Dead Marine's Dad on Court: A Goat Has More Sense

Westboro ruling insults troops, says Albert Snyder
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 3, 2011 2:33 PM CST
Albert Snyder speaks to the media during a news conference following the Supreme Court's ruling in favor of the Westboro Baptist Church, Wednesday.   (AP Photo/Bradley C Bower)

(Newser) – The father of the dead Marine whose lawsuit was at the center of the Supreme Court's ruling on Westboro Baptist Church's right to protest funerals remains understandably ticked off at the "nut-job church," reports the York Dispatch. “We can no longer bury our dead in this country with dignity,” said Albert Snyder. But now he's not so happy with the Supreme Court, either: “I was very surprised,” he said of the ruling. “My first thought was that eight justices didn't have the common sense that God gave a goat.”

Still, Snyder says he's ready to "put this behind me and move on" after his five-year legal fight. His attorney said donations from supporters will easily cover the $16,500 that Snyder must pay to the church. And if Westboro is successful in its pursuit of another $100,000, they may seek more donations. “I'll keep up any fight I have to for the veterans and for our military men and women," said Snyder. Westboro, meanwhile, plans to increase its protests.

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