Monday, February 20, 2006
In the Sandbox...
Memorial Protesters Ignorant
I just finished reading “Kansas church protests at troop memorial” and was more than just a little angry.
At first, I couldn’t believe that anyone, let alone parents with their small children, would actually protest a memorial for soldiers with picket signs that read “Thank God for IEDs” (improvised explosive devices) and “Thank God for Dead Soldiers.”
I did some research and found that the Westboro Baptist Church has used every horrible tragedy from Sept. 11, Hurricane Katrina, the tsunami of December 2004 and even the space shuttle Columbia disaster, to push an agenda of intolerance, discrimination and hatred against Catholics, Muslims, Jews, nonwhites and homosexuals. Their protests are calculated to gain the attention of the media and spread their message to as many people as possible.
I personally applaud every counterprotester who let them know that America is standing firmly behind their soldiers and will not let the deaths of soldiers be used as a political vehicle to pursue a twisted agenda.
My condolences also go to every widow or widower of a fallen soldier living in the Fort Campbell, Ky., area who had to witness such ignorance.
-Staff Sgt. Christopher Cronen, Al Qayarrah, Iraq (Stars & Stripes: Letters to the Editor)
(It seems that Kentucky lawmakers are drafting Senate Bill 93 which would outlaw protests at funerals/memorials --will the ACLU take the case for "Pastor" Fred Phelps?...if they do, it may even turn many progressives against them…)
...the girl of the Coast Guard...
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