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Westboro Baptist Backlash: Donations Pour in for Fallen Marine's Father

Two children protest at the funeral of Marine Lance Cpl. Matthew A. Snyder (AP, file)

Two children protest at the funeral of Marine Lance Cpl. Matthew A. Snyder (AP, file)
BALTIMORE (CBS/AP) Donations are pouring in for fallen Marine Matthew Snyder's father after a court ordered him to pay the anti-gay church he's been battling in court.

Albert Snyder of York, Pa., sued the Westboro Baptist Church, whose members picketed the funeral of Snyder's son, Lance Cpl. Snyder. The Topeka, Kansas-based church contends that U.S. military deaths are God's punishment for tolerance of homosexuality.

Snyder's son, Matthew, was killed in Iraq in 2006.

Why do they picket funerals?

 According to their Web site, they picket funerals "to warn the people who are still living that unless they repent, they will likewise perish."

Albert Snyder sued the church, but the appeals court ruled against him. The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to hear the case.

Fox News commentator Bill O'Reilly has pledged to pay the court costs. The American Legion is also soliciting donations for Snyder.
  • Edecio Martinez

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