Phelps the Pathetic

Living in a free country guarantees certain rights - rights such as freedom of speech, right of assembly etc. While no one should be able to take away these rights, they should be exercised with responsibility by those executing them. Such is not the case here.
Members of the Rev. Fred Phelps' Westboro Baptist Church in Topeka, Kan., are picketing military funerals, KMBC's Micheal Mahoney reported Friday.

The group has made national headlines for traveling throughout the country to picket gay churches, gay weddings, and the funeral of Matthew Shepard, a gay college student who was murdered in Wyoming in 1998.

Friday, about 15 members of the group -- some of them children -- picketed the funeral of a St. Joseph soldier who was killed in Iraq. Mahoney reported that the group stood across the road from the Grace Evangelical Church during the funeral of 21-year-old Spc. Edward Myers.

"The first sin was being a part of this military. If this young man had a clue and any fear of God, he would have run, and not walked, from this military," said protester Shirley Phelps-Roper. "Who would serve a nation that is godless and has flipped off, defiantly defied, defiantly flipped off, the Lord their God?"

One protester had an American flag tied to his belt that draped to the ground. He was holding a sign that read, "Thank God For IEDs," which are explosive devices used by insurgents to blow up military convoys.

This is disgusting, absolutely disgusting. While I respect their right to voice their opinions what do they hope to accomplish by this abominable behaviour? To actually rejoice in the death of a serviceman is disgusting and reprehensible. It’s easy to see that religious extremism exists on both ends of the spectrum. It’s also easy to see how it turns otherwise normal people into babbling, drooling retards.

cross-posted to Rite Turn Only

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