Stop the Press!

Once again WBC is planning to picket another funeral, and once again (rightly so) there is outrage and disgust.

Their latest target is none other than American author and poet, Maya Angelou; winner of the Presidential Freedom Award, Grammy Award for Best Spoken Word Album, Spingarn Medal, Marian Anderson Award, Langston Hughes Medal, Gracie Allen Award, Women in Film Crystal Award, NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work, Nonfiction, NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work – Poetry, Quill Award for Poetry…

And now winner of the WBC award for living the best, most influential life possible.

I used to get so angry and filled with rage every time I’d read or hear about their latest protests. Not anymore, I’ll tell you why.


First is this:


Isn’t that how life should be lived?  If you disagree with the WBC’s doctrines, than this should be a goal.


And then there are these….


Here are the Hell’s Angels showing their full might to prevent WBC protests at Newtown, Conn on Dec 22, 2012


Here are Missouri residents creating a human wall in the spirit of “Stand With Sam”, a show of support when Mizzou football star came out publicly as being gay.



Here’s a group of Texas Aggies in a show of solidarity.  Here’s a post from their alumni event page:

Westboro Baptist Church has announced their intention to protest the funeral of a fallen Ag.

Lt Col. Roy Tisdale

I.t is proposed that we respond with true Aggie spirit.

In response to their yelling, we will be silent. Like silver taps, like Bonfire Memorial.

In response to their signs of hate, we will wear maroon.

In response to their mob anger, we will form a line, arm in arm.

This is a silent vigil. A manifestation of our solidarity.

We must establish and enforce some ground rules, because Westboro loves pushing their constitutional rights down our throat

These three pictures are just a minute fraction of the pictures of peaceful gatherings that have taken place in response to the WBC’s public displays of hate.

The Westboro Baptist group (I refuse to reference them as a church) are a collection of only 40 very angry hateful people.  If there truly is a hand of God, I do believe they are doing his service based on two very important facts.

  • During the course of their membership they’ve not expanded or recruited.  Amazing really when you consider how much hate and hate groups there are out there.  Just 40 people.
  • In no other fashion has 40 people been able to bring together so many people joined in love and solidarity and kindness for humankind

As both a parent and a former child I know that sometimes subtle lessons are lost and it takes something extreme to get the point of the lesson across.  Further, I’ve realized that answering hate with hate is wrong.  These folks making these human walls are showing a display of love and respect for those they’re honoring, not displaying hate for those who are showing it. THAT is the correct path in my mind.

So when I see in the news that the WBC intends to protest I will smile… Smile knowing that someone has lived a very worthy life and smile knowing that a higher power somewhere is taking steps to ensure that enough people turn out to honor them properly, even if they’re using the 40 little ugly’s as tools to get it done.

In as much as I wish that the press would stop giving them the attention they so greatly crave, and I wish that the legislators would pass laws to abolish the protest of funerals….. at the same time I know that such things would also prevent hundreds and thousands of people from coming out in a display of solidarity, love and respect.

So once again, we have to be careful what we wish for.  Even the most torrential storms bring flowers.  Maybe if we could have these large displays of peace and respect on our own, we wouldn’t need the WBC to provoke people into doing it.  Just food for thought.



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