Have you heard about the antics of these creatures belonging to the so-called Westboro Baptist Church, out of Kansas? These individuals are a part of some kind of cult-like group (most of them are part of their leader's "extended family")and they are about the most sick and twisted excuse for Christians I have ever heard tell of. Their gig is to show up at funerals of soldiers killed in Iraq and stage a demonstration essentially alleging that soldiers are dying overseas as God's punishment on America for harboring homosexuals, and that the soldiers were justly killed by God for obeying the government. Of course they have a website--www.godhatesamerica.com. I am tired of the phrase "wrong in so many ways," but this defines it. Even if they truly believe this abominable doctrine, how dare they defile others grieveing in this manner? Is this what Jesus would do? I think not. they staged one of their grotesque spectacles in Ripon, Wisconsin, last Friday,a nd have the gall to speak of suing the County Sheriff becasue he kept them away from the burial site, citing (correctly, I think)concern for their own safety. Today, in Evansville, Indiana, hundreds of veterans and members of local congregations showed up to hold a counter-demonstration. I think it says much that local authorites are dealing with this group's appearances in the same way--and much the same terms--that they would a Ku Klux Klan march.
Viscerally, I would like to take a baseball bat to these people. Spiritually, I pray that the Almighty might enlighten them, and open their minds and hearts so that they can see what kind of people they have been. This might be the worst thing that could be done to them.