Wednesday, August 06, 2008

Westboro Baptist to protest at Tim McLean’s funeral

westboro I am all in favour of free speech. But my blood boiled when I learned today that members of the controversial, Kansas-based, Westboro Baptist Church are planning on picketing the funeral of Tim McLean, the young man decapitated on a Greyhound bus last week outside of Winnipeg. According to a brochure posted on the WBC website, “God Hates Canada. Yes, indeed. The irreversible curse of God upon fags and fag-enablers - the ‘botch of Egypt...that cannot be healed.’ Dt. 28:27. God is punishing Canada, for passing laws against WBC - by exposing Canadians as cannibals and highway decapitaters (sic). WBC prays for more and worse calamities from God. We'll picket their funerals.”

This is the same small group that has protested at the funerals of hundreds of U.S. soldiers killed in the Iraq war, claiming that their deaths are a sign of God’s judgment on America.

While I support their right to free speech, as abhorrent and obnoxious it is, bringing disrepute to the name and cause of Christ, folks like these make me feel shame and, if only for a moment, think that perhaps they really should be forcibly silenced. I just feel terrible for the family of this young man, whom I sincerely hope can understand that these people do not represent Christ or His people.


Anonymous said...

Yes indeed. That no-name sect should be apprehended for deliberate harmful comments, there
ought to a way that people can rebuff who they do not want at a private funeral like this one, at the end of the day this is not an advertising space but a send-off to peace and serenity. The bunch of low lives that is Westboro is no more than media-hungry vultures who use situations to their best advantage.However, it is people's duty, people like you who believe in good, who should stand up against them and make more fuss. Please help yourselves and everybody else with it.

Anonymous said...

If the Westboro Baptists do decide to protest at Tim McLean's funeral they should be Charged and prosecuted with HATE CRIMES!!!! Have they ever been charged or have they always been able to hide behind their "religion"? They hate everyone or so it seems ... they should not be allowed to hurt Tim McLean's family any more than they already have been and they should not be allowed to protest at soldier's funerals either. They seem less concerned with God and more concerned with hate. God knows your hearts and you will answer for it one day... using His Name to spread hate is disgusting!

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