Freedom of Religion is Not Freedom to Hate

A protester from the Westboro Baptist Church. provided by Wikimedia

Katey Whiteman, Contributing Writer

The Westboro Baptist Church is notorious for slamming gays and hating on soldiers.  The WBC pickets military funerals with horrific signs that prove how outrageous they are. The website is literally “godhatesfags.com

Their latest scandal is by far the most nonsensical piece of news I’ve heard in a while.  For those who don’t know, there was a horrendous shooting in Tucson, Ariz., on Jan. 8.
Six of the 19 people shot died.

Among the dead was Christina Green, a 9-year-old born on Sept. 11, 2001.  She also was interested in the government.

Another was U.S. District Judge John M. Roll, well known for trying to control border violence.

Dorwan Stoddard, 76, was shopping with his wife, Mavy, when the shooting started.  He tried to block Mavy from the shooter but was wounded, leaving her to comfort him for the last 10 minutes of his life.

Mavy explained to the press that they were elementary school sweethearts who reunited after retiring and had been wildly in love ever since.

The shooter, 22-year-old Jared Loughner, is being charged with one count of attempted assassination of a member of congress, two counts of attempting to kill a federal employee, and two counts of killing a federal employee, with more charges heading his way.

Now back to the Westboro Baptist Church. They take their children out on the streets to learn their irrational ways. These children firmly believe that gays go to hell and soldiers are dying for our sins.  Four-year-olds are walking along their parents crying, “God hates fags!”

In response to the Arizona shootings, the WBC thought that protesting funerals of the victims would be a logical idea.  Clearly these people are insane.

Who in their right mind decides that it is a good idea to protest a 9-year-old girl’s funeral, preaching that the shooter was sent from God and praying for more “dead carcasses” to pile up?

Fortunately, an emergency bill was passed to keep protesters at least 300 feet from the mourners during the funerals.

Several hundred people lined the street dressed in either white T-shirts or “angel wings” made of sheets to block the funeral from any picketers.  It was an amazing display of community pride and love.

However, no protesters appeared; they agreed to back off as long as they received airtime on national radio shows.

If they want the attention, they should create a reality TV show about their senseless cult lifestyle of brainwashing their children into closed minded bigots.

The church will get airtime on two national radio shows. While the community is upset about the church receiving publicity, radio hosts stand by their decision to broadcast.  They feel that the airtime being used is worth the time mourners deserve to say goodbye to their loved ones.  I have to agree.

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