Soldier Funeral Protest Lawsuit Gets Green Light, With Some Subtractions

Westboro Baptists Headed To Court

Wacky homo-hating Westboro Baptists may face some earthly justice.

The Fred Phelps founded congregation has been smacked with a lawsuit stemming from a 2006 military funeral protest. Though a Kansas judge tossed the defamation aspect of the suit filed by Arnold Snyder, whose son died in Iraq, Westboro may be found guilty of “intentional inflict of emotional distress” and invasion of privacy.

One of the dismissed defamation suits involved whether or not calling someone gay can be called defamatory. The judge ruled that it wasn’t, nor are some of the zealous group’s other statements:

Comments posted on the church’s Web site that Snyder raised his son “for the devil” and taught his son how to “defy his Creator, to divorce and to commit adultery” did not defame the father because it was “not the kind of information that a reasonable person is going to assume was presented to be considered fact.”

Ain’t that the truth.

The judge reportedly got irked by Shirley Phelps Roper, whose self-defense invoked the Bible as testimony. The judge described the fallen soldier as “courageous” and will instruct the jury to decide whether the Baptists were protesting the war, “celebrating the death of a soldier” or just being party poopers. We think they’re just awful people who supplement their extreme social retardation with hateful attitudes and bad hair.

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  • GranDiva

    Mostly bad hair. And horrible clothes.

  • blueblueblue

    Queerty, thank you for stealing my photograph.

    This photograph of Shirley Phelps was taken off my flickr page, where it is clearly identified as copyrighted and ‘all rights reserved’ (unless Queerty stole it from someone else who had stolen it from me which I did not know about, but I doubt that).

    Just because Queerty is a blog and not a print publication does not mean that it is appropriate or legal for them to just steal people’s images and put them on their website.

    I really thought you were better than that Queerty…

  • blueblueblue

    (they took the photo down, and did find a perhaps even more appropriate photo for shirley phelps, but still, its sad that queerty doesn’t even ask for permission to use people’s photos… they should really know better)

  • Dawster

    well, i guess the Phelps clan isn’t the only whining bitches throwing temper tantrums for no apparent reason but their own self delusion of grandeur.

    it’s nice to know we can all stick together at a time like this.

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