October 31, 2007

Breaking: Jury Awards Family Whose Funeral Was Disrupted By Fred Phelps' Westboro Church $2.9 Million
— Ace

Sweet.

Alas, their assets consist solely of a $13,000 worth of hardcore gay pornography and six serpents they handle in their various rituals.

Update: The snakes, all male, say that Fred Phelps and family routinely molest them. They are also planning a lawsuit.

Posted by: Ace at 11:37 AM | Comments (22)
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1 Link is to google mail.

With regard to the content: seconded, this is sweet.

Posted by: leoncaruthers at October 31, 2007 11:42 AM (7iTO9)

2 Phelps == evil bastard.

And some of his kids, particularly his eldest daughter, are just as hateful and evil as he is.


Posted by: OregonMuse at October 31, 2007 11:55 AM (/JG26)

3

For a while, I wouldn't have been surprised at all if some of the Phelps gang ended up getting shot and killed by a relative driven insane by grief.  Thankfully, however, it looks like they will simply be litigated to death--and now there is legal precedent to back it up.


Couldn't have happened to a nicer bunch of douchebags.


Posted by: A Lock of Che Guevara's Chest Hair at October 31, 2007 12:01 PM (Sv9gh)

4 They are some of the worst Americans. I actually wish evil on them. Curse 'em. When Fred Phelps dies I'll do a fucking jig on his grave, videotape it, and send it to his children. Let's see how they like that.

Posted by: Dr. Chopper at October 31, 2007 12:08 PM (xvIpv)

5 Breaking: Jury Awards Family Whose Funeral Was Disrupted By Fred Phelps' Westboro Church $2.9 Million

Awesome!!!!!!

Fuck Fred Phelps and his band of lunatics.


Posted by: thebronze at October 31, 2007 12:08 PM (LfEK6)

6 We can see where Matthew got his gumption from. Good for his old man!


Posted by: Retread at October 31, 2007 12:35 PM (P/AfD)

7 Phelps may have achieved the unique position of being the most hated man in America.  Libs hate him because he's anti-gay -- and he doesn't hate the sin, he's nasty about hating the sinners.  Conservatives hate him because he disrupts military funerals (and generally disses the U.S.A. because the rest of us don't "hate fags" as much as he does).  I think he's more disliked than Bin Laden -- if only because even the moonbats who think Osama's a hero for fighting the Halliburton Imperialist Oil-Vampires still think Fred Phelps is a dick.

Posted by: Trimegistus at October 31, 2007 12:37 PM (xFUIO)

8 As utterly vile as the Phelpses are, I can't say I'm thrilled about outlawing what seems to be First Amendment-protected speech and backing the laws with multi-million dollar damages.

Posted by: JSinger at October 31, 2007 12:41 PM (EqFh0)

9 JSinger sez:
I can't say I'm thrilled about outlawing what seems to be First Amendment-protected speech.
The 1st Amendment prohibits THE F*CKING GOVERNMENT from restricting free speech.
That doesn't give every douchebag with an axe to grind the carte blanche privilege to crash a private, non-governmental event, such as a funeral.
Just as you don't have to let me have a protest march in your family room, the bereaved family is permitted to restrict who can attend their ceremony.
Courts have held that there can be protests within a certain distance (such as outside the Abortion Mills).

Posted by: Charliedoc at October 31, 2007 12:55 PM (XEK/0)

10 While no one in the U.S. deserves to be hit with this verdict more than Phelps and his church, I have to agree with JSinger that this may set up a dangerous precedent. Even if they were trespassing on private property, I don't see how they could have caused  2.9 million dollars worth of damage.

Posted by: Maetenloch at October 31, 2007 01:07 PM (mMHdc)

11 I get the still, boys. And the banjo. Keep your dirty dick-beaters of my fucking banjo...

Posted by: Jake the Snake at October 31, 2007 01:16 PM (/c1gr)

12 When ever someone people don't like says something uncomfortable and unpopular lets hit them with mutlimillion dollar judgements to bankrupt them and shut them up.  Hell yeah sign me up for the dangerous precedent award.  I don't mind maknig a law to keep them away from funerals and religious services but the million dollar judgements are absurd

Posted by: Susan at October 31, 2007 01:27 PM (lxFSZ)

13 > Libs hate him because he's anti-gay -- and he doesn't hate the sin, he's nasty about hating the sinners.

The Moby is strong in Fred Phelps. His Mobichlorian count is the highest ever recorded. Could he be the one the prophecy foretold, who will at last bring balance to the Pink Left and the Just Plain Red Left?


Posted by: The Chap in the Deerstalker Cap at October 31, 2007 01:30 PM (6Rtcj)

14 JSinger,

You make a fair point but I think the Republic will survive.  It worked against the Klan, maybe it will work against these fuckers.

Posted by: Drew at October 31, 2007 01:36 PM (hlYel)

15 The story doesn't say how much was actual damage and how much was punative. I hope they take every cent this 'church' has and find some way of ruining Phelps too.

The Klan was bankrupted about ten years ago with lawsuits. Not for their opinions but for incitements that led to deaths. Of course the Klan is back, on a very small scale, they just reform as a slightly differnt organization.

As several people pointed out this is not a free speech issue. The government didn't do one thing to stop Phelps from speaking.

Totally the reverse: it was Phelps and his gang that interfered with others.

Posted by: K at October 31, 2007 01:59 PM (LIGtI)

16

Serves the *sshats right.  The Phelps clan was causing trouble out Topeka way back in the early '90s when I spent a stint as a Kansas resident and even then, they were complete scumbags.


Like Capone, you knew it was only a matter of time before some how, some way, the legal system would fall on Fred like a ton of bricks.  That time is now.


Posted by: Additional Blond Agent at October 31, 2007 02:33 PM (PMGbu)

17 Well, I'd rather see them sentenced to the stocks for a week then deportation, but this should damage their finances and ability to act pretty significantly.

Posted by: Christopher Taylor at October 31, 2007 03:21 PM (hfyfI)

18

I understand JSinger's concern, but I think that this is a case where the speech has crossed the line to conduct--the public disruption of a private event for the express purpose of causing emotional harm.  In that case, the First Amendment doesn't apply at all.  So fuck 'em.


Posted by: A Lock of Che Guevara's Chest Hair at October 31, 2007 06:53 PM (T90Uj)

19 Yep, this is no more "free speech" than someone parading through your bedroom with a bullhorn at 4:00 AM is "free speech". A funeral is a private event, and most cemeteries are private property.


Posted by: Dead Career Sketch at November 01, 2007 04:00 AM (NdG3x)

20

Apparently the cult of the phelps are planning to come to Perth City, Western Australia to disrupt Heath Ledgers funeral and allready they're spouting revolting biblical abuse. They also sent a letter to Heaths parents telling them heaths in hell and they better heed phelps message or join him in hell......

Oooohhhh, They are in for a shock when (if) they get here.....Australians are much different to Americans....I dont know why the phelp whelps havent been beaten to death in america (or shot) but here in the lands down under.....We love to brawl.

I'm a Perth born dude, and I'm allready planning on contacting my ENTIRE kick-boxing crew, and I'll also stir up the aborigional gangs, and get the bikies and red-necks and we'll go and hunt down the entire cult of the whelps and beat them to death.

I'm polishing my martial arts sticks (made of Solid petrified wood) so I can hopefully get to fag fred first and crack his skull. Hopefully if Its made international news, you may even see me attack fred screaming "DIE PHELPS!!!!!! DIE MY DARLING!!!! TASTE THE DELICIOUS PAIN!!!!!!"

We can then sing "god hates fred phelps! and all his children"

and chant "Heath! Heath! Heath!! Heath!! Heath!!! Heath!!!"

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