|Image is courtesy Time|
This is a great example of fighting hate with love. I wish we would do this more often. Perhaps we might remember this in the future.
It's not that I exactly follow the activities of the â€œWestboro Baptist Churchâ€, but I am often aware of their activities. They are an example of people taking God's Word and twisting it to where it becomes unrecognizable. Living in Canada now, I don't hear of them very often: but I was reminded of their existence when I heard about their intended protest of Elizabeth Edwards' funeral (The Sun, 2010) I first discovered Ms. Edwards when I lived in Arkansas (2004), when I worked with the state's Stonewall Democrats to oppose the re-election of George W. Bush. She actively supported same-sex marriage, and she was one of the people we looked up to when it came to that issue. We may not have won with regard to that election, but many of the friends I made back then are still friends today.
I was sad to think of Ms. Edward funeral being protested, particularly by this group and for this reason. Thus I was very pleased to read that although some did show up to protest for Westboro Baptist, there were more who showed up to protest the protesters. Dozens of people showed up to show what a stand can really mean. They held up signs saying â€œGraceâ€ and â€œLoveâ€ and â€œFriendâ€. The intended protest... â€œsizzledâ€(CNN, 2010). (And I don't think that means it was â€œsizzlin' hotâ€.) In the end, less than half a dozen (five) members of the Wesboro group showed up. Apparently more than 1200 people showed up to pay their respect to Ms. Edwards, who died of cancer last week at the age of 61.