Westboro disrespects military

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Westboro Baptist has found its way back into the national spotlight by reportedly picketing the funeral of American hero, Chris Kyle.

The church released a press release that stated, “WBC to picket memorial for mass murderer AKA Navy SEALs sniper Chris Kyle at  Cowboy Stadium.” The group planned to protest by pickets, taunts and hate signs.

Reports say that protesters were in fact seen in Arlington with their usual offensive signs, speaking out against homosexuality and the military.

The funeral procession honoring the American hero, who was noted as having the most confirmed sniper kills in the history of the U.S. military, started in Midlothian and ended at the Texas State Cemetery in Austin.

Westboro Baptist achieved national attention in the court case Snyder v. Phelps, which came before the Supreme Court in 2010. The church won the case and has continued its distasteful picketing.

Freedom of speech was the main discussion in this court case and eventually the reason it went Westboro’s way. However, simply because something is legal by law does not make it morally acceptable.

The people from WBC may be taking advantage of their freedom of speech bestowed upon all Americans, but they are definitely abusing this freedom, a freedom that Kyle spent most of his life protecting along with the rest of the U.S. military.

The majority of Americans give little respect to anything these protesters say because they picket around funerals holding offensive signs such as “Soldiers die; God laughs.”

Funerals are a sacred time when we as humans lay our kind to rest. Saying anything negative about that person at or around a funeral is not going to be accepted.

Thankfully, as the funeral procession worked its way through Texas, countless supporters crowded around I-35 to pay their respects to an American hero, and the hate and disrespect of WBC faded into the background.

If they don’t agree with homosexuality, they have a right to say so according to the Supreme Court ruling, but shouldn’t disrespect the greatest military in the world.

And if they’re going to protest, they should do so in a way that does not dishonor dead soldiers.

Otherwise, they are just wasting their breath and upsetting countless mourning families along with those who respect the work our military does to keep America safe.

Author: Seth Stephens

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