YORK, Pa. - Some nights Albert Snyder wakes up at 3 a.m. Other nights he doesn't sleep at all, tormented by thoughts of the hateful signs carried by a fundamentalist church outside his Marine son's funeral. "Thank God for Dead Soldiers." "You're Going to Hell." "Semper Fi Fags." Hundreds of grieving families have been targeted by the Westboro Baptist Church, which believes military deaths are the work of a wrathful God who punishes the United States for tolerating homosexuality. Most mourners try to ignore the taunts. But Snyder couldn't let it go. He became the first to sue the church to halt the demonstrations, and he's pursued the group farther than anyone else. Wave of support Now, more than four years after his son died in a Humvee accident in Iraq, Snyder's legal battle is headed to the Supreme Court. And his tireless efforts have drawn support from across the country, including a wave of donations after he was ordered to pay the church's court costs a $16,500 judgment that the congregation plans to use for more protests. Lance Cpl. Matthew A. Snyder, 20, was not gay. But for the Westboro church, any dead soldier is fair game. Pastor Fred Phelps oversees a congregation of 70 to 80 members mostly his children and grandchildren. They consider themselves prophets, and they insist the nation is doomed. As Snyder sees it, Westboro isn't engaging in constitutionally protected speech when it pickets funerals. He argues that Phelps and his followers are disrupting private assemblies and harassing people at their most vulnerable behavior that's an incitement to violence. "This is more than free speech. This is like yelling, 'Fire!' in a crowded theater. Somebody's going to get hurt," Snyder said, his voice rising and eyes welling with tears. Snyder's lawsuit accuses the Topeka, Kan., church of invading his privacy and intentionally inflicting emotional distress. He has the backing of his ex-wife and his two daughters, but Snyder insisted on being the only plaintiff. Dad sues ?Thank God for Dead Soldiers? church - Crime & courts- msnbc.com as much as my heart goes out to the father..this case will not be won...by him. freedom of speech allows hate speech like the wbc spews. all we can do, as people, is moniter where they will be.....and run them out...just like they did in charleston wv...make it impossible for wbc to show their faces..it will give them what they what ...more media coverage and grounds to sue the local police... perhaps we need a wbc watch group....on here that just tells us where they are expected to be. now this is just my opinion...no more, no less.