I wrote yesterday about the death of Christina Green, and how grieved I am for her family and for her. I was literally in tears while writing it. I hoped to counter balance the sadness of that blog with something lighter, like the fun lists my friend Running Fish is doing, but a girl's gotta write when a girl's gotta write.
I'm talking about the Westboro Baptist Church.
I have never been fond of these people. These are the delightful members of America who never fail to exhibit their right to free speech, including picketing soldiers' funerals, marching around college campuses with signs that say, "God Hates Fags", "God Hates the USA", "God Hates Soldiers", "God Hates People with Freckles", etc. I've mentioned them in this blog a time or two, usually in conjunction with an example. Obviously these little gems aren't prime examples of Christianity.
However, I've always said they have a right to their opinions. Yes. They have a right to be nasty, bigoted, despicable people and they have a write to hold signs that proclaim it. (Whether they have a right to do this at funerals is another matter--I'll get into that in a moment.) This is also the same reason years ago I didn't join the facebook group, "Remove the 'Soldiers Are Not Heroes' Group on Facebook!" when all of my other friends did. I thought the people in that group were awful. But the thing is, they have a right to have that opinion. They have a right to make that facebook group. I believe it was Thomas Paine who said, "Sir, I disagree completely with what you're saying, but I'll defend to the death your right to say it."
Now. It has recently been announced that the Westboro Baptist Church is planning on picketing Christina Taylor Green's funeral.
They had this to say. "The 9-year-old girl was born 9/11/01! “Hear ye the rod, and who hath appointed it,” Mic. 6:9. God mercifully gave this nation a fair warning on 9/11 – but you despise His mercies, so you get no more mercy – man, woman or child. That’s how God the Avenger rolls!
Generally, the police have been pretty good about making sure these dickweeds aren't actually at the service, and are at least a city block away. My concern is that people are going to get rightfully upset and try and start shit with these guys. Arguments and fights should not be what's going on in the background of this little girl's funeral.People aren't standing for this however, thank God. There will be a wall of silent people, calling themselves 'angels', who will stand in the way of the protestors. That's the nice thing about a free country--we can protest the protestors.God bless Christina's family. I won't ask for God to smite the WBC--but maybe a really bad case of the stomach flu?(Btw, sorry about the crazy font changes, I copy and pasted from the article and blogger dot com doesn't seem to understand how to change back to the original font.)