Absolutely THE most disgusting thing I’ve seen all year
If you’re read this blog for long you know I’m a member of the Patriot Guard Riders (PGR). The group was organized several years ago when a Baptist church in Kansas started picketing and protesting at soldiers’ funerals. The church isn’t protesting the Iraq war at the funerals, but rather homosexuality. They hold signs saying thing like “God Hates Fags” and “Thank God Your Son is Dead,” their reasoning being that since homosexuality is not illegal in the United States, anyone who defends the U.S. is damned and will go to hell. Seeing the church protesting, and the pain on the families’ faces as they bury their soldier, the PGR formed — a group of bikers (quite a few of whom are veterans) who stand between the protesters and the family, hoping both to maintain the dignity of the ceremony and to honor the soldier.
Last Wednesday a tornado went through a Boy Scout camp just south of Sioux City, killing four boys. The whole area is in mourning. Last night when I got home from work I had an e-mail from a friend saying the Baptist church had released a press release saying they’re gonna protest the Boy Scouts’ funerals.
I’ll say this again. The church is protesting at four Boy Scouts’ funerals.
This is a new low. I simply cannot believe this is happening.
I contacted the PGR, but it turns out there’s nothing the organization can do — “we’re not a counter-protest group, we exist to help honor fallen soldiers.” Okay, I can understand that… It sucks, but I can understand it. I called the national Boy Scout council (with some help from a buddy with a phone number) and told them what was going to happen. There was stunned silence on the other end of the line.
I still wish there could be something we could do to stop these people from ruining the last memories the families will have of their boys. I’m absolutely flabbergasted by this whole thing.
I’m not sure, but I sure like to believe that Jesus’ main message was of TOLERANCE. Seems like the Westboro Baptist Church thinks they can read God’s mind somehow… The arrogance is appalling, the actions abhorrent.
The funerals will be held Monday and Tuesday. Two will be in Omaha, Nebraska, one in West Point, Nebraska, and one in Texas. The Boy Scouts of America are taking donations if anyone’s intersted.