Tuesday, November 06, 2007
I’m truly surprised this hasn’t happened before. Fred Phelps and his degenerate family have just been slapped with a judgment of almost $11,000,000 as a result of a protest they held at the funeral of a soldier killed in Iraq. It seems that the jury didn’t by the free speech argument, and believed the dead soldier’s father when he claimed the groups’ vile anti-gay protest had in fact caused him emotional distress. Of course, Phelps doesn’t have anywhere close to that kind of cash, but his church and all of its assets could be seized in order to satisfy the judgment. I would guess that Phelps will appeal the judgment, and may succeed in getting the amount reduced. If not, you can expect him to continue his perverse crusade with a more limited budget, and hopefully with a reduced presence around the country.