earthly representative. We could be wrong.
Phelps-Roper also says her brood stayed out of sight and in a cop-approved area. Snyder’s lawyer, however, claims his client knew about the protest, which traumatized him. He’s been struck by diabetic complications ever since. Phelps-Roper blamed that on God, too.
Psych! She didn’t, but we bet she thought it, just like she thought about ruining Snyder’s saddest day