I Don’t Think This Will Sway the Court

The Westboro Baptist Church filed an amicus brief to the Supreme Court, not supporting either side in the Proposition 8 case, but still in support of the ban on gay marriage in California.

This list of citations in their brief is priceless:

(via Joe. My. God.)

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  • Raising_Rlyeh

    I know they’re nuts, but you would think that a group made up of primarily lawyers could do a better job.

    • Houndentenor

      To be fair, lawyers that tend to win their lawsuits. This one is ridiculous though, but they make a living off their lawsuits, so they must have learned something in law school.

      • baal

        They win lawsuits when someone takes direct action against them (like assault). They don’t win on 3rd party noise like this.

        • http://squeakysoapbox.com/ Rich Wilson

          They got their original money when Fred started taking civil rights suites in the 60s. It’s one of the great ironies that a guy like Fred Phelps fought to protect civil rights.

  • http://twitter.com/docslacker MD

    Can anyone file an amicus brief? I think I will look for a case where I can apply the wisdom of the Silmarillion.

    • coyotenose

      My god I wish I could donate to that.

    • Baby_Raptor

      Anyone can file a brief, I believe, but just because a brief is filed doesn’t mean that the court has to take it into consideration. They still hold the right to choose what is and isn’t admitted.

    • Stev84

      The correct term here is “animus brief”

    • http://www.flickr.com/photos/chidy/ chicago dyke

      don’t you mess with the elves, man. they live forever and know the wisdom of the two trees and will totally kick your ass. and Morgoth is surely the bad ass for the ages. i like, totally worship him.

    • RobMcCune

      Exactly man-elf love is a beautiful thing, we shouldn’t make it illegal just because it’s only allowed by fate.

  • coyotenose

    Well, off the top of my head, I know that part of Mark 10 is about divorce, not teh gays or who can marry whom, so apparently even WBC can’t read their fucking Bibles.

    • Kirby_G

      “He answered, “Anyone who divorces his wife and marries another woman commits adultery against her.”

      I think their take on it is “SEE! It assumes that marrying involves a man and a woman. It doesn’t say ‘and marries another man or woman’!! Checkmate, fag-lovers!”

  • The Other Weirdo

    Most of the entries are kooky, but what’s that letter to the editor about? Anyone know?

  • http://www.facebook.com/brian.westley Brian Westley

    I wonder what Scalia thinks of this?

    • Stev84

      Scalia will be madly enough with the brief from the Catholic Church.

  • Houndentenor

    Okay, that’s hilarious. The letter to the editor listed aside passages from the Bible?

  • http://www.facebook.com/RevDeath Joshua Holmes

    I think this might be the letter to the editor that they’re talking about http://cjonline.com/opinion/2009-12-15/letter_gay_marriage.

    • David Starner

      Oh wow. It’s funny until you start to realize that it’s most likely real.

  • Baby_Raptor

    Christianists are the number one argument against their own god’s existence. If he did exist, he would smite the Fuck out of people who so blatantly disobey his commands like these people do. He laid curses on generations of peoples’ families for less. And don’t forget the fig tree.

    • James

      Cursing a fig tree for doing exactly what he designed it to do (it was out of season when he looked for figs) is pretty fucking immature.

  • C Peterson

    I’d like to think it wouldn’t sway the Court. However, we’re talking about a body chalk-full of Papists, with several members who don’t even try to appear unbiased, and which has demonstrated quite a few examples of poor judgment in its decisions in recent years.

    • Baby_Raptor

      Pretty sure they already know that god hates teh gey. At best, this will be a possibly needed reminder, not a new lesson.

    • http://twitter.com/Teletheus Jerry H.

      I’m sure your extensive legal education would enable you to specify, in detail, what these examples of poor judgment from Papists are. :)

      Frankly, I doubt the justices will even hear about this brief unless it’s through a joke from one of the clerks.

      • Raising_Rlyeh

        Scalia is a very devote catholic that lets his religious beliefs and the teachings of the Catholic Church to cloud his judgement on many issues.

  • Lefty

    i’m surprised they aren’t quoting the bible by page number

  • Ross Thompson

    Nahum 1:1 basically says “This book is written by Nahum”. I’d be fascinated to see what they’re citing that in reference to…

  • baal

    HolyBible.

    Which bible? The holy one.

    Which language? holy language.

    Which xtian sect? The most holy one.

    or

    Holy Holy Bibles Batman!

  • http://twitter.com/SouthHumanist SouthernHumanist

    Well, there is a letter to the editor in the list – clearly their standards for intellectual integrity are quite high….haha!

  • pagansister

    I would sincerely hope that the Supreme Court has the common sense to not hear accept this nonsense for deliberation…..

  • http://friendlyatheist.com Richard Wade

    I tried Amicus briefs for a while, but the elastic gave out. Really let me down.

  • http://itsmyworldcanthasnotyours.blogspot.com/ wmdkitty

    At the very least, the judge will get a good laugh out of this.

  • Jennifer

    Who cares?

  • http://www.facebook.com/samuel.hull.12 Samuel Hull

    I’d assume that anything on WBC stationery is going to get immediately pushed into the pile of things not to bother with, but maybe they will look a little closer. When it comes down to it, the only thing people can really use to deny my equality is the Bible. There are no real arguments against equality, and when it comes down to it, the people fighting the hardest to keep gay people from marrying legally can only really do so from a biblical based view of the issue.

    Too often people seem to forget that this is where the anti gay crowd is fighting from. This is what their arguments consist of in the end, when you’ve argued away any other point they try to raise as reasonable. The very core of their argument is that the Bible and religion.

    And then any people willing to argue against the gays must admit that this is their argument, and in the end they are using the same gotcha clauses that WBC use. They are arguing the same thing using the same scripture. And if it’s bullshit for WBC to deny me equality based on those verses, then why isn’t is for Bryan Fischer or Mat Staver? or Cooper or Pugno? Because they don’t hold up signs damning me to hell? But they do damn me to hell on their radio shows and in their emails to the true believers.

    So I do hope that this is looked at and considered in the context it deserves. I hope the WBC’s vile views are taken into consideration as what they are, and I hope that more people realize that they hold the signs, but the rest of the anti gay crowd is saying something like but not being quite so brazen. And maybe WBC will be the catalyst.

  • CliffNotesforWar&Peace

    Why not just submit the bible?


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