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Town Takes Stand Against Funeral Protestors

November 8, 2010

I read a story about a town in Weston, MO who lost one of their community members in the war.  During his funeral they got wind that a certain church would be there to protest the funeral and basically disrespect the family.

In a town  of 2000 people approximately 1/2 of the towns people showed up and created a human shield to block out the protestors.  The protested who had shown up where out number and left.

I wish I could find pictures of this event I would have posted them.  Of course there are tons of pictures of these protestors however I won’t mention their name nor will I post photos of people who spew hatred in the name of God so you won’t see any pics of  them here.

But I was overwhelmed when I read the story it’s truly sad that in this day and age people cannot grieve in peace.  I personally think that something should be done to prevent this group from protesting and disrupting families in their time of grief.  The actions of that town was amazing they took on this group toe to toe and they won it goes to show how there is such force in numbers.

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. November 9, 2010 2:12 pm

    I’m pretty sure that the church in question is probably Fred “God hates just about everything” Phelps and his Westboro Baptist Church ilk. If some other church has taken up that line of activity it’s news to me. Look, I agree that Phelps is a nut and when he finally kicks it, I’ll glad. But nevertheless, despite what vile, despicable human beings Phelps and WBC are, they have to be allowed to express their views. This includes protesting at funerals.

    Phelps and WBC are pretty much the measure of how much a society values free speech. It is wrong to censor them because no one has the right not to be offended. If you don’t like what they’re doing, ignore them and turn away. It’s that simple. Censoring speech is dangerous because if the other side wins the next election they might use all the censorship power you gave the government against you. Clearly, the proper answer to speech you don’t like is more speech. The proper response to Phelps and WBC is to call them out on their hatefulness and let them show the world what hateful beings they are. Censoring them only gives them cause to seek damages in court. Censoring bigots only saves bigots from themselves.

    In addition, in one of life’s little ironies, allowing Phelps and WBC to express their views actually helps the cause of marriage equality and LGBT rights. First, since they are so repulsive, it might induce others to switch sides merely to avoid have “associations” with them. Second, as the Slacktivist (a href=””>cite) makes clear, since Phelps has freedom of religion, despite same-sex marriage being legal, it is obvious that no one else’s freedom of religion will be affected. It’s pretty hard for Phelps to be a free man, and express the hateful content of his beliefs, but for someone else, who isn’t as extreme as Phelps, not to have freedom of religion. Third, in a twist on the above, the fact that Phelps is allowed to express his views pretty much shows that no Pastor will be thrown in jail for preaching against homosexuality from their pulpit.

  2. November 17, 2010 8:21 am


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