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Westboro Baptist in our back yard

November 15, 2010

Westboro Baptist Church is protesting a military funeral today in La Plata, Md., not far from Davies. This is the outfit, led by “Rev.” Fred Phelps, known for showing up at funerals with signs reading “God Hates Fags” and other such uplifting messages.

Why military funerals? According to their website:

Perceiving the modern militant homosexual movement to pose a clear and present danger to the survival of America, exposing our nation to the wrath of God as in 1898 B.C. at Sodom and Gomorrah, WBC has conducted 44,518 such demonstrations since June, 1991, at homosexual parades and other events, including funerals of impenitent sodomites (like Matthew Shepard) and over 400 military funerals of troops whom God has killed in Iraq/Afghanistan in righteous judgment against an evil nation.

But there may be a more cynical reason. According to this article, WBC protests are more of a moneymaking lawsuit machine than anything motivated by moral conviction.

Either way, we find the whole thing sad and offensive, and wonder what kind of defective people think that disrupting mourners in the process of honoring their loved ones is ever appropriate. Unitarian Universalists stand with and support the GLBT community, and reject ancient beliefs that homosexuality is a sin or a curse.

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