Saturday, June 10, 2006

Rice, others to attend SBC Convention next week

Secretary of State Condeleeza Rice will visit Greensboro next Wednesday to address messengers at the annual Southern Baptist Convention. The speech should be interesting. Rice is a Renaissance woman and a southerner and I would expect her to be quite at ease with her Baptist audience.

While Rice will be a welcome guest, another group of visitors probably won't get a spot on the dais. The Westboro Baptist Church of Topeka, KS has announced some of its members will picket the convention and the unveiling of a Billy Graham statue. The church is built around Fred Phelps and his angry message. The members of the church are mostly his family members. The group first gained nationwide noteriety when it picketed the funeral of Matthew Shepard. Currently it has boycotted funerals of soldiers and marines killed in Iraq. The church members claim the deaths are God's punishment of America for its laxity concerning homosexuality. The Westboro website name says its all.

Reading the Wikipedia entry on Phelps kept me from getting the chores started today. It seems that since his conversion as a teenager in Meridian, MS, he has used his interpretation of Christianity as a way to direct his vile anger on the rest of the world. He's put as many people in Hell as Parker and Stone. As hateful as his current campaign is, I believe Phelps would turn the Salvation Army into a hate group if he happened to lead it.

If you care to, keep an eye out for the Westboro protestors if you're driving past the coliseum next Tuesday and Wednesday.

BTW: Here's the Westboro take on the death of Abu Musab Zarqawi.

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