As a family is grief-stricken about the murder of their beautiful and loving 9-year-old daughter, the hate group the Westboro Baptist Church (WBC) is planning to protest her funeral. According to ABC News , Roxanne Green was too upset and saddened to comment, except to say that she was too overwhelmed in planning her daughter’s funeral.
Christina Taylor Green, daughter of John and Roxanne, was attending a political rally for Democratic Rep. Gabriele Giffords in Tucson, Ariz., when she was shot and killed, along with others. People were also injured. Rep. Giffords, whose recovery is questionable, was shot in the head.
In the time of the Greens’ despair, the last thing that was wanted was for WBC to come to their town and shout horrible and venomous words while the funeral for their sweet and innocent little girl was underway. The mood of our nation over this possibility was one of anger and disgust.
According to ABC News, when Tucson resident Christina Gilmer heard of the WBC’s possible protest, she said, “How dare you come with your hateful message when we are in mourning. Nobody comes into our beautiful town and tries to spew hate at the celebration and memorial of someones life.”
Communities all over our nation are trying to keep WBC away, especially in the wake of any funerals. Unfortunately, some groups, such as the WBC, use the First Amendment in unfair and disturbing ways. Through this Amendment, they claim it is their constitutional right to freedom of speech.
It is our communities that are finding ways to peacefully fight the WBC’s unwanted indoctrination into their world of hatred. Gilmer received help from friends in planning a peaceful line of people, dressed in white, to surround the area of the funeral so that WBC could not interrupt the funeral service. Legislation was just passed in Arizona which disallows this hate group from getting close to the funeral, as recently reported by the Associated Press.
Suddenly, the WBC has changed its mind about protesting at Christina’s funeral. Instead, they took an offer to have air time on a radio station. This is our America. Some might use our laws for their own selfish and sick behavior. It is us, the people in our communities, who will peacefully fight them and win.
Jessica Hopper “Tucson Shooting: ‘Devine Guard’ to Counter Westboro Protesters” abcNews/u.s.
Associated Press “Westboro Baptist Church agrees not to protest slain child’ funeral” 49News