When does freedom of speech…


…go too far?

Most of us have heard by now the outrageous teachings of the Westboro Baptist Church in Topeka, Kansas.  This “church” is currently led by Fred Phelps.  What angers me as a veteran and as a human being is that this man and his so-called Christian perspective on homosexuality and soldiers have been given leniency by the courts.   The Wesboro Baptist Church has made the news these past few years with their taunts and disgrace at military funerals.  What irks me even more is that the grieving father of Marine Lance Corporal Matthew Snyder has to pay this church $16,000 in restitution.  I am thinking…where is the true justice in this?  Why should this man have to pay for such hatred?

Let these families grieve for their dead sons and daughters in peace, as is their right as parents, as brothers, sisters, aunts and uncles….friends….these soldiers gave up their lives for something greater than themselves.  Why should this church be left without some kind of civil punishment for their outrageous accusations against men and women who are unable to defend themselves?  I find this a travesty of justice.

Please visit this site and do what you can to help this father and his family move forward

Lance Cpl. Matthew A. Snyder

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