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If you are a veteran, active military, reseves or guard, PLEASE WATCH THE VIDIO at the following link!  Just click on it and it will take you there!http://www.killsometime.com/video/video.asp?ID=497
 
Marine's Father Sues Funeral Protesters
|  June 06, 2006
GREENBELT, Md. - The father of a Marine whose funeral was picketed by anti-gay protesters from a fundamentalist Kansas church filed an invasion-of-privacy suit against the demonstrators Monday.

It is believed to be the first lawsuit brought by a serviceman's family against Westboro Baptist Church of Topeka, Kan., whose members routinely demonstrate at military funerals around the country.

Albert Snyder of York, Pa., the father of Lance Cpl. Matthew A. Snyder, is seeking unspecified damages. The younger Snyder, 20, died March 3 after an accident in the Anbar province of Iraq. He was buried in Westminster, Md.

"We think it's a case we can win because anyone's funeral is private," Albert Snyder's lawyer Sean Summers said. "You don't have a right to interrupt someone's private funeral."

After filing the suit, Snyder said at a news conference that he hoped a hefty judgment would leave the church members unable to afford travel for more protests.

"I want it to stop," he said of the protests. "I didn't know there were people in the world who did that."

Members of Westboro say the military deaths in Iraq are God's punishment for America's tolerance of gays. They typically carry signs with slogans such as "God Hates Fags" and "Thank God for IEDs," a reference to the roadside bombs used by insurgents.

The church has inspired dozens of state laws banning funeral protests, including a Maryland law that did not go into effect until after Snyder's memorial.

Shirley Phelps-Roper, a spokeswoman for the small congregation, said it is the first time Westboro has been sued by a Soldier's family.

"We were exercising our First Amendment rights," she said.

 

 
 

As many of you are aware, protesters are showing up at our fallen hero's funerals across the nation. Saturday, March 25, 2006 a fallen hero will be laid to rest in Maine. Protesters have promised to be at his funeral holding signs like the ones above.
 
Several states have enacted laws banning these protests, with varried new laws.
 
Your webmaster is pushing for the herinafter law for Massachusetts. Several representative have signed on to sponsor my bill.
 
YOU should consider pushing for a similar law in YOUR state. Don't wait until they come to your neck of the woods, it will be to late then.
 
Now, I and you fought for the right of free speech, but this IS NOT free speech when they torment the family of a fallen hero!
 
If you live in Massachusetts, PLEASE call your state representitive and demand he/she support my new law.
 
My proposed new law follows:
 

HELP US!

 

AN ACT RELATIVE TO MILITARY FUNERAL DISTURBANCES

 

If you live in Massachusetts, PLEASE contact your state representative and ask them to support the following:

 

Section 1. Chapter 272 of the General Laws is hereby amended by inserting, after section 42A, the following section:~

 

Section 42B. Whoever willfully creates an interruption or disturbance within 500 feet of an assembly of people meeting for a military funeral or memorial service or a military funeral procession or burial, shall be punished by imprisonment in a jail or house of correction for up to 2 years or by a fine of up to $2,000 or by both such imprisonment and fine.

 

For further information please contact: David J. Curtin at emu135th@verizon.net

 

This new law is being sponsored by Representative Robert J. Nyman at the request of David J. Curtin and Brian Martin of the Abington V.F.W. “Old Town Post” 5737

 

MILITARY FUNERAL DISORDERLY CONDUCT UPDATE 03:  H.R. 5037

 

 The Respect for America’s Fallen Heroes Act, was introduced in the Congress on 29 MAR by Rep. Mike Rogers (R-MI), along with 46 co-sponsors from both parties. If signed into law, H.R. 5037 would complement similar legislation that has been proposed or passed in almost two dozen states that creates buffer zones around state cemeteries. Specifically, H.R. 5037 would ban all demonstrations one hour before, during, and one hour after a military funeral at a national cemetery.  It would impose a 500-foot separation restriction, and would allow for fines and/or jail time for violations. It also encourages the states to enact similar bans for public and private cemeteries, as well for funeral home services. Both federal and state legislators are specifically targeting Rev. Fred Phelps from the Westboro Baptist Church in Topeka, Kan. Phelps, who says the military deaths are due to their service to a nation that tolerates
homosexuality, has sent his small group of followers to spread anti-gay messages at more than 100 military funerals across the country. [Source: VFW VSO Bob Morris msg. 29 Mar 06]

 

Please call your federal legislators to request that they support the federal bill! 

 

MILITARY FUNERAL DISORDERLY CONDUCT UPDATE 04: AB 2707 Funerals: restrictions on picketing has been introduced in the California legislature by Assemblyman Rick Keene (R-Chico). This legislation makes it unlawful for a person to engage in picketing at a funeral during the period beginning one hour prior to the funeral and ending one hour after the conclusion of the funeral; provides for criminal penalties up to $1000 in fines or six months in county jail; permits a court to provide injunctive relief and award damages, including punitive damages.  “Picketing” is defined as “protest activities” engaged in by any person within 300 feet of a cemetery, mortuary, or church. “Protest activities” is defined to include oration or speeches, using sound amplification targeted at funeral participants, displaying placards, signs, or flags, or other similar material, or distributing handbills, leaflets, or other written material, where such activity is not a part of the planned funeral services.
AB2707 has already been passed by the Assembly Committee on Judiciary and will have another hearing by the Committee on Public Safety in late April.  The bill was prompted by the activity of Rev. Fred Phelps, a Kansas pastor who has used funerals, including most recently the funerals of American troops killed in Iraq, to disseminate his anti-gay message and his belief that the United States has been “taken over” by homosexuals. Similar laws have either been passed or are under consideration in other states and at the federal level because of activities that have been going on around the country during funeral services for military personnel.  The bill is being opposed by the American Civil Liberties Union and some labor groups. [Source: VFW California Veterans Affairs Legislative Update 23 Apr 06 ++]

Help to insure our fallen heros are laid to rest in peace!