Okay, bring out all the crazies because I’m angry now. As a general rule I avoid controversy, but this is too much for even me.
On Fox News and other sources, I keep seeing the news about the Supreme Court hearing the case involving the funeral of slain Marine Matthew Snyder and the members of Westboro Independent Baptist Church picketing. Of course, the sign-toters are screaming First Amendment Rights, First Amendment Rights! So what? Just because a person has the privilege to do something doesn’t necessarily mean it’s right.
A funeral is not the place or time for protesting. These are people who have lost someone they love and care about, and all they ask is the opportunity to bury their dead in a peaceful environment. It seems to me these protestors have forgotten the meaning of the word “respect”.
After seeing it on the news, I checked out some websites on the Reverend Phelps and the Westboro Church. I even listened to some of his “preaching” broadcast on YouTube. Anyone interested can find it at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e647x8xFKTs. I’m not sure what Bible the Reverend is reading, but I think he may need to consult a dictionary sometimes, too, because it’s my opinion he’s sometimes confused. His definition of loving his neighbor consisted of warning him in the form of ranting and hate signs, and he said that by not condemning my neighbor, I don’t really love him at all. I think it might do him some good to go back and read a little of I Corinthians Chapter 13 which describes the characteristics of love.
Christianity takes enough of a beating today as it is, and it angers me to think that some home-grown family-member church can give the impression they speak for all Christians. But even worse is when I listen to young people sit and talk about how God decides who He is going to love and hate while we’re still in the womb. If that were the case, free will must be a figment of someone’s imagination.
I’ll be the first to admit that organized religion has its faults. After all, anytime we humans are involved, there’s going to be prejudices and problems, but Christianity is different from organized religion. Some of the best advice I ever received in a church came from the pulpit. The pastor looked straight at the congregation and said, “If I say something you think is wrong while preaching, look it up in the Bible and come tell me because I want to know.” He was a smart man because I kept checking him out and read the whole book, several times as a matter of fact. I wish some of Reverend Phelps’ followers would do the same.
Fox News Channel