Mind you, I am all for free speech and I wonder if the Supreme Court (SCOTUS) will decide in the church's favor.
The case involving the Westboro Baptist Church protesting at military funerals against gays is appalling act of cowardice by conservative (extremists -- ahem verbal terrorists). The church is not only using Christian tenats (out of context) but, complete strangers' darkest moments in life (burying a child) to further their agenda of hate vice Christian love.
I feel blown back by this one because:
1. Military funerals are private affairs for family, peers, co-workers and friends.
2. Yet, on the other hand; as military members we become a non-verbal spokesperson for the American government -- an in effect become 'public figures' even in death.
3. The Westboro church is protesting the military's tolerance of allowing gays to serve under "Don't Ask, Don't Tell." (Like this will be the end of the family unit.)
4. Margie Phelps said, "If you want them to stop dying, stop sinning."
(HEAD DOES A LINDA BLAIR HERE.)
Really? Is life this simple? If I sin does that mean another servicemember will die in combat. Astonishing fallacious reasoning there.
5. To make the comparision to this case and the possible building of a mosque two blocks from Ground Zero; churns my butter as well. How can the two be similiar other than folks have died in a voilent act?
So Ladies and Gents, what do you think? I for one would probably lose my ever loving mind to have a HATE GROUP at a friend's or family member's funeral giving thanks for their death and protesting. My rational mind though tells me; they have a right to protest (free speech) since I wore the uniform for twenty years on their behalf.
My emotional self on the other hand; is not so admirable.
kicks soap box aside to leave