An Open Letter to Westboro Baptist Church

Arlington National Cemetery. Photo courtesy Defense.gov

There is a time and place. Fellow blogger Harold’s Woodcrafting suggests military funeral protestors find a better time and different place to demonstrate. Harold wrote the following open letter to picketers with Westboro Baptist Church:

First, I will congratulate you on the Supreme Court decision. It is a slippery slope when American’s rights start to be taken away. Where will it end when it starts?

You have kept the right of free speech and places free speech can be used.

Now it is time to use those freedoms wisely. Why not go to Washington D.C.? It is after all our government and its policies you are protesting isn’t it? If you want governmental change use government centers for your protest, not military funerals.

Those who have died and those in mourning are individuals just like you. They are not the government whose policies you do not like.

Why do you have the desire to picket funerals of our country’s military? They volunteered to serve our country and to protect the freedoms we have. They were then sent by our government, which is their boss, without a choice, into harms way and paid the ultimate sacrifice with their life.

Shouldn’t those mourning the loss of a loved one, get to lay them to rest with the respect and dignity deserved? Don’t they need love and compassion and our sympathies?

I ask what Jesus would do? He came to seek those who were lost with love and compassion. In what you do where is the love and compassion of Jesus? Do your voices sound loving? Are your signs compassionate? Do your faces show the love of Jesus? For without love you are nothing but a clanging cymbal.

Jesus loved ALL and showed no partiality. He went to the sinners and was associated with them. He did not condone their sin, but still loved the sinners. He forgave their sin and He told them to sin no more. This He did with love.

Yes, Jesus had righteous anger. That was reserved for those taking advantage of the down-trodden and in the wrong place, the temple of worship. Also it was for those who thought they were better than others and were self-righteous. This is not the case with your actions. I and others see no love, only anger and hate. Jesus is not being seen through you.

It is not a sin to serve in our military. It is not a sin to die while serving in our military. Our military personnel should be held in high esteem for their desire to serve our country, and when told, to go into harms way. There is no greater sacrifice than laying your life down for another. That is what each one of those who die in service to our country, do for each of us. They gave up their rights to serve and their families are affected also.

When it is time to mourn their death and remember their service, it should be done with honor and pride, and yet the deserved somberness, with no acrimony. It is what Jesus would do.

We must use our freedoms wisely and appropriately. Protesting at a funeral is not appropriate and it definitely shows a lack of wisdom, love and discernment.

With Jesus love,

A sinner saved by Grace,

Harold

The following is a PBS segment featuring the father of a Marine who sued the Westboro Baptist Church for protesting at his son’s funeral:

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4 Responses

  1. Thank you Bobbie! I am honored and humbled to be on your blog today. God bless those who serve in our armed forces and their loved ones. I did not do this for me, but for all of YOU! My thanks, love and appreciation to you ALL!

  2. I disagree with the Supreme Courts, I feel like the Westboro Church is not a Church, they are a hating Cult. I thought our country protects us from people like that. The Men and Women that serves our country should be able to morn in PEACE. My God bless all their families and military. Everyone would start to feel the LOVE in this country we can all share it and get along. Barbara Spears wife of a Navy Corpsman.

  3. […] an open letter to the Westboro Baptist Church  from another contributor asking the church members to stop protesting fallen soldiers’ […]

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