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Abuse of Freedom of Speech and Other Cowardly Acts

I hate to bring any attention to someone who appears to be mentally deranged but those who follow the writings and leadership of Fred Phelps and his so called church are in my humble opinion in need of some serious help.  Fred Phelps calls his church a Baptist church but there is absolutely no affiliation with the real Baptist Church .  I hope non-churched individuals will realize this and not associate with those who attend REAL Baptist churches with Fred Phelps and his followers.

For the un-indoctrinated, Mr. Phelps (he calls himself a preacher) and his WBC (Westboro Baptist Church) pride themselves in picketing the funerals of military members killed in Iraq .  This in itself is, again, in my humble opinion, an act of treason but Mr. Phelps hangs his hat on first amendment rights.  Now, is it not ironic that brave individuals are dying for our freedom, including freedom of speech so that a self proclaimed preacher (I doubt he has any real credentials) can run around the country further inflicting pain and suffering on families who have lost loved ones.

This so called man of God has a website that spouts rhetoric and hatred equal to that of the Nazi party in the 1930’s.  I refuse to give any credence to his ravings by repeating anything from his website but needless to say the protesting of funerals is just one example of the apparent sickness.  One would be almost forced to ponder how much food this man has eaten from aluminum and iron cookware.  I am told a lifetime of eating from cheap aluminum cookware has a negative effect on the electrical impulses in the human brain. 

The latest outrage will be picketing the funerals of those killed at Virginia Tech earlier this week.  One of these funerals will take place in Augusta, Georgia this weekend.  Again, the irony here will be the fact that the local law enforcement will be required to protect the rights of Mr. Phelps and his band of village idiots from any harm that might be perpetrated against them.  I hope there is no violence for the sake of the family of Ryan Clark. 

Perhaps I am incorrect in my assumption that exposing Mr. Phelps and the WBC will give them more credibility.  Perhaps we should make it our mission to read the hatred on his website and realize that all the dangerous people in the world do not carry automatic weapons and kill human beings through mad acts.  Human beings can receive serious damage by madmen using the guise of religion and free speech to perform character assassination and emotional distress. 

Shame on Fred Phelps and shame on those who use religion as a crutch to spout hatred and their own political viewpoints!

Terry


Call me names if you want to. Hate me, I don’t care. Here’s another copy of an email that says what I want to say. So … instead of me saying it, I’ll let this author say it. Who is the author? I don’t know (see update in next paragraph). If I knew, I’d give him or her credit. But I like it and here it is for your enjoyment. Just let me say … I’m glad I’m an AMERICAN!

(Update since I first made this blog post: The author is Craig Smith. He first published this article on Nov. 2oth, 2006. You can read Craig’s original article here on the World Net Daily website. Craig R. Smith is an author, commentator and popular media guest because he instantly engages audiences with his common-sense analyses of local, national and global trends. For media interviews iwth Craig please call Holly at 800-950-2428.)

The other day I was reading Newsweek magazine and came across some poll data I found rather hard to believe.  It must be true given the source, right? The Newsweek poll alleges that 67 percent of Americans are unhappy with the direction the country is headed and 69 percent of the country is unhappy with the performance of the president.  In essence 2/3s of the citizenry just ain’t happy and want a change.

So being the knuckle dragger I am, I starting thinking, ”What we are so unhappy about?” Is it that we have electricity and running water 24 hours a day, 7 days a week?  Is our unhappiness the result of having air conditioning in the summer and heating in the winter?  Could it be that 95.4 percent of these unhappy folks have a job?  Maybe it is the ability to walk into a grocery store at any time and see more food in moments than Darfur has seen in the last year. Maybe it is the ability to drive from the Pacific Ocean to the Atlantic Ocean without having to present identification papers as we move through each state?  Or possibly the hundreds of clean and safe motels we would find along the way that can provide temporary shelter?  I guess having thousands of restaurants with varying cuisine from around the world is just not good enough.  Or could it be that when we wreck our car, emergency workers show up and provide services to help all involved.  Whether you are rich or poor they treat your wounds and even, if necessary, send a helicopter to take you to the hospital.

Perhaps you are one of the 70 percent of Americans who own a home.  You may be upset with knowing that in the unfortunate case of a fire, a group of trained firefighters will appear in moments and use top notch equipment to extinguish the flames thus saving you, your family and your belongings.  Or if, while at home watching one of your many flat screen TVs, a burglar or prowler intrudes, an officer equipped with a gun and a bulletproof vest will come to defend you and your family against attack or loss.  This all in the backdrop of a neighborhood free of bombs or militias raping and pillaging the residents.  Neighborhoods where 90 percent of teenagers own cell phones and computers.

How about the complete religious, social and political freedoms we enjoy that are the envy of everyone in the world?  Maybe that is what has 67 percent of you folks unhappy. The fact is we are the largest group of ungrateful, spoiled brats the world has ever seen.  No wonder the world loves the U.S., yet has a great disdain for its citizens.  They see us for what we are.  The most blessed people in the world who do nothing but complain about what we don’t have, and what we hate about the country instead of thanking the good Lord we live here.

I know, I know.  What about the president who took us into war and has no plan to get us out?  The president who has a measly 31 percent approval rating?  Is this the same president who guided the nation in the dark days after 9/11?  Is this the president that cut taxes to bring an economy out of recession?  Could this be the same guy who has been called every name in the book for succeeding in keeping all the spoiled brats safe from terrorist attacks?  Is he the same Commander-in-Chief of an all-volunteer army that is out there defending you and me?

Make no mistake about it.  The troops in Iraq and Afghanistan have volunteered to serve, and in many cases may have died for your freedom.  There is currently no draft in this country.  They didn’t have to go.  They are able to refuse to go and end up with either a ”general” discharge, an ”other than honorable” discharge or, worst case scenario, a ”dishonorable” discharge after a few days in the brig.

So why then the flat-out discontentment in the minds of 69 percent of Americans?  Say what you want but I blame it on the media.  Their philosophy is “If it bleeds it leads” and they specialize in bad news.  Everybody will watch a car crash with blood and guts.  How many will watch kids selling lemonade at the corner?  The media knows this and media outlets are for-profit corporations.  They offer what sells, and when criticized, try to defend their actions by “justifying” them in one way or another.  Just ask why they tried to allow a murderer like O.J.  Simpson to write a book and do a TV special about how he didn’t kill his wife, but if he did… It’s Just Insane!

Stop buying the negative venom you are fed everyday by the media.  Shut off the TV, burn Newsweek, and use the New York Times for the bottom of your birdcage.  Then start being grateful for all we have as a country. There really is exponentially more good than bad.

WE ARE THE MOST BLESSED PEOPLE ON EARTH; WE SHOULD THANK GOD SEVERAL TIMES PER DAY

By Craig Smith. He first published this article on Nov. 2oth, 2006.

Have a great weekend,

Richard