Church Protests a Funeral

I try not to get too involved with politics. Usually whatever is going on makes me so angry that I guess I choose ignorance. Only sometimes, though. (And I’m hoping to figure out the best way to change that). When I came into work today Kristen was talking about an article  she read and we all started talking so much about it I was sick to my stomach.

I don’t understand hate. I really don’t. And maybe I’m naive because of this, but I also choose not to understand it because it destroys. It destroys people. It destroys faith. It destroys families. It destroys humanity.

There was a man from Plymouth who was killed in Afghanistan recently. He arrived home on Wednesday and his services are set to happen this upcoming Sunday and Monday. And there is a Baptist Church from Kansas who is protesting the funeral of this soldier on Monday. They don’t agree with the war that’s going on and they are going to protest against the support of Steven Gutowski, our fallen soldier.

I don’t want to share the name of the website because it makes me sick, but I’m going to anyway for that very same reason. God Hates Fags.

I honestly can’t even form a coherent post about this, I’m writing just to raise awareness. There’s plans to protest the protest on Monday, but I’ll be at work so I can’t go. If anyone can go, I urge you to. Feel free to read that article and vote on their poll or leave a comment, too.

Has anyone else heard about this? What’s your opinion? have you heard about other protests like this? Apparently this same group protested Steve Jobs’ funeral. I can’t even begin to wrap my head around this type of hate.

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6 thoughts on “Church Protests a Funeral

  1. There are no words. Just vomit that seems to building in my throat. While I believe in people having their own opinions, this sort of thing is really pushing it. I always found it interesting how contradicting the Bible is… God loves all his children – if that is true, then he must love those of another color, of another sexual orientation etc. Because they were ‘made’ by God. And if we all came from Adam & Eve, then technically there was incest involved, yet God is against that. And if God wants us to love one another, then why on earth are these people so filled with hatred towards others? I’ll stop, but I am glad you posted this. Thank you.

    -Lauren

  2. They’ve been doing this for years. Their “church” first got lots of recognition in the media when they were planning to picket Heath Ledger’s funeral a few years back because he was in Brokeback Mountain and was a “fag enabler” (they consider everyone in Hollywood as such, from what I can tell). They’ve also been picketing soldiers’ funerals for the last couple years or so, not because they’re against the war so much as they think God hates America and by that logic they delight in the deaths of those in the military. As far as I’ve ever been able to tell, absolutely everything they protest is because they hate gay people. That’s their whole thing, the main reason they think God hates America is because of the gay rights laws that have passed and things of that general nature.

  3. Some Christians are so hateful and self-rightous. They give Christianity a bad name and they are the reason I dislike organized religion so damn much. Of course, all this is nothing new, Melanie. It just might be that it is a little closer to home now.

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