While the rest of the world is grappling with the idea of a democratic Middle East, we here in the U.S. are testing the foundation of our own democracy.
Westboro Baptist Church has once again garnered their much coveted publicity in winning a Supreme Court decision based upon their First Amendment rights.
For those of you who may not know who Westboro Baptist Church is, I will give you a brief highlight, or perhaps more appropriately low light. This is the church that has been in the news over the past few years for picketing at the funerals of our fallen servicemen, with slogans of hatred of homosexuals.
While the larger news agencies have been fairly absent concerning this ruling, there has been much buzz on the internet, with each side plying its arguments. In the end, whichever side you come down on in the First Amendment argument, this is a sad, sad situation.
You cannot deny that most, if not all, who argue the two sides of this issue are appalled by the behavior of this church. These self-proclaimed Christians are violating the last moments of grief that each of these families can have with their deceased son or daughter.
In the final days of this church, each member will face his or her own judgment, and I cannot attest to the outcome, but I can say that their actions show no kindness, love, compassion, or mercy for the very people that God created in his own image. More egregious is the fact that the people they are harming the most probably have a closer relationship with God then they ever will.
So you can call them a “sect,0, a “cult,” or even better, a “house of nuts,” but please don't call them Christians.
Now this is my opinion and perhaps only my opinion, but with all thanks to Westboro Baptist Church, I can say this without hesitation as an exercise of my First Amendment right.