The funeral of slain sisters Ashley Key and Britny Haarup is going to be protested by the Westboro Baptist Church. It seems unusual for the Christian hate group to protest the resting of murder victims, but they do share their so-called "reasoning" on the "God Hates Fags" website.
"God sent the drugged, raping, murdering thug to execute his judgement upon MO, and specifically upon Platte County, MO." -- reads the website.
It's quite unfortunate that the Westboro Baptist Church is taking this upon themselves when there are plenty of other causes to protest with their hate-filled Christian zealotry. It seems that the WBC is taking a past transgression seriously, and personally, against Platte County. Their site claims that they were nearly run off the road by a "thug" in a truck and the sheriff of the county did nothing about it.
Certainly they realize by now that small communities band together against what they perceive as threats. The WBC is a threat to most people because of the hate they spread. Even among their Christian brethren, the WBC are rejected, so this seems like pure retaliation in the names of the two murder victims.
While it's easy to agree that nobody really likes the Westboro Baptist Church, it's important to remind everyone attending the funeral of Ashley Key and Britny Haarup remain civilized. Death threats and acts of violence are absolutely intolerable, even if it's against a hate group. The WBC are expressing their First Amendment rights as Americans, and attacking them for their horrific hobbies will only strengthen their cause.
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