Phelps’ WBC schooled in Southern patriotism…
First things first: USMC Staff Sgt. Jason Rogers was killed in action during one of his most recent tours in Afghanistan on April 7th in the Helmand province while conducting combat operations. He had deployed three times in Operation Iraqi Freedom and was on his second deployment for Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan.
Staff Sgt. Rogers was a highly-decorated, 28 year old U.S. Marine that died in service to his country and most assuredly deserves our respect. We should all pray for his Rogers Family’s loss of a beloved son.
You’ve heard of the Phelps Family and the Westboro Baptist Church’s antics, right? Well, they were at it again recently in Brandon, Mississippi, when they planned to protest Staff Sgt. Rogers’ funeral. Note that my choice of verb was “planned.” If you check their WBC Press Releases page, you will locate a link for the WBC release dated 4/13/11 on the “planned” protest for USMC Staff Sgt. Jason Rogers in Brandon, MS on 4/16/11. Just a quick excerpt from the WBC release to highlight the views of the WBC protest-types:
GOD HATES AMERICA & IS KILLING OUR TROOPS IN HIS WRATH.
Military funerals have become pagan orgies of idolatrous blasphemy, where they pray to the dunghill gods of Sodom & play taps to a fallen fool.
Now, my insistence on the use of the word “planned” becomes more clear with the news coming out following the funeral, where WBC plans appear to have been foiled by local residents. Staff Sgt. Rogers was laid to rest without incident from the WBC protesters. One of the first mentions of it showed up on an Ole Miss message board. Not every aspect of this information has been confirmed but, by the same token, it has also not been refuted. And, I find it to be a very interesting concept on dealing with the WBC nuts and their disgusting antics. Yes. I called them “nuts” and the tactics “disgusting.” Consider that me exercising my First Amendment rights. Kudos to the good folks of Brandon, MS and Rankin County.
This fallen hero’s procession was recorded by Trooper Elmo Townsend with the Mississippi Highway Patrol on his dash-mounted camera as it passed throngs of people along Highway 80 in the Magnolia State turning out to pay their respects to a local fallen hero.
Now on the off chance that you are not overly familiar with the Westboro Baptist Church, it is headed up by Fred Phelps and his family. One should also note that the word “Baptist” in their name is rather misleading. WBC is not affiliated with the Southern Baptist Convention, as the SBC has noted. It should also be noted that the SBC does not condone WBC tactics but, rather, tend to “share disgust” with tactics used by WBC and the Phelp Family.
*NOTE: The views in this post are entirely those of the author and in no way should be considered to be endorsed by or expression of the JCGOP.