Who speaks for God? That's the essential question when contemplating the actions of the Westboro Baptist Church members.
They intend to picket the funerals of the little girls murdered in that Pennsylvania schoolhouse. Why? Because they think they speak for God and, in this case, they say God punished the innocent girls because the state's governor spoke out against the actions of this "church." I told you about this group back when they were picketing soldiers' funerals because, according to them, God doesn't like the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy.
I wanted to share with everyone some of your comments. After you read them make sure you go to the bottom of this for another subject:
E-mail No. 1
You asked what would drive a church group to protest the girls' funeral. You cannot throw away the rights of some just because you do not agree with their views. This is their right. I do not agree but I would NEVER trample on their right to assemble peacefully. Also please do not judge their Christianity because they are doing something you do not agree with.
Answer: This was the only e-mail I got with this sentiment, otherwise I would have included more.
E-mail No. 2
I'm a resident of Topeka, Kansas — capital of Kansas and home of Westboro Baptist Church. First of all, I would like to stress that they are the embarrassment of our community and the State of Kansas and not the publicity that we need or want. The Westboro Baptist Church is a cult lead by Fred Phelps, (self-acclaimed minister), and have been excommunicated from the Baptist Church. The Phelps' are a family of lawyers and are very good at what they do. They love to sue people for violating their constitutional rights to practice their religion as they wish, (within the guidelines of the law) and enjoy pushing it to the very limit. The real tragedy in all of this are the children of the families being raised in the Westboro Baptist Church, being taught to hate and march around displaying those horrible signs. They are pathetic and I wish to send my deepest apologies to the families of those girls.
E-mail No. 3
Who needs Pakistani madrassas with these pernicious hate-mongers in Topeka?
E-mail No. 4
Nothing makes me angrier than to see the "Truth" perverted. That is exactly what is taking place with these protestors from Kansas. They are giving true fundamental Christianity a black eye by their deceived, self-motivated, self-serving belief system. Nowhere in scripture does it say, "God hates people." That is as far from the truth as one could get. What the Bible does say is that "God is love" (I John 4:8)
E-mail No. 5
As someone who lives near where this tragedy occurred, (approx 8 miles), I will be going, not to barge in on their grief but, to make sure these "nut cases" do not get the chance as well!
E-mail No. 6
I first became aware of this group when they picketed the funeral of Sgt. 1st Class Kyle Wehrly, one of our local heroes here in Galesburg, IL, who died fighting for our country a year ago November. Students from local Knox College, in a TRUE act of Christianity, stood in front of the Westboro group to shield those attending his funeral from seeing the vicious sentiments of the Westboro cult. Thanks again, E.D., for being a voice of truth.
E-mail No. 7
Especially in time of need, we should support fellow Americans emotionally and physically when able. This protest is disgusting and is a grave example of ignorance.
E-mail No. 8
You have adequately expressed my outrage each time you covered this story. I've been a police officer for over 30 years, first in Maryland and now in Florida. The sheriff of that county and the State Police commander should put their resources together and make a stand against these idiots.
E-mail No. 9
Perhaps the police should let the people at the funeral take care of these nuts.
E-mail No. 10
They need a taste of their own medicine. People should go and protest their church services. See how they like it. I guess these people missed the part in the bible about judging others.
E-mail No. 11
If any Christian would listen to a pastor that would condone something like this, then they basically have never read the Bible and are brain washed.
E-mail No. 12
When the Westborough Baptist Church came to Bakersfield, Ca to picket the funeral of a fallen soldier killed in Iraq, callers to the local radio shows in town announced that volunteers would be there to ensure the Westborough Baptist Church would get no where near the funeral (with just a hint of violence). The Westborough Baptist Church did not show up at the funeral, instead they left town in a hurry.
There were hundreds like those above. In addition, there were dozens of people who e-mailed that they felt there was hypocrisy on the part of politicians blaming Rep. Hastert when Congress has turned a blind eye to so much in the past. Tomorrow, I intend to have a VERY interesting segment looking at how this would have been handled in any corporation in America.
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