The Fifth Horseman: Right Wing Crazies Crash Funerals

Sunday, August 28, 2005

 

Right Wing Crazies Crash Funerals

Today is a special day. I usually don't update the blog on Sundays, but events today have forced me to break with that tradition. That's right ladies and gentlemen, the Right-Wing Crazies are at it again.

This time, members of a Baptist church in Kansas are contending that soldiers in Iraq are being punished by God for allowing gays in the military. These protestors have even staged their anti-gay rallies at the funerals of soldiers killed in Iraq.

This is despicable. Not only are the protestors crossing the line by interrupting private funerals, they are also spreading a hateful message of anti-gay rhetoric. Absolutely despicable.

Now, if I was at all like Ann Coulter, I would use this incident as evidence to prove that all Right-Wingers are crazy gay-bashers that want to use a family's grief as an opportunity to spread their homophobic agenda. Luckily for you, I'm not at all like Ann Coulter. I know that the views of these hateful people don't represent the views of most conservatives. These people are Far-Right extremists, of the ilk of Ann Coulter and Rick Santorum. Most of the country is composed of moderates, not lunatics.

That said, this protest does raise an interesting question: will the Right Wing condemn these protests? This question is especially interesting when asked in the context of the Recent protests by Cindy Sheehan in Crawford. Ever since the start of her protest, the Far Right has been accusing Cindy of desecrating the memory of her son by using his death for political purposes.

And the truth is: Cindy Sheehan has been using the death of her son for her own purposes. However, Cindy is using her son's death to spread a message of peace. These protestors are using the deaths to spread a message of hate. There's a big difference between the two situations.

So, if this story develops legs, things could get interesting. Will the Right Wing condemn these hateful desecrations, like they condemned Cindy's protests for peace? If they have any shred of decency, they will. However, these are the same people that demonized a woman for advocating an end to a senseless war of destruction. Unless they can get some political gain from it, I doubt they'll condemn these protests. These people have done too much evil in the past five years for me to expect anything less of them..

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