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Posted: Tuesday, January 11, 2011 3:10 pm | Updated: 3:17 pm, Tue Jan 11, 2011.

I was raised in a household that did not include prejudice. My folks didn't have racist opinions and we were taught that it's what's inside that counts.

That said - I do have intolerance for a certain group of people. And it's not racists. Racists and bigots are typically ignorant and raised from infancy to believe certain things about different ethnic and socioeconomic groups. I don't agree with many of their beliefs, but when you see images of babies with white hoods on their heads, chances are they didn't choose their outfits.

My intolerance is aimed at people who choose hatred over understanding. I simply don't get why an entire group of citizens would choose to make the lives of others miserable without provocation. And to hide behind a veil of religion makes it even worse.

By now you may realize I'm referring to the asshats at the Westboro Baptist Church. I'm aware that way too much press has been given to these cretins, but they keep getting their moronic actions into the news when they should just stay in their little house of pain and leave everybody alone.

The murders in Arizona were heartbreaking enough without a group of boneheads using their funerals for their personal, twisted agenda.

It's clear that they're insane - but to what degree are we supposed to allow their delirium to be exposed? We're talking about victims of a hateful act that left 6 people dead. All were innocent victims, but none more so than Christina Green. She got to see government in action for a few minutes before being killed by a madman. And these douche bags want to picket her funeral? Why? Because she was "chosen by God"?

I'm all for free speech. I'm all for demonstrating. I'm all for freedom of religion. I'm all over that stuff. But to demonstrate and picket at the funerals of innocent people is wrong. And to what end? I seriously doubt that they'll end up with a single person converting to their "religion" by witnessing that particular display of inhumanity. What they're doing may be legal according to the U.S. Constitution. And I'm not suggesting we adopt a "Morality Police" attitude. But maybe people whose moral compass points downward shouldn't be allowed to congregate at such a solemn occasion as a funeral.

I was actually going to do some research on their Web site before I started ranting, but I couldn't bring myself to click on their url. Google the Westboro Baptist Church and see what I mean. I'm sure they looked deep into their hearts to come up with the clever web address.

In this case I'm choosing to remain ignorant of whatever their mission statement might be.

Theirs isn't religion. Nor is it politics.

It's hate.



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  • Darrell Baumbach posted at 9:03 pm on Fri, Jan 14, 2011.

    Darrell Baumbach Posts: 9405

    Brandi, I would have a hard time thinking that anyone you know in the " media" would take offense. To me it is obvious that when one says the Media", it is in reference to the
    the " media System" and not any specific personality or individual. I thought your point was well made, written and needed no clarification. The media does provide the means to attract attention to whatever cause or perception people like this have.

    One comment about "hate"… The author stated “This isn't religion. Nor is it politics. It's hate”.
    I think that might be distorting reality. The perception and appearance may look hateful. The problem is it could be something completely different. Maybe in their minds, they truly think it is loving to do what they are doing… I have seen various people over the years that completely surprise me when true “intent” of the actions become apparent. By calling it “hate”, it eliminates other viable possibilities.
    I think we can all agree, what ever their motivations or intent, it is a disturbing example of human behavior.
    Jim… interesting suggestion, but the action you are taking sounds like an aggressive offense. How do you consider it a defensive measure… I was just curious.

  • posted at 9:15 am on Wed, Jan 12, 2011.


    Brandi, I'll admit when I read the first post...
    We know network news is going to give you something to be afraid of everyday.
    On another note, the Arizona lawmakers who now prohibit this kind of public display and assembly, is just off base. This creates a procedure to banish any assembly they deem unacceptable. Do I think the Westboro congregation is despicable? You bet and FYI the URL is www.godhatesfags.com. That right there is telling. But still you cannot completely disregard their rights just because they conduct themselves in a sub-human manner.
    I would never burn the flag, but I would defend to the death anyone's rights to do it.

  • Brandi Poole posted at 4:26 pm on Tue, Jan 11, 2011.

    Brandi Poole Posts: 79

    OK. I like to think that I own the times that I speak without thinking it all the way through. Julie has brought it to my attention graciously, (without calling me a bad name) that I have friends and acquaintances, and family, that work for the media. I humbly apologize to you all. I had Network News in mind when I was typing my comment. I still stand by what I said, I just don't mean to include hard working, intelligent, newspaper folk.

    Please forgive, and I will be choosing my words more carefully in the future. Well. . .I will certainly try.

  • Jim Anger posted at 4:23 pm on Tue, Jan 11, 2011.

    Jim Anger Posts: 89

    Considering 'stupid is as stupid does' these despicable vermin have been getting away with this tactic for far too long. They represent the worst form of ill defined "organized religion". However, the best offense is a strong defense! I wonder if the good citizens of Tuscon would consider a counter protest to this perverse religious "cause". Considering the population of Tuscon is just under 1 million people...Imagine a wall of counter protesters encircling the entire site where church services, memorials and burials are to be held...effectively BLOCKING them from any visual disruption of the services and shielding the families from the sight of their protest gathering. Seems logical, legal...and it doesn't trample on the inherit Constitutional rights of these putrid psych-jobs...bent on spreading their own special form of destructive hatred!

  • Brandi Poole posted at 3:37 pm on Tue, Jan 11, 2011.

    Brandi Poole Posts: 79

    Racism and prejudice are hateful and stupid. That being said, there is a group of folks that I have no use for. They don't care what hurt their words may cause, their gossip has been known to ruin lives, without ever being proven, in some cases. They don't care about spreading facts, just the salacious part of a story. These folks are the news media. Without them, these nut-jobs wouldn't have their 15 minutes.

    There is a lot of stupidity to go around, though. Without us to sell to, to appease, the media would have to concentrate on news.

  • posted at 3:31 pm on Tue, Jan 11, 2011.


    Ask and ye shall receive. Arizona lawmakers have passed legislation that makes it illegal to protest at such a ceremony. http://on.cnn.com/fG0Z6z
    It's a slippery slope, however, because it steps all over the Constitution, as pointed out by Ms. Kimberly.


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