Bill O'Reilly will Pay Marine Father's Court Costs which judge forces him to pay Church who protested his son's funeral

No. 1 cable news host Bill O’Reilly said Tuesday that he will personally write a check to cover $16,500 in legal costs for the father of a fallen U.S. Marine who sued the members of a church who picketed his son’s funeral.

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According to news reports, the members of the Westboro Baptist Church, located in Topeka, Kan., believe that God is punishing the United States because of its acceptance of gay people. The church garners attention for its views by protesting high-profile funerals.
via Newsmax – O’Reilly Pays Legal Bill for Fallen Marine’s Father.

The Political Jungle mentioned the back story:

The father of a Marine killed in Iraq and whose funeral was picketed by anti-gay protesters from Kansas was ordered to pay the protesters’ appeal costs.

Just so we are clear, this man was burying his son and Fred Phelps and his sick leftist whack jobs from the Westboro Gay Haters Fan Club showed up and screamed their sickness during the funeral. He sued them. He lost. HE LOST. And was ordered to pay $16,510 in court costs.
via The Political Jungle: Bill O’Reilly To Pay Marine Dads Court Costs.

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6 Comments

  1. There are limits to freedom of speech, of course. People are not allowed to knock on your door, invite themselves in and then tell you what they think about your yard, your house, or your way of life. I think Congress should create laws that would protect funerals as a private function. A person can’t help it that they have to bury a loved one outdoors, but that shouldn’t mean that anyone is allowed to intrude on their private affair.

    • That’s just horrible! I can’t believe I just heard about this. I’m a Christian and have always know that some Baptist churches are radical, but this is inexcusable. I hate to say it, but I will always look differently at the Baptist church from now on for allowing such an atrocity to take place. I wonder if there are any members of that church that have family members in the Military. I understand the right of the church to voice their opinion and how many feel it’s their duty to do so, and I even understand their conviction about gays and gays in the military. However, there is a proper place and proper time to illustrate their beliefs, and it is definitely not a funeral when a father is burying his son!!! This is definitely a HATE CRIME and should have been treated as such. I would have been arrested if I protested a Muslim funeral and said that they are going to hell because they don’t believe in Jesus Christ. (Nothing against Muslims. Just and example.)

  2. I’m a staunch conservative, a constitutionalist and concur with everyone’s outrage over this continuing incident. However, I’m not sure there is a consensus as to whether this religious group is “liberal” or not. The left-wing and much of the media is calling them conservatives and an example of what the far right is up to. “Irony trumps everything…” TC Foster

    • i think what they said at a funeral is horrible…BUT..we have free speech to protect the speech you hate…. and if the courts ruled otherwise THAT would be Judicial Activisim (what conservatives get up in arms about usually)…again I think it is horrible, but it IS protected…and legally, yes the plaintiff is required to pay those costs….that’s the price of free speech….so either you want it or you don’t.

      • This is a Hate Crime. Our military family and any family should be able to have a funeral
        without these cowards showing up. Free Speech are you kidding me?
        This is a Hate Crime and Congress could have protected everyone from this,
        they passed the bill last year and excluded our Vets. Fire everyone of them!
        God Bless our Troops and their families or move.
        Lisa Chris
        Proud Daughter USAF Pilot 33 years Nam Combat Vet
        Dallas, TX

      • Hey Elvis 1, so let me ask you, would you have any objections to a group of people putting signs with hate filled slogans about your family or, religion, or heritage, or whatever in front of your house? because we all have “public” property in front of
        our homes, and that would be ok? when your kids or family member’s broke down in in tears and are emotionally hurt, would you still fly your banner of “No Censorship” I I agree with your fundamental message, but I would state to you, that “Common sense and most importantly “CIVILITY” should not be overshadowed by our desires to uphold an amendment! don’t make the mistake of sacrificing your “Humanity” for “cause”! it’s the cornerstone of fanaticism.

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