Last night I watched a documentary on LogoTV called The Most Hated Family In America; it was about the Westboro Baptist Church and its founder, Fred Phelps. The program was hosted by Louis Theroux, and was yet another look at the "church" which has become associated with picketing military funerals, regardless of who the people were or what they were purported to be involved in. (Or not involved in.) Westboro Baptist Church loudly proclaims their ideology of hell-fire for anyone who is not a member of the Westboro Church. A person can not just walk in and say 'I believe as you believe, I want to join' as all of the members are related, either by blood or by marriage. (Kinda makes you wonder about inbreeding, doesn't it?)
Westboro Baptist Church was in the news recently because of a petition started on the new government website We The People. Petitions which generate the required number of signatures in the allotted time will be reviewed by the White House and an answer forthcoming.The petition has gathered more than 300,000 signatures; it only takes 25,000 signatures for the White House to review it.
The women and children upset me more than anything; to hear a six year trying to explain to Mr. Theroux what "fag heart-symbol troops" means is heart-wrenching. To hear the women encouraging the children to do this, teaching them what to say when asked about their beliefs, it's enough to make one want to jump through the screen and slap one of them. To think that these people were going to go to CT to picket the funerals of six year old children who were massacred by a nutcase just makes no sense, not even by their own professed beliefs. They picket the military funerals because the military did away with DADT, but what excuse can they possibly give for picketing these children? For having their children there?? It makes me nauseous to think of these children being brought up like the Klan children were years ago; as a matter of fact I remember an episode of Geraldo Rivera (I know, I'm telling my age!) when there were members of the Klan there who had brought their children... these toddlers and first or second graders had who should have been in school playing with other children and learning sharing and diversity were instead sitting in a television studio dressed in Klan hoods and robes and being boo'd by an audience of both blacks and whites! That's what the Phelps family reminds me of, the KKK, under the guise of the Bible and Christianity preaching their own form of blind hatred, and having children who are being bathed in what spews forth from their mouths every day. The most hated family in America, and they are still doing it.
I remember when a couple who named their children variations of Adolf Hitler not only lost custody of them, but lost custody of a newborn that came later; I remember a polygamist sect in Texas that had all it's children (over 400) removed, just because of the polygamous lifestyle, but you mean to tell me that even with video evidence of these children being brainwashed and indoctrinated, out of school, and using hate speech, the government does nothing about removing them from such a harmful environment? What is wrong with this picture?
Please forgive me for having wandered a bit, but thinking of situations like this one just drive me up the wall, especially when i see no one doing anything about it.
As always, this post is the opinion of no one other than myself, and comes Live Fron Bikini Bottom.