My proud city had some hateful visitors yesterday. I’m not proud of the label ‘hateful’ but there is very few other ways to describe this disagreeable bunch of people.
That’s right folks the Westboro Baptist Church graced my fair city. Bill Lohmann of the Richmond Times Dispatch summed the entire experience up in his article. His summation of their visit was “It was kind of a joke. An unfunny joke.”
Now don’t get me wrong I’m all for freedom of speech. This country was founded on the belief of being able to express ones vision and beliefs.
But it was also founded on respect. Respect for the individual and respect for religious beliefs.
While the members of the Westboro Baptist Church are lacking in their respect for religious freedom and individual determination. They too have a right to express their beliefs.
I believe that person ideologies should be express through open dialogues and the art of living. There is nothing more powerful that watching a person live their standards, beliefs, and moral codes.
If their life is truly God centered, standing on a street corner screaming obscenities to get attention is not what any Deity would ask their followers to do. Disrupting funeral rites, mocking the trauma suffered by others, just being plain horrible to people. No. No Deity I believe in would demand such disrespect.