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    American Injustice Against Marine Family

    American Injustice Against Marine Family...

    Step up and express your outrage over this to the President (Acting President), Speaker of the House, and the Senate Majority Leader, your two U.S. Senators & Representative in the U.S. House of Representatives and the media and the Supreme Court (whom unbeknown to many can issue opinions without a case)...

    Obviously this hits pretty close to home for myself; as these young men & fellow Marines served as I did & several of my kids did in Operation Iraqi Freedom unfortunately these young Marines died there as many other good Marines did.

    At age 20, Marine Lance Corporal Justin M. Ellsworth gave the ultimate sacrifice November 13, 2004 serving during Operation Iraqi Freedom...

    At age 20, Marine Lance Corporal Matthew A. Snyder died March 03, 2006 serving during Operation Iraqi Freedom...

    His family was rewarded by a Anti-War Demonstration & public humiliation at his funeral by a left-wing religious group that was publicized world wide via the A.P...

    I don't often find anything worth sharing from CNN, but I have to make an exception herein...

    Court ruling on Marine dad is shameful

    By John Ellsworth, Special to CNN
    April 1, 2010 8:17 a.m. EDT

    Editor's note: John Ellsworth's son, Marine Lance Cpl. Justin M. Ellsworth, died in November, 2004, as a result of enemy action in Al Anbar Province, Iraq. John Ellsworth is a command sergeant in the Wolverine Lake Police Department in Michigan. His lawsuit with Yahoo! to recover his son's wartime e-mails made headlines in January and February of 2005. He is one of the founding members and chairman of Families United, a nonprofit organization that honors the fallen in war and supports their families.

    (CNN) -- The recent ruling of a federal appeals court requiring the family of fallen hero Lance Cpl. Matthew Snyder to pay the legal expenses of Fred Phelps and his misguided followers at Westboro Baptist Church is unconscionable.

    Like Matthew's father, Albert, I am all too familiar with the hardships associated with losing a son in combat, having lost my son Justin in 2004. It is a tragedy that the thanks given the Snyder family in return for the life of their son is a court order to repay the legal expenses of the hate group that protested at his funeral with signs such as "thank God for dead soldiers."

    Beyond simply insulting though, this decision by the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals is a slap in the face for every Gold Star family that has lost a loved one in combat. It also represents an egregious misuse of the judicial system; one that sets a dangerous precedent for how the memory of our fallen heroes will be treated. The Supreme Court should immediately move forward with this case and stand up for those who have stood in the face of danger for all Americans.

    The legal maneuvers that brought Albert Snyder and his family to this point are enough to make any American shake his or her head in disgust. After Snyder lost his life in 2006, Fred Phelps and his followers showed up at his funeral to spread their message of hate.

    Mind you, they didn't know Matthew, and thus had no understanding of the enormous sense of loss his family was feeling; they simply decided that the Snyder family's vulnerability presented an easy platform for their own agenda.

    To his credit, Albert Snyder sued the group and won an $11 million judgment against them. However, that award was reduced to $5 million on one appeal and overturned altogether this week by the appeals court.
    In fact, not only did the court overturn the original ruling, but it decided to add to the pain and suffering of the Snyder family by imposing more than $16,000 of court fees. Perhaps the judges had forgotten that without the sacrifices of brave soldiers and their families, the American judicial system would have been a long-distant memory.

    Beyond the inherent injustice of the court's decision is the message it sends to the thousands of families around the country that have received a tightly wrapped flag and heard the words, "On behalf of a grateful nation ..."

    When the Snyder family sued to protect the common decency we should provide to all grieving families, their efforts were met with court orders to pay the legal bills of those who caused their family so much needless pain.

    Surely, this is not the kind of thing that Lance Cpl. Snyder or my son, Justin, gave their lives to protect. Has our nation learned nothing from our treatment of returning Vietnam veterans? What would have been the reaction to Fred Phelps and his repugnant actions during World War II? Our veterans and the families of those who didn't return deserve better than this.

    Looking ahead, as engagements in Afghanistan draw on and our soldiers answer the call to defend freedom around the world, this case could have a dangerous effect on morale and willingness to serve.
    It is time for the Supreme Court to take up this case, not only for families like Albert Snyder but for the families who will bear the ultimate price of freedom in the future. The justices should strike down the ruling of the Virginia court that brushed aside the sacrifice of Lance Cpl. Snyder and restore common sense and basic decency to the way we honor our fallen heroes.

    Snyder fought on behalf of all of us, and now his father fights on his behalf. I can only hope that the Supreme Court will restore some measure of justice and dignity to a family so richly deserving of the best the United State has to offer.

    The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of John Ellsworth.

    Court ruling on Marine dad is shameful -

    Marine Lance Cpl. Justin M. Ellsworth - Honor The Fallen - Honoring those who fought and died in Iraq and Afghanistan -

    "The people never give up their liberties, but under some delusion." - Edmund Burke

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    I believe that Bill O'Reilly is going to pay the court costs for this family.
    Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn't pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same. - Ronald Reagan

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    Quote Originally Posted by MADnMO View Post
    I believe that Bill O'Reilly is going to pay the court costs for this family.
    Yeah, I heard him say that the other nite. Good on him. I'll say this for O'Reilly: I don't always agree with him but he seems to do a helluva lot of charity work. He claims all the proceeds from his "stuff" on the website goes to charity.

    As for this, this is outrageous. I know violence is not always the answer, but sometimes it is, and the Phelps clan needs to have a can of "whoop ass" opened on 'em.
    Prov. 27:3 - "Stone is heavy and sand a burden, but provocation by a fool is heavier than both"

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    To be a Christian means to strive to be Christ-like. Fred Phelps and his misguided followers at Westboro Baptist Church are not exhibiting Christ-like behavior and they certainly aren't practicing the Golden Rule. My heart goes out to the families of our fallen heroes. They are in enough pain and noone has the right to compound it.
    Conservative Wife & Mom -- I'm a Conservative Christian-American with dual citizenship...the Kingdom of God is my 1st home and the U.S.A. is my 2nd.

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