Father Wins Lawsuit Against Church
Posted by wordforit on November 1, 2007
The article below is indicative as to why there is so much dissension in the realm of “religious doctrine”. If this church family (thank God there are ‘only’ 75 in membership) were the sole impression from the outside looking in, I would not want to be associated. The lunacy of anyone picketing in this manner and claiming to be under the banner of Jesus is the worst I have ever seen and makes it more difficult for those of us who truly have the love of Jesus Christ and want to share it with others.
I saw the churchs’ website several months ago but did not take it seriously. I never knew or thought they were capable of going to such extremes. I am not saying they are wrong in the actual technical biblical doctrine, but the language and activity they impose is Whacked! It would be difficult to pinpoint one sin as the cause of an entire country’s problems; God knows the seen and the unseen sin! What these people are doing is wrong on any level!
2 Peter 1: 5-7~ 5 For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; 6 and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; 7 and to godliness, brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness, love.
I also do not know why so many quote only Leviticus as the scripture that speaks against homosexuality. Several verses in the New Testament speak against same-sex relationships. Why do we make unclear that which is clear and strive to “de-clarify” that which is clear?
1Corinthians 6:9-10~ 9“Do you not know that the wicked will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor male prostitutes nor homosexual offenders 10 nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God.”
Romans 1:24-28~24“Therefore God gave them over in the sinful desires of their hearts to sexual impurity for the degrading of their bodies with one another. 25They exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshiped and served created things rather than the Creator-who is forever praised. Amen.
26Because of this, God gave them over to shameful lusts. Even their women exchanged natural relations for unnatural ones. 27In the same way the men also abandoned natural relations with women and were inflamed with lust for one another. Men committed indecent acts with other men, and received in themselves the due penalty for their perversion.
28Furthermore, since they did not think it worthwhile to retain the knowledge of God, he gave them over to a depraved mind, to do what ought not to be done.”
It is beyond this writer to fathom how the Phelps family justifies going to a funeral, screaming and proclaiming how much God hates us.
God hates sin, not the sinner and we can get so far from Him that He turns away, but it grieves His heart because He loves us, none-the-less.
Conversely, make no mistake about the wrath of God…
The following does not exemplify Christianity.
Man Wins Against Funeral Protesters
Father of slain Marine awarded nearly $11 million dollars in compensatory, punitive damages
By Matthew Dolan and Julie Bykowicz~ Sun Reporters
A Baltimore federal jury awarded nearly $11 million Wednesday to the father of a Marine killed in Iraq, deciding that the family’s privacy had been invaded by a Kansas church whose members waved anti-gay signs at the funeral.
It was the first-ever verdict against Westboro Baptist Church, a fundamentalist Christian group based in Topeka that has protested military funerals across the country with placards bearing shock-value messages such as “Thank God for dead soldiers.”
They contend that the deaths are punishment for America’s tolerance of homosexuality and of gays in the military.
Relatives of Lance Cpl. Matthew Snyder wept and hugged at the jury’s announcement, which came a day after closing arguments in the civil trial in federal district court.
“Now I know it’s going to be harder for them to do it to anyone else,” said Albert Snyder, who mourned at his son’s funeral in March 2006 while seven Westboro members waved signs nearby.
The compensatory damage award alone, $2.9 million, was nearly triple the net worth of Westboro and the three members on trial, their attorney said.
Fred W. Phelps Sr., Westboro’s founder, vowed to appeal to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit, in Richmond, Va.
“It’s going to be reversed in five minutes,” he said. This case, he added, “will elevate me to something important,” as it draws more publicity to his cause.
The jury found the defendants liable for violating the Snyder family’s expectation of privacy at the funeral and for intentionally inflicting emotional distress.
Snyder’s lawsuit spurred a constitutional debate over how far the First Amendment should extend to protect the most extreme forms of expression.
Some legal experts said the judgment could be a setback for those who believe in broad free-speech protections.
“I think when speech is a matter of public concern it still has to be protected, even when by social standards it is extraordinarily rude and outrageous,” said UCLA law professor Eugene Volokh.
University of Maryland law professor Mark Graber said the size of award, which included $8 million in punitive damages, could have a chilling effect on speech.