Sunday, May 07, 2006

Doesn't make sense

There is a group led by a Fred Phelps and "his" Westboro Baptist Church" in Topeka, Kansas. For a "church" they do nothing but spit out hate and even more hate. I cannot understand how these people can think this way and yet from what they teach (and when I say teach I mean brainwash) their children

The group (I refuse to call them a church) has picketed the homosexual community in hundreds of events nationwide. They have taken to spread their message of hate by picketing the funerals of fallen soldiers. Spouting hateful messages to the families and mourners saying God hates America because it supports gays.

I came upon a group calling themselves the Patriot Guard Riders. Anyone interested in learning more of their history can read about it here. Briefly, a group of five American Legion Riders was outraged by the WBC's picketing of a soldier's funeral in Kansas. Upon hearing that the same group was going to protest another funeral in Oklahoma, they organized a group to limit the intrusion of the funeral by the WBC with the permission of the fallen soldier's family.
The Patriot Guard Ridershave 2 main missions:
  1. Show our sincere respect for our fallen heroes, their families, and their communities.
  2. Shield the mourning family and friends from interruptions created by any protestor or group of protestors.

We accomplish the latter through strictly legal and non-violent means.

I had joined the Patriot Guard Riders in March. At first, my support of the group was in the form of "atta boy" or a contribution to the group. Last Saturday, I joined the group to pay respects to Pfc Raymond L. Henry. Fortunately, there were no protestors from WBC and the family and friends were able to say good bye in peace.

Thank you Pfc. Raymond L. Henry for your ultimate sacrifice.


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