Protesting at Funerals? How *Sad* are You People?!Posted: October 6, 2010
You know, you’d think, wouldn’t you, that members of a church would understand the concept of the right to celebrate the life of a loved one lost. Of humanity. Of Love. Of understanding.
What, I wonder, do those people get from hurting the families of those who have died? Are they that small, that tiny in mind that they can’t think beyond the miniscule bit of brain they have to consider the pain of someone else?
We won’t even get into the fact that they (Fred Phelps’s Westboro Baptist Church) are claiming that their “right” to protest A) is legal; and B) is because the person’s funeral they are mocking and minimizing was gay. A) Who died to give you that “right?” and B) No. He wasn’t.
Um…no. But wait. Truth has no place in these peoples’ manifesto.
I wonder, too. Where do they learn this hate? And how is this hate in any way “Godly?” Is this the kind of thing Fred Phelp’s Westboro Baptist Church’s (WBC) God preaches?
If so, I’m staying the hell away. (Yes, I meant to write that.)
I forget, and perhaps I’m just rusty. Where in the Bible is “hate the crap out of hurting people in my name?” I think I skipped that chapter. John? James? Kings 1? 2? Mindless Lemmings 3? Yeah, that must be it.
I’m not as much a church-goer as I was in the past. That’s my issue, not yours. But I do remember this (In case you can’t figure it out, the bits in (red) are my commentary):
A Time for Everything (Except comforting…)
1 There is a time for everything,
and a season for every activity under heaven: (apparently that means offensive protests)
2 a time to be born and a time to die, (and WBC gets to decide who dies in a Godly manner)
a time to plant and a time to uproot,
3 a time to kill and a time to heal,
a time to tear down and a time to build, (pretty sure WBC has that whole “tear down” thing covered)
4 a time to weep and a time to laugh, (Oh, I see. We weep, you laugh. Well, that’s certainly Christian of you.)
a time to mourn and a time to dance, (A time to mourn for some. Not the parents/family/friends/partners/wives of those who died. Thank you, WBC for clearing that up for me.)
5 a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them, (I guess your version reads, “A time to throw stones”)
a time to embrace and a time to refrain,
6 a time to search and a time to give up,
a time to keep and a time to throw away,
7 a time to tear and a time to mend, (Again, that whole “tearing” thing is handled.)
a time to be silent and a time to speak, (Oh. WBC? Methinks you forgot this part of the Bible)
8 a time to love and a time to hate, (Wow, the WBC has this one cold. At least the “hate” part.)
a time for war and a time for peace. (Is it even worth commenting here?)
9 What does the worker gain from his toil? 10 I have seen the burden God has laid on men. 11 He has made everything beautiful in its time. (Note that it doesn’t say, “He has made some things beautiful…”) He has also set eternity in the hearts of men; yet they cannot fathom what God has done from beginning to end. 12 I know that there is nothing better for men than to be happy and do good while they live. (Missed that bit, did you? Thought so.) 13 That everyone may eat and drink, and find satisfaction in all his toil—this is the gift of God. 14 I know that everything God does will endure forever; nothing can be added to it and nothing taken from it. God does it so that men will revere him. (Now I’m wondering if anyone at Fred Phelp’s Haven for Stupidity and Narrowmindedness have even read the Bible. Still not seeing the bit about “Oh, and do your job and God will hate you.” Maybe I’m reading too fast. I’ll slow down. And use little words so the WBC can follow along.)
15 Whatever is has already been,
and what will be has been before;
and God will call the past to account. [a] (Uh, oh, WBC. I’d look out if I were you. This is where your stupidity comes to bite you in the ass.)
16 And I saw something else under the sun:
In the place of judgment—wickedness was there, (Oh, Westboro Baptist Church, you are so screwed now.)
in the place of justice—wickedness was there. (Yup, screwed here too. Especially if the “Justice System” declares that your stupidity and pain-fostering can continue)
17 I thought in my heart,
“God will bring to judgment
both the righteous and the wicked,
for there will be a time for every activity,
a time for every deed.”
18 I also thought, “As for men, God tests them so that they may see that they are like the animals. (Some much moreso than others.) 19 Man’s fate is like that of the animals; the same fate awaits them both: As one dies, so dies the other. All have the same breath [b] ; man has no advantage over the animal. Everything is meaningless. 20 All go to the same place; all come from dust, and to dust all return. 21 Who knows if the spirit of man rises upward and if the spirit of the animal [c] goes down into the earth?” (In this case I am sincerely hoping that Fred Phelps and all of his mindless simpering followers go the way of the “spirit of the animal” in this little analogy.)
22 So I saw that there is nothing better for a man than to enjoy his work, because that is his lot. For who can bring him to see what will happen after him?
I am thinking that the Westboro Baptist Church are led by and populated by the epitome of evil. Don’t agree? Let’s look it up, shall we? One definition of “evil” is intentionally causing harm or destruction, or deliberately violating some moral code.
Signs at a funeral saying “God Loves Dead Soldiers.” Harmful? Check. Destructive? Check
Mocking someone’s pain and preventing them from mourning. Violating the sanctity of a funeral for a dead son or daughter. Violating some moral code? HUGE check.
Sure enough. In in my dictionary, right next to the word “evil,” I have unglued the picture of George Bush (II) and pasted instead the logo of the Westboro Baptist Church.
Folks, I am fairly certain, with my limited biblical background, that God or G-d in any form doesn’t “hate” anyone. Just as I am reasonably certain that God, G-d, or whomever, thinks the members of the Westboro Baptist Chuch are a pack of idiots, and that if s/he were to intensely dislike anyone, that group of lemmings would top the list.
With deepest apologies to lemmings everywhere.