Church of Perpetual Anger "Westboro Baptist Church" (if you can stomach their website, you're far better than I) will be in Frederick this weekend to spew its collective vitriol at St. John the Evangelist Roman Catholic Church and All Saints' Episcopal Church. Story. This will be only steps away from thousands of folks reveling at Frederick's annual (and most enjoyable) "In The Street" festival. The next day, the "church" plans to "picket" the annual ceremony for fallen firefighters at the National Fire Training Academy in Emmitsburg.
The "church" seems to consist of Fred Phelps and his extended family, all of whom have a major-league ax to grind against homosexuals. While I disagree with the homosexual activist agenda, see the homosexual act as sick and disordered, and do not support "gay marriage," I have no desire whatsoever to do any homosexuals harm as Phelps and his minions do. Only Westboro could get homosexual activists and social/political conservatives on the same side. And yet, they WANT onlookers to be upset with them, even to the point of provoking assault so that they can sue (h/t: Arthur).
So maybe we'll go to Mass to show that they can't stop us, but otherwise ignore them and not give them the satisfaction. Ultimately, I feel really sorry for them, and pray that the Holy Spirit would touch their hearts and heal them of their ills, and help me to have the proper compassion for them.
Thursday, October 04, 2007