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Freedom is not Free/Images

Posted by wordforit on March 5, 2008

h/t Freedom is not Free « MK’s Views – Down under on the right side

Freedom is not Free

Please read this, it costs you nothing to do so, because someone paid the ultimate sacrifice. Don’t just tune out or roll your eyes. Enjoy your freedom, but know why you are able to do so.

Warning – Some Graphic Images.

You will truly be touched by this amazing tribute to our nations military and men and women serving as contractors!

You stay up for 16 hours.
He stays up for days on end.

You take a warm shower to help you wake up.
He goes days or weeks without running water.

You complain of a “headache”, and call in sick.
He gets shot at as others are hit, and keeps moving forward.

You put on your anti war/don’t support the troops shirt, and go meet up with your friends.
He still fights for your right to wear that shirt.

You make sure you’re cell phone is in your pocket.
He clutches the cross hanging on his chain next to his dog tags.

You talk trash about your “buddies” that aren’t with you.
He knows he may not see some of his buddies again.

You walk down the beach, staring at all the pretty girls.
He patrols the streets, searching for insurgents and terrorists.

You complain about how hot it is.
He wears his heavy gear, not daring to take off his helmet to wipe his brow.

You go out to lunch, and complain because the restaurant got your order wrong.
He doesn’t get to eat today.

Your maid makes your bed and washes your clothes.
He wears the same things for weeks, but makes sure his weapons are clean.

You go to the mall and get your hair redone.
He doesn’t have time to brush his teeth today.

You’re angry because your class ran 5 minutes over.
He’s told he will be held over an extra 2 months.

You call your girlfriend and set a date for tonight.
He waits for the mail to see if there is a letter from home.

You hug and kiss your girlfriend, like you do everyday.
He holds his letter close and smells his love’s perfume.

You roll your eyes as a baby cries.
He gets a letter with pictures of his new child, and wonders if they’ll ever meet.

You criticize your government, and say that war never solves anything.
He sees the innocent tortured and killed by their own people and remembers why he is fighting.

You hear the jokes about the war, and make fun of men like him.
He hears the gunfire, bombs and screams of the wounded.

You see only what the media wants you to see.
He sees the broken bodies lying around him.

You are asked to go to the store by your parents. You don’t.
He does exactly what he is told even if it puts his life in danger.

You stay at home and watch TV.
He takes whatever time he is given to call, write home, sleep, and eat.

You crawl into your soft bed, with down pillows, and get comfortable.
He tries to sleep but gets woken by mortars and helicopters all night long.

If you support your troops, pass this on.

If you don’t support those supporting us, then don’t re-post. You won’t die in 7 days, your love life won’t be affected, and you won’t have the worst day ever. You don’t have to repost. It’s not like you know these men and women are dying to preserve your rights.

Sourced with thanks from Freedom is not Free & The Freedom Fighter’s Journal.

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Father Wins Lawsuit Against Church, continued

Posted by wordforit on November 1, 2007

continued from part one… (new window)

“This was in a public space,” Graber said “While the actions are reprehensible, the First Amendment protects a lot that’s reprehensible.”<

After the verdict, Phelps and his two daughters named in Snyder’s lawsuit said they believed that it was really their religious beliefs that were on trial.

“The goofy jury threw a fit at God,” Phelps said.

For years, Westboro members have crisscrossed the country, turning somber funerals of soldiers from Iraq and Afghanistan into attention-grabbing platforms to criticize homosexuals as immoral and damned. The church’s 75-member congregation is composed mainly of Phelps’ relatives.

The group also blames disasters, including Hurricane Katrina, the Sept. 11 attacks and AIDS, on what it views as permissive morals in violation of biblical dictates.

Alarmed by Westboro protests, at least 22 states have proposed or enacted laws to limit the rights of protesters at funerals. Only months after Matthew Snyder’s death, Maryland passed a law prohibiting targeted picketing within 300 feet of a funeral, burial, memorial service or funeral procession.

The courtroom fight came down to whether Westboro had a legal right to demonstrate at Snyder’s funeral or whether the protesters crossed the line because their message impugned the grieving family’s reputation and unlawfully invaded the Snyders’ privacy.

The Marine’s father, a 52-year-old who lives in York, Pa., sued the church and three of its members, founder Phelps and two of his daughters, Rebecca Phelps-Davis and Shirley Phelps-Roper.

For Snyder’s claim of invasion of privacy to have succeeded, the jury needed to conclude that the church’s actions at the funeral — and later, in an Internet posting about Matthew Snyder on its Web site — were “highly offensive to a reasonable person,” according to the jury instructions.

Albert Snyder also contended that the church’s actions were an intentional infliction of emotional distress. Under the law, to find in favor of Snyder, the five women and four men of the jury needed to find that the church’s conduct was “intentional or reckless.”

Jury instructions also required that the conduct be “extreme and outrageous,” leading to severe emotional distress.

“You must balance the defendants’ expression of religious belief with another citizen’s right to privacy,” U.S. District Judge Richard D. Bennett instructed jurors Tuesday.

The weeklong trial brought together Snyder and his family and the progeny of Phelps, a retired attorney.

In the courtroom, the Phelps family dressed plainly, its women with long hair and no makeup. In testimony, they stood steadfast to their beliefs and did not apologize for their conduct.

Often overcome by emotion, Albert Snyder sat in shirtsleeves and flanked by his attorneys. When the videos made of the protest at his son’s funeral were played for jurors during closing arguments, he wept.

During his testimony last week, Snyder told jurors that he was clinically depressed and that the sight of the protest at the funeral made him physically ill.

Fred Phelps took the stand after Snyder, testifying that he had not considered whether children would see a sign carried by protesters with the words “Semper Fi Fags” and two stick figures that appeared to be engaged in sodomy, according to the Associated Press.

Three adults and four children picketed the March 10, 2006, funeral at St. John Roman Catholic Church in Westminster. Westboro members insisted that their demonstration, about 1,000 feet from the Catholic church, took place legally.

In closing arguments, the attorneys sparred over the nature of the protest and whether the demonstrators’ “speech” is protected by the Constitution.

Sean E. Summers, one of Snyder’s attorneys, said Westboro members personally targeted the family because they brought Marine-specific signs to their rally at the funeral and had researched and posted Albert Snyder’s marital history on their Web site in an essay titled “The Burden of Lance. Cpl. Matthew Snyder.”

But Westboro attorney Jonathan Katz argued that the protest was no different from thousands of others. Nothing about the demonstration was so offensive or damaging, he said, as to rise to the level of a libelous attack on the family, individually.

Protests by Westboro have produced so much negative reaction that members routinely tell local police departments of their plans so that they can provide added security.

The defendants staged a protest on Pratt Street near the federal courthouse at noontime Wednesday, before the verdict was announced.

Counter protests often follow, and groups such as the Patriot Guard have cropped up to try to shield families from Westboro members’ controversial signs and songs.

What sometimes took a back seat in the federal free-speech trial was the life and death of Matthew A. Snyder, a 2003 graduate of Westminster High School. A victim of a vehicle accident in Anbar province in March 2006, the 20-year-old had been in the war zone for less than a month.

Snyder’s sexual preference was not an issue at the trial; his father said his son was not gay. Church members said they did not target Snyder’s funeral because of his sexual preference; they were there to oppose gays in the military.

They said they waved placards — “Thank God for IEDs” and “Fag Troops” among others — near the funeral motorcade to bring attention to their message.

Snyder testified that he never saw the content of the signs as he entered and left St. John’s on the day of his son’s funeral. He read the signs for the first time during television news reports later that day.

A Google search on the Internet weeks later led him to the church’s Web site and the posting about Matthew Snyder.

In arguing for punitive damages after the jury ruled in favor of Snyder, attorney Craig T. Trebilcock urged jurors to “deter [Westboro] from ever doing this to another family again.”

“These are malicious people,” he said. “These are stone-hearted people. They were celebrants of Matt Snyder’s death.”

Katz, the defendants’ attorney, urged jurors to “look dispassionately” at Westboro’s financial status in awarding punitive damages.

He said Fred Phelps is an unpaid pastor, Rebecca Phelps-Davis is a low-paid attorney at the Phelps law firm and that Shirley Phelps- Roper is a part-time law firm employee and mother of 11 children.

As for the church, Katz said, its only income is generated by meager tithings from congregants, many of whom are children or unemployed.

Trebilcock told jurors that they did not have to believe the Phelpses’ financial disclosures — pointing out that Rebecca Phelps- Davis reported just $306 in liquid assets.

Earlier in the trial, the Phelpses testified that they spent $400 apiece on plane tickets to get to Snyder’s funeral. And Shirley Phelps-Roper eagerly showed off her iPhone to reporters, which she said was a birthday gift from her children.

Summers, an attorney for Snyder, said after the verdict that the lawsuit was not about money, it was about stopping Westboro.

Summers said he was ready and waiting for the appeal. “We will chase them until they have nothing left.”

mathew.dolan@baltsun.com

julie.bykowicz@baltsun.com

Liz F. Kay contributed to this article.

www.baltimoresun.com/news/local/bal-westboro1031,0,7191706.story?coll=bal-harford-storyutil

Copyright © 2007, The Baltimore Sun

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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.

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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

Baltimore Sun

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.

Continued…

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