By Wyatt Earp | March 30, 2010
Remember the Westboro Baptist Church? It’s the collection of scumbags, headed by Fred Phelps, who travel the country protesting funerals of our slain soldiers. They carry offensive signs and shout terrible things at the mourners in attendance.
Well, the Fourth Court of Appeals apparently thinks that this despicable organization has more rights than the father of a slain Marine.
The father of a Marine killed in Iraq and whose funeral was picketed by anti-gay protesters from Kansas was ordered to pay the protesters’ appeal costs, his lawyers said Monday.
On Friday, Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit ordered Snyder to pay $16,510 to Fred Phelps. Phelps is the leader of Topeka’s Westboro Baptist Church, which conducted protests at Marine Lance Cpl. Matthew Snyder’s funeral in 2006.
The two-page decision supplied by attorneys for Albert Snyder of York, Pa., offered no details on how the court came to its decision.
Lance Corporal Matthew Snyder is from nearby York, PA. His father is accepting donations to take the case to the Supreme Court. If you would like to help, you can do so by clicking here.
On April 1, Phelps and his fellow animals will be here in Philly, picketing outside Temple University from 6:45-7:30pm. That should be fun, since Temple is right in the middle of the ‘hood. If there’s any justice, the counter-protesters will outnumber them ten to one.