Thursday, January 13, 2011

Thursday, January 13, 2011
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by Ashley Snyder
Many people pass-on as regular occasion, from many different things. Things happen, life goes on, and people miss you. Most people have funerals for the one they love, for the remembrance of them. Funerals are usually private or public depending on the people holding them and their views on things.


Well as for most of us, we have heard about the “Westboro Baptist Church”. This “church” is an Independent Baptist church known for its extreme stance against homosexuality and its protest activities, which include picketing funerals and desecrating the American flag. The church is widely described as a hate group. They are very well known for coming to schools and protesting on many beliefs of what they have. As for us, last year they had protested against gays, and teachers saying “god hates us all” towards our school.

Many people around the United States know of this group and what they like to do. Well, in October of 2010, they had protested against Albert Snyder, a former Military officer‘s funeral for what they believed in. For many, the idea of protesting at any funeral let alone one for a member of the military is rude, ignorant, selfish and horrifying; yet members of the Westboro Church proudly boast of having held more than 44,000 pickets at funerals and other events.

They also strongly defend their First Amendment right to protest. The amendment prohibits the making of any law "respecting an establishment of religion", impeding the free exercise of religion, infringing on the freedom of speech, infringing on the freedom of the press, interfering with the right to peaceably assemble or prohibiting the petitioning for a governmental redress of grievances. The Establishment Clause of the First Amendment has been interpreted by the Supreme Court as erecting a separation of church and states.

Just recently this group has got known for protesting at 9 year old Christina Green’s funeral after being murdered in Tucson Shooting. This young girl was born on September 11th 2001, and she was involved in many things around her school such as Student Council and many others.

I had asked a student at Saint James High School how they felt about this church and how they go around doing what they do and a current 11th grader Kiara Baker stated” This church is ridiculous, and it just shows how ignorant they can be, and they have no self respect for anything or anyone, but themselves.

11 comments:

  1. Arizona passed emergency legislation to bar WBC from protesting Green's, or any other Tuscon shooting victim's funeral a day or two ago.

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  2. This unholy church bothers me on so many different levels. I will never understand how a person can look in the eyes of a mother that lost her child and tell them that they deserved it. This horrible excuse of a church is the reason some countries don't have freedom of speech. It's pretty stupid how they always talk about how much they hate America, but if they tried to say the things they do in another country, they'd probably be thrown in jail or shot.

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  3. Silly radical religious activist

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  4. The best way to stop this, is to just ignore them. I just dont think that this "Westboro" stuff should get this much coverage, thats what they want from us.

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  5. I seriously can't stand those WBC people
    They're going to get what is coming for them someday, karma finds it's way around all the time.

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  6. I completely hate these freaks. Why they have to be completely involved in everyone's business is insane.

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  7. Yes well it is sorry to say, but Westboro does have reason to make our news. Ashely, I'd really like to complement how well you conducted this. You kept a professional third party stance, that couldn't have been better. I know doing such is tough, especially considering how hateful this group is. That goes to show how mature you could be with the article though. The information on their picket numbers really helped catch my attention, and although the story was long the way you pieced it all together made it a fast read! This was a great way to go out of the class if you're unable to come back, a true news story. Good facts, proper structure, excellent writing!

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  8. Yes well it is sorry to say, but Westboro does have reason to make our news. Ashely, I'd really like to complement how well you conducted this. You kept a professional third party stance, that couldn't have been better. I know doing such is tough, especially considering how hateful this group is. That goes to show how mature you could be with the article though. The information on their picket numbers really helped catch my attention, and although the story was long the way you pieced it all together made it a fast read! This was a great way to go out of the class if you're unable to come back, a true news story. Good facts, proper structure, excellent writing!

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  9. my god, what kind of sick stuff goes through theses peoples brains. Seriously how does anyone have the idea "lets protest a 9 year olds funeral" and think its a just cause.

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  10. People can be mean, they shouldn't be able to get away with the stuff they get away with.

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  11. I think that they're all so annoying. They need to get a life.

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