As the country probably already knows, the Westboro Baptist Church under the leadership of one Fred Phelps will soon square off against Albert Snyder in court over privacy and free speech (CNN). This issue brings to light the right of privacy for the grieving family and the right to free speech of the protesters. I do not think that the Westboro Baptist Church should be told to not promote their agenda, no matter how flawed and hypocritical it is, but there should be some respect for the dignity of the fallen soldiers of this country and their grieving families.
At the risk of compounding the narcissism spewing from the attention mongering horde of the Westboro Baptist Church, and their “pastor” Fred Phelps, there is an issue here that must be addressed. Once again there is a Christian church claiming to spread the “word of God” while at the same time spitting on the lessons that the Bible teaches. For such a fanatical group of Christians, it seems strange that they forget that the Bible teaches that people should treat one another with dignity and love.
All of this “religious” self-righteousness is honestly growing old. Especially over the past couple of months. First there was the moron who wanted to make it a national day to burn a Quran. Now the current big news is the Westboro Baptist Church, who has been picketing funerals for some years now, being brought to court. This picketing of funerals attacks the families of the soldiers that gave their lives so they could practice their beliefs, hold those signs and spread their propaganda. It is crazy to think that everyone in the system is responsible for what this church believes is wrong. That is like saying the Jewish religion was responsible for the Holocaust. The arguments simply do not line up.
To see people parading around wearing and toting messages like “God hates fags” and “God hates America” is utterly repulsive. It does not take a genius to see that the Bible teaches just the opposite. How dare they insult their own God by contradicting his love in such a fashion! One only needs to look to John 3:16 to understand that God loves us all; the verse states that God gave his one and only son so that the world could be saved. God loved each and everyone on Earth as a son, and so was willing to sacrifice his own. The Westboro Baptist Church is guilty in the highest degree of using the funerals of soldiers to promote its own agenda through complete disregard to the plight of others. Another Bible teaching states to love your neighbor as yourself, furthering the blatant hypocrisy of these misguided and blinded followers of Fred Phelps claiming to carry the word of God.
The Westboro Baptist Church should be allowed to promote their agenda, but keep it away from funerals. There is no need to bring the plight of families into furthering your own cause to get your fifteen minutes. Take your narcissism and propaganda to a more appropriate place, preferably somewhere where your actions will not be contradicting your already contradictory and hypocritical message. As well as allowing parents to grieve rather than see Fred Phelps and his brainwashed followers insult the dignity and the memory of their child who died in battle so you could feed your insatiable need for attention at the cost of your own beliefs and the dignity of others.