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Westboro's funeral protests

March 5, 2011 - Jodelle Greiner
Although my profession depends on freedom of speech, I just don’t get what the Westboro Baptist Church is doing.

For those who don’t know, they are the church group from Topeka, Kan., who show up at the funerals of soldiers and protest.

If they were protesting the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, I could make the correlation, but what they are protesting is America’s tolerance of homosexuality.

Common sense dictates if you don’t like homosexuality, you go and protest in front of a gay bar or in front of state capitols that recognize same-sex marriage. Makes sense to me. What doesn’t make sense to me is these people’s game plan of protesting homosexuality at soldiers’ funerals.

At funerals!

I can’t imagine anything lower than disrupting a grieving family’s last memory of their loved one by putting on such a display as the people of Westboro are doing. It just goes beyond all boundaries of civilized behavior and decency. These people are not just standing there, they are holding signs with some pretty incendiary slogans, including some stuff that can’t be printed in newspapers. Somehow they have gotten the idea that God is punishing the military for America’s tolerance of homosexuality and these people are rejoicing — rejoicing! — over every dead soldier that comes back.

Other than being sick and perverted, it makes no logical sense.

What have these soldiers to do with Westboro’s stand against homosexuality? Hasn’t it ever occurred to these people that these soldiers are heterosexual? Quite a few are married with kids, still others have kids, some of the guys have girlfriends waiting at home for them. Some of these families might have strong personal beliefs against homosexuality.

A funeral is no place for a display like Westboro is doing. These people claim they are speaking for God, but I think they should read their Bibles, particularly Luke 7:11-17, which tells of Jesus passing through a town called Nain when He comes upon a funeral for a young man, the only son of his widowed mother.

“And when the Lord saw her, He had compassion on her, and said unto her, ‘Weep not’. And He came and touched the bier: and they that bare him stood still. And He said, ‘Young man, I say unto thee, arise.’ And he that was dead sat up, and began to speak. And He delivered him to his mother.” Luke 7:13-15.

Jesus offered comfort to a mother who had lost her son. That is the example the people of Westboro should be following.


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