Letters to the Editor

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Tag: Westboro Baptist Church

July
30th

RELIGION: Group giving God a bad name

Re: “Westboro antidote? Undead’s mockery” (Kathleen Merryman column, 7-28).

Jesus told us to treat others just as we would like to be treated. So how would the members of the Westboro Baptist Church feel if someone made a scene as they were dealing with the loss of a loved one?

Someone once observed that religion often gives God a bad name. Is this just one more example?

Feb.
9th

POWELLS: Sick sect mocks Christ’s teachings

I read that what must be America’s sickest sect is sending its deranged disciples to the funeral of the two poor little boys who died a horrible death (TNT, 2-9).

Why? To proclaim their deaths were God’s punishment for the Washington Legislature passing the same-sex marriage law. It is the same obscene act they performed at the funerals of soldiers losing their lives in war for the same reason, namely homosexuality.

According to the Christian Bible – when asked “what is the most important law, Master?” – Jesus’ response was (and I paraphrase): “… it is to love your

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Feb.
9th

POWELLS: Hate group given free publicity

Re: “Anti-gays to protest at funeral for 2 boys” (TNT, 2-9).

It is amazing to me the amount of free publicity that is given to this extremely small hate group (40 members in the “church,” according to Wikipedia). It seems that now all they have to do is call the editor of a newspaper and they receive a front-page headline.

They represent such a small percentage of the U.S. population, yet they receive huge amounts of free publicity. That is what keeps them going. Wouldn’t a better spot for this article – if any spot at all is deserved

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Feb.
9th

POWELLS: Let’s be respectful at the memorial

As we recoil from the unspeakable evil of Josh Powell’s actions, we face a new horror. Publicity seekers from the Westboro Baptist Church threaten to use the Powell children’s memorial as a venue for their hate masquerading as Christianity (TNT, 2-9). Groups within our communities threaten a counter-demonstration.

Our region does not need another Terri Schiavo moment. Let us resolve to shelter the family, friends and neighbors of the Powell children by ignoring the inevitable media “tabloidization” of this tragedy. Tell the media, “no comment.” Greet the Westboro lunatics with silence. Reserve the memorial for those in the circle

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Feb.
9th

POWELLS: Don’t tolerate Westboro’s hate protest

The Westboro Baptist Church from Topeka, Kan., plans on disrupting the funeral for two young boys who died at the hands of their father (TNT, 2-9). This church believes that it was God’s will that they died because our state legalized gay marriage.

These actions from this church cannot be tolerated. I hope to see many of our veterans there to counterprotest this group that also targets funerals of our fallen soldiers. It’s about time we stand up for what is right and put a stop to these radical anti-civil rights groups.

March
8th

SPEECH: Whose morality needs defending?

Re: “It’s not hateful to defend morality” (letter, 3-8).

The writer denounces the “un-Christlike, misguided and venomous” Westboro protesters, but doesn’t explain why. He actually agrees with them. Homosexuals are abominable and unnatural. So why doesn’t he support Westboro?

He decries the irrationality and immorality of modern America, and claims that “it is not hateful” to defend God’s purpose. He warns there are “consequences” for accepting homosexuality, and that our nation’s moral standards are under attack. No one should remain silent in the face of this threat!

That is precisely Westboro’s message. Yet the writer then flip-flops to say that

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March
7th

SPEECH: It’s not hateful to defend morality

The actions and message of the Westboro protesters is certainly un-Christlike, misguided and venomous. Yet the magnitude in which immorality now trumps morality and common sense in this country forces us to ask ourselves how detached as a nation we are from rational thinking.

For example: The president’s recent declaration of war against natural marriage and the open celebration of homosexuality in the U.S. Armed Forces for the first time in our nation’s history. As unkind and toxic the actions by the Westboro protesters are, in turn many understand that morality is under attack in this nation by those who

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March
4th

SPEECH: Pot calling the kettle black?

Re: “Cruel, reptilian, parasitic cults have rights, too” (editorial, 3-3).

Are you pulling our collective legs? The editorial about the Westboro Baptist Church and the Supreme Court decision about free speech just blows me away. I have never read in the TNT such a collection of name-calling: “pig-ignorant jackleg preachers … blaspheming, loathsome, sociopathic, parasitic opportunists … ghouls, cowards, hagfish and emotional thugs … foul and scabrous vampires … draculoid creatures.”

Now, I know that you have a constitutional right to print such language, but isn’t this the pot calling the kettle black? Maybe you have a redeeming purpose, and

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