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    This story makes me physically ill...

    I cannot believe that the grieving father of a US Marine is being asked to pay the court costs of a bunch of low-life protesters at the Marine's funeral.
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    The father of a Marine killed in Iraq whose funeral was picketed by anti-gay protesters told Fox News he will defy a court order and not pay the protesters' appeal costs.

    Albert Snyder, of York, Pa., told Fox News he does not intend to pay $16,510 to Fred Phelps, the leader of Kansas' Westboro Baptist Church, which held protests at Marine Lance Cpl. Matthew Snyder's funeral in 2006.

    "I don't think I'm going to be writing a check until I hear from the Supreme Court," Snyder told Fox News on Tuesday. "I'm not about to pay them anything."

    The Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit ordered Snyder on Friday to pay Phelps. A two-page decision supplied by his attorneys offered no details on how the court came to its decision.

    The decision adds "insult to injury," said Sean Summers, one of Snyder's attorneys.

    Snyder is also struggling to come up with fees associated with filing a brief with the U.S. Supreme Court, his attorneys said.

    The high court agreed to consider whether the protesters' message is protected by the First Amendment or limited by the competing privacy and religious rights of the mourners.

    A federal appeals court dismissed the suit on First Amendment grounds earlier this month and threw out a $5 million award against the protesters, some of whom carried signs that read "God Hates You" and "Thank God for Dead Soldiers."

    A funeral for the fallen Marline was held in March 2006 in Westminster, Md. Snyder, 20, died from a non-combat-related vehicle accident on March 3, 2006, while supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom.

    According to a Web site created in Snyder's honor, his relatives filed the civil lawsuit against the Westboro Baptist Church to "bring an end to the reign of terror and abuse that they inflicted" upon grieving families of U.S. soldiers killed in Iraq and Afghanistan.

    "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 one of dignity, and to use abuse and intimidation as a tool for preventing surviving family members from reaching closure over their loss," the Web site read.

    Cathy Menefee, Snyder's sister, told the Baltimore Sun in 2006 that her brother had an unwavering sense of responsibility that led to his decision to join the military.

    "It sounds so cliche, but he died doing what he wanted to do," Menefee told the paper. "He always wanted to be a Marine."

    The Associated Press contributed to this report.

    FOXNews.com - Marine's Father Will Not Pay Court-Ordered Funeral Protesters' Fees
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    I'd say what I'd love to do to that bunch but I'd probably put the moderators in a position where they would have to ban me.

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    Believe it or not Bill O'Reilly has stated that he will pay the man's court costs.

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    Our "justice system" at work.
    Prov. 27:3 - "Stone is heavy and sand a burden, but provocation by a fool is heavier than both"

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    Two things-
    1- He made a sacrifice that the vast majority of Americans don't have the intestinal fortitude to make. My younger brother is a Marine, just by joining that family of marines, soldiers, airmen and sailors makes him a hero and not deserving of the vile treatment these supposed Christians doled out.
    2- to think that God glories in the death of ANY of His children, sexual preference notwithstanding is blasphemy of the highest order. Remember that God loves all of us, saints and sinners alike.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jes View Post
    Believe it or not Bill O'Reilly has stated that he will pay the man's court costs.
    I can believe that.

    I saw this in the comments to that story (no idea if its true or not):

    "WBC came to Winthorst Texas to dishonor Sgt Gary Johnston's funeral. The patriot guard attended. On that 24 degree morning every road into town had a couple of pickups with cowboys sitting on the tailgates; they were looking for kansas plates. WBC didn't show up. THe next day (I was wearing my PGR patch) a person tapped me on the shoulder. She informed me that her husband was on the Wichita Falls police force and had grown up as Sgt Johnston's best friend. She then told me that the group had been arrested the night before at a hotel for disturbing the peace. They were not arraigned until after the funeral. No charges were pressed and they were released. The WBC wackos haven't been back to Texas. Sometimes the law does 'protect and serve'."

    Pretty clever. I hope other states will use this tactic (or just leave after the funeral and let the friends of the deceased deliver to this bunch of a-holes the @ss kicking they so richly deserve). I can't understand why Kansas lets this bunch stay in their state. There are ways to "persuade" them to leave (peaceful protests, not-so-peaceful protests, 1911s, Glocks, AR-15s, Molotov Cocktails, M2s, RPGs, etc).

    I just picture God looking down on these "humans" and saying "I got no part of this." Their own dogs probably bite them.

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    [QUOTE=SC Tiger;124874]

    I hope other states will use this tactic ( just leave after the funeral and let the friends of the deceased deliver to this bunch of a-holes the @ss kicking they so richly deserve).

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    I VOTE THIS.
    Americas Epitaph
    "Since they did not see fit to acknowledge God, He gave them up to a depraved mind, to do what should not be done"

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    [quote=Ringo;124894]
    Quote Originally Posted by SC Tiger View Post

    I hope other states will use this tactic ( just leave after the funeral and let the friends of the deceased deliver to this bunch of a-holes the @ss kicking they so richly deserve).

    /QUOTE]

    I VOTE THIS.
    Got my vote.
    Prov. 27:3 - "Stone is heavy and sand a burden, but provocation by a fool is heavier than both"

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    The Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit ordered Snyder on Friday to pay Phelps.

    The real story is the 3 ahole judges. These people need to be impeached.

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    Greatest quote from the comments section of this story (paraphrased as I can't remember it word for word):

    "The range of an M107 sniper rifle is 2000 yards. The protesters would be well advised to remember this."

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    Support for the Father forced to pay is growing..

    Support grows for dad of slain Marine told to pay Westboro Baptist Church, which cheered son's death

    The American Legion Website has an interesting poll...

    Veterans Organizations | The American Legion | Veterans Serving Veterans

    Should the father of slain Marine Lance Cpl. Matthew Snyder have to pay the legal fees for the Westboro Baptist Church?
    The Burn Pit, the American Legion Blog site has started to collect donations for the Snyder Family .

    Put yourself in his dad?s shoes BurnPit
    Semper Fi

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