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09/25/2009

Reversal of (un)fortun(at)e: Karma bill now only one that WBC owes

by Jeremy Hooper

As much as it pains us to say: We actually agree with this ruling:

A federal appeals court reversed a $5 million judgment (originally an $11 million judgment, which was reduced) against Fred Phelps' Westboro Baptist Church, ruling that the church's protest outside the funeral of an Iraq veteran was free speech
Free Speech: Court Reverses $5 Million Ruling Against Gay, Jew, and Soldier-Hating Westboro Baptist Church Protect [Towleroad

We went on record when this judgment first came down, saying that it was flawed. And we still believe it almost two years later. Just because the unbelievably offensive Westboro is our nation's most disturbing example of free speech, that is not enough a reason to apply a legal double standard. If we want to say this, freely, fairly, and parodically...

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...then we have to let them suck in public, just as long as they stay within the parameters of law.

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So they don't owe anything? Now on one hand I agree we have to protect their free speech as much as we hate them but this was a bloody foolish ruling. They violated the law SOMEHOW and should have to have at least paid the $5 million for pain and suffering. OUR side would have to...

Posted by: Jake | Sep 25, 2009 8:08:00 PM

I wonder if Bush appointed the judges responsible for this being overturned.

Posted by: libhomo | Sep 27, 2009 4:06:31 PM

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