Sunday, March 06, 2011

A 'Clarion Call' from The Kitchen Dispatch

If you read nothing else today, please stop by The Kitchen Dispatch and read
The Clarion Call: Snyder vs. Phelps (Westboro Church)

Kanani Fong most eloquently puts into words the feelings I also have about the recent Supreme Court ruling in this case. And please also take time to view the video she has posted, it is well worth the 12 minutes it takes to watch it.

As a member of the Patriot Guard Riders , one thing I'd like to stress is that the Patriot Guard Riders attend funerals Only as the Invited Guests of the family, as you can see by the statement on the
Patriot Guard Riders website

Our main mission is to attend the funeral services of fallen American heroes as invited guests of the family. Each mission we undertake has two basic objectives:

1. Show our sincere respect for our fallen heroes, their families, and their communities.
2. Shield the mourning family and their friends from interruptions created by any protestor or group of protestors.
We accomplish the latter through strictly legal and non-violent means.

There is also a statement on the website regarding the recent Supreme Court Ruling in Snyder vs. Phelps.
And, while I dislike spending any time whatsoever discussing the Westboro Baptist "church' group....please do not get sidetracked by their use of the word 'church' to describe themselves, or by their status as a tax exempt 'religious' group....educate yourself about who they are and what they stand for.
Wikipedia's page about the group is a good place to start.

And then, think about joining the Patriot Guard Riders, not only to shield the families of our fallen Heroes in the event that the 'hate group' shows up....but to first and foremost,  show respect, and honor for the fallen Hero, their family and community.

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