Last time I checked, God didn’t hate
Oh this chaps my ass. Westboro Baptist “Church” just won an 8-1 ruling at the Supreme Court to be allowed to protest at military funerals.
I’m moderately speechless, so let’s give this a try.
If you’re not familiar with Wesboro Baptist, in a nutshell, they are a Kansas based church that preaches hate. Pastor Fred Phelps, believes God is punishing the United States for “the sin of homosexuality” through the events that have lead to soldiers’ deaths. The congregation is made up mostly of Phelps and his family: 13 children, about 54 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
The members believe that US Soldiers deserve to die because they fight for a country that tolerates homosexuality. A whole church dedicated around hate towards human beings who happen to be gay. That’s what I call far too much free time. Personally, I wonder how many members are complete closet cases. The gay community thanks you for staying in.
They go so far as to travel the country to military funerals with signs that say: “Thank God for dead soldiers,” “God blew up the troops” and “AIDS cures fags.”
Members of this establishment appeared outside the funeral for Lance Cpl. Matthew Snyder in Westminster, Maryland, outside Baltimore. The family sued the church. (Sorry, I can’t call it a church. I just can’t.) I would, too, amongst other things. Personally, I’d much rather burn the building down. Preferably with the members inside. While I typically don’t believe in hurting others, the world would be a much better place without them in it.
The Snyder family did receive some compensation, however, the Supreme Court’s ruling allows them to continue to do what they do best. Hate. At funerals. Where people are grieving.
Per the Supreme Court Justice:
“Westboro believes that America is morally flawed; many Americans might feel the same about Westboro. Westboro’s funeral picketing is certainly hurtful and its contribution to public discourse may be negligible,” he said. However, “As a nation we have chosen a different course — to protect even hurtful speech on public issues to ensure that we do not stifle public debate.”
The justice who voted against Westboro stated:
“The church’s outrageous conduct caused petitioner great injury, and the court now compounds that injury by depriving petitioner of a judgment that acknowledges the wrong he suffered. In order to have a society in which public issues can be openly and vigorously debated, it is not necessary to allow the brutalization of innocent victims like petitioner.”
Sigh. The whole situation pisses me off. What is wrong with people that they feel they must hate others and then preach hate and then teach it to their kids and grandkids and GREAT grandkids. Give them a chance to be normal. To love. To care.
So Mr. Phelps, when you die, I hope that people stage peaceful protests. Rather, I hope people don’t give a shit. Because as I said before, the world would be a much better place without you in it.