There was a funeral this week for a young man who graduated from a local high school three and a half years ago. A member of the 101 Airborne Division, he was killed by enemy fire on March 17. Westboro Baptist showed up at the funeral to protest. This is disgusting and has gotten so bad that legislation is pending in both the Michigan legislature and in Washington to make it a crime to protest near a funeral (I think the Washington law addresses just military funerals). It’s a shame we need to have a law to force folks to act decent and behave themselves at funerals.
I’m glad churches like Westboro Baptist are in the minority. If my only experience of the faith had been at hands of folks like that, I’d become like Crosby Stills and Nash who back in the 70s sang:
Open up the gates of the church and let me out of here.
Too many people have died in the name of Christ for anyone to heed the call.
Too many people have lied in the name of Christ that I can’t believe at all.
Luckily, not all churches are like Westboro Baptist and I’ve been blessed to experience other churches in which following Jesus’ example of love and humility and compassion is encouraged. Such a view is a contrast from making an ass of yourself in Jesus’ name and a mockery of his teachings.