Saturday, February 03, 2007

The Love Crusades

We had what this group calls a "Love Crusade" today for a fallen soldier who was buried locally. From what I understand, he had saved the lives of several others in some action and, in so doing, was killed himself. Not only did the military turn out, but the volunteer fire department, of which he was a member, also took part in the ceremonies.

So did the Westboro Baptist Church of Topeka, Kansas. They’re the people who travel about the country holding what they call Love Crusades. This group, quite small and not really Baptist, taunts the families of the deceased and holds signs saying, "God Hates Fags," somehow connecting the soldiers’ deaths with America’s acceptance of gays.

The virulence of this group is hard to understand. With two of the adult children lawyers, they know exactly what they can and cannot do. They can drive you to great anger, but you cannot react without breaking one law or another.

Where did this all come from? Beats me. Usually, when someone has taken such an extreme position, it indicates some sort of hidden issue in their own life. Such violent hatred of homosexuality might mean the father has this deep down inside. Who knows??

But there will come a day – The Day. When that occurs, as it must for each member of this family church, there will be no fast talking, no legal briefs, no fancy dancing. There will be no "You Are Doomed," or "God Hates Fags" signs. There will only be Jesus pointing out to them his instruction that, "What you did to the least of these, you did to me."

9 Comments:

Anonymous ruthc said...

There used to be little rules of life that most people lived by. One of these was "you don't kick someone when he's down".

Do these protesters have any idea the amount of pain they cause the mourners? How can they be so cruel in the name of God?
Do they not understand that the right to freedom of speech includes the right to remain silent? They ought to exercise the second right more than the first.

February 04, 2007 12:27 PM  
Blogger dakiwiboid said...

They're not really Baptist, and it's not really love, either. Sigh.

February 04, 2007 7:06 PM  
Anonymous Isaiah Phelps-Roper said...

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February 05, 2007 9:38 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If these people were to meet Christ himself on the street, they would probably say He was going to hell too. As I understand it, Jesus used to hang out with some pretty undesirable people - sinners, in fact - and still loved them.

These people are NOT Christians.

February 05, 2007 11:46 PM  
Anonymous Isaiah Phelps-Roper said...

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February 06, 2007 10:28 AM  
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February 07, 2007 10:03 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Most people think that WBC is full of hypocisy and they don't have enough love to be a church, only hate.

February 08, 2007 1:18 PM  
Blogger Tom Carten said...

NOTE: Deleted comments were from the "church" leader's grandson and not in accordance with this blog's standards of good taste and its desire to be a place of peace for all.

February 08, 2007 1:25 PM  
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