Thursday, November 1, 2007

Revvvvvv. Fred Phelps, cough up $11 million

The bigoted Kansas pastor and purveyor of "homo-hate," who leads members of his family-heavy Westboro Baptist Church in picketing at funerals of servicemen, claiming the deaths are God’s judgment for our tolerance of gays, has just seen his church lose an $11 million lawsuit.

Albert Snyder of York, Pa., the father of Marine Lance Cpl. Matthew Snyder, sued Westboro in federal court for its picketing at the March 2006 funeral of his son.

Per the wire story, jury first awarded $2.9 million in compensatory damages. It then awarded $6 million in punitive damages for invasion of privacy and $2 million for emotional distress. Also, Phelps and his two daughters, Shirley Phelps-Roper and Rebekah Phelps-Davis, were found liable for invasion of privacy and intent to inflict emotional distress.

Oh, and Phelps family? Tough shit if your church ain't got $11 mil. The church building is a seizable asset, too.