The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

November 15, 2005

Demonstrators should stop invading soldiers' funerals

This is in response to the article in the Nov. 10th edition of the Ponca City News, about members of the Westboro Baptist Church in Topeka, Kan., who are demonstrating at funerals of American soldiers. They are protesting because they say God is punishing U.S. soldiers for defending a country that harbors gays. I cannot believe there are people who would politically and physically invade funerals of American soldiers, showing such monumental disrespect for the families who are paying their last respects for someone they loved so dearly, and then call themselves Christians.

And for the "Christians" to include their young children in their revolting activities, forcing them to wear ignorant rantings on T-shirts, is no less than repulsive.

These so-called Christians had better be prepared for their children to grow up and discover their own views and preferences, which may not be exactly what they were taught in their obstinate upbringing. They had better be prepared to estrange themselves from their adult children when they don't meet those twisted expectations of this "Christianity" by their actions of defiance of this upbringing.

True Christians do not engage in such disgusting displays, and at such inappropriate times. There is a time for standing up for your beliefs, but to protest at a funeral is as low as it gets.

For God's sake, and the sake of our loved ones we have to bury, allow us to remember their burials with dignity, not signs of hatred. Remember, our soldiers are dying while defending America and Americans. All Americans. Even Westboro Baptists.

Cindy McPeak