The Sunday Message

John 13:34 (NIV)
A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.

A person I follow on Twitter posted a tweet saying that the Westboro Baptist Church, the group that runs the God Hates Fags website is coming to Bozeman, Montana. This is the group that has protested at military funerals while holding up signs that read, “Thank God for Dead Soldiers” and “Thank God for IEDs.”

The group plans to picket Montana State University and then Bozeman High School on September 9 “to put the attention on the words of God and the Bible” about “same sex marriage” and “to tell these students the Gospel truth.”

While I am all for talking about the Bible and God, the extreme angle the folks from Westboro Baptist Church take in doing this is wrong. Most of it is hate.   Continue reading

Caught My Eye…

Welcome to the 132nd edition of “Caught My Eye” and welcome to Friday!

If this is your first time visiting The Western Word, the “Caught My Eye” column is where I take a quick look at some of the stories I did not have time to write about during the week – and I often throw in some sarcasm just to make you smile. So get ready to head into your weekend armed with knowledge and a smile.

Today I write about the Grammys, Broke Girls, Postal Service & Montana’s Delegation, Daines’ offices and his first bill, Westboro Baptist Church, Rubio the Savior, State of the Union, Sold Again, God Made a (Factory) Farmer, Home Sweet Home, and much more!

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SNYDER V. PHELPS

Imagine your son or daughter was killed while serving in the United States military. It’s a terrible experience that many families across our country have gone through. My thoughts and prayers go out to all those who have suffered these tremendous losses.

Then imagine at the funeral, a group (Westboro Baptist Church) decides to protest and they hold up signs that read, “Thank God for Dead Soldiers” and “Thank God for IEDs” they yell things just like that during the funeral. They are just about 1000 feet away.

That’s what happened and a young Marine’s father, Al Snyder, filed a lawsuit. He claimed invasion of privacy, defamation, and intentional infliction of emotional distress. Mr. Snyder feels “that this is not so much a free speech issue as a harassment issue” according to some reports.

I believe it is harassment.  Is this what free speech has become in the United States of America? Continue reading