I try to stay away from politics in Courting; it’s usually more true confessions by Pia. However when I read something like the following I feel compelled to talk about it.
SMYRNA, Tenn. – Members of a church say God is punishing American soldiers for defending a country that harbors gays, and they brought their anti-gay message to the funerals Saturday of two Tennessee soldiers killed in Iraq….The Rev. Fred Phelps, founder of Westboro Baptist in Kansas, contends that American soldiers are being killed in Iraq as vengeance from God for protecting a country that harbors gays.
Granted it’s a small church, thankfully not part of a larger church. BUT I have been called unpatriotic, disloyal, and a staunch hater of the people in the military because I don’t support a war that I don’t understand.
I realize that most people will laugh at them, and their absurd idealogy. But they interrupted two funerals for service people, not I. They are the people spreading doctrines of hate, not I. They are the people who don’t support the military, not I.
I mean no disrespect to anybody who lives in Kansas; the title wrote itself.
We are a strong nation of people from diverse backgrounds. In the past decade, really more, people in this country have had a strong need to understand themselves and their problems through spirituality and religion. That’s great.
What’s not so great is the temptation to mix religion with politics, and then to be so sure of ones beliefs that a minister can take his congregation and interrupt servicemen’s funerals.
Can you imagine some of Bin Laden’s people interrupting the funerals of firemen in New York? Rudy G–who I don’t personally like but did respect for those first few weeks–would have kicked them on their asses.
Many people assume that I look at the seperation of Church and State from the perspective of a Jew. I do, but I also look at it from the perspective of every non-Christian in this country.
Now a new element has been added. Decent Christians against way sick Christians who have the unmititigated gall to interrupt a funeral.
Of course I hold Bush, Dobson, Frist, Rove and all the rest accountable. Dobson and Frist look at everything through a faith based angle; why shouldn’t that minister think if they can look at the world the way they want to and get the government to agree, why can’t he be allowed to interrupt funerals?
If Karl Rove can get away with committing treason why shouldn’t everybody think that they can get away with whatever they want to?
You think that I’m making too much of this? I don’t. This country is going down roads we’ve never traveled before. Why? So that our president can satisfy his overblown ego and stay in a war, more and more Americans disaprove of every day?
I’m scared that this minister’s actions are just the beginning.
Anybody who knows me knows that I’ll throw Rove into anything; and how dare the administration be so sure of itself, it lets Rove still work before the investigation really begins.
Crossposted at Bring it On!