Sunday, August 28, 2005

Another Disgraceful Scene

As bad as Cindy Sheehan's actions have been, at least she has standing to protest, having lost a son. The mouthbreathers below make my skin crawl.

SMYRNA, Tenn. (AP) - Members of a church say God is punishing American soldiers for defending a country that harbors gays, and they brought their anti-gay message to the funerals Saturday of two Tennessee soldiers killed in Iraq.

The church members were met with scorn from local residents. They chased the church members cars' down a highway, waving flags and screaming "God bless America."

"My husband is over there, so I'm here to show my support," 41-year-old Connie Ditmore said as she waved and American flag and as tears came to her eyes. "To do this at a funeral is disrespectful of a family, no matter what your beliefs are."

The Rev. Fred Phelps, founder of Westboro Baptist in Kansas, contends that American soldiers are being killed in Iraq as vengeance from God for protecting a country that harbors gays. The church, which is not affiliated with a larger denomination, is made up mostly of Phelps' children, grandchildren and in-laws.

The church members carried signs and shouted things such as "God hates fags" and "God hates you."

Although it is impossible to reason with people this stupid: "Stop judging, that you may not be judged. For as you judge, so will you be judged, and the measure with which you measure will be measured out to you. " Matthew, Chapter 7, Verses 1-3.

Let me put it another way. If Rev. Phelps showed up at the funeral of someone I was mourning, he would do well to have this number at hand: 1-800-DENTIST.

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