Church Leader Pisses Off Ozzy Using His Lyrics
Published: October 8, 2010 - 8:53am
The Westboro Baptist Church is known for protesting U.S. soldiers funerals in an effort to further purport their anti-gay message (regardless of the soldiers sexual orientation). Founder, Fred Phelps’ daughters and others from the group were on the steps of the Supreme Court Thursday and reportedly sang ‘you’re going straight to hell on your crazy train’, from Ozzy’s 1980 Blizzard of Oz hit ‘Crazy Train’. Ozzy was none too thrilled:
"I am sickened and disgusted by the use of 'Crazy Train' to promote messages of hate and evil by a 'church,'" said Ozzy
The members were there giving oral arguments in a case against them:
The father of Lance Cpl. Matthew Snyder, whose funeral attracted Westboro protesters, was awarded $5 million after suing the group and its founder Fred Phelps for emotional distress. The church appealed the ruling and the case is now going to be reviewed by the Supreme Court.
What might seem like a clear cut decision has become anything but. The group are careful to stay within the laws each state have set in regards to picketing at funerals and the Supreme Court is having a difficult time drawing the line between 1st Amendment protection and defamation.