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Fred Phelps to picket funerals of the Virginia Tech massacre

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I suppose people’s reactions across this country were of horror as they heard Cho Seung-Hui speak from the grave that is if he is buried yet. The ones I do care the most for are the victims of this massacre.  How horrific it must be for all involved.

I do believe as many of them watched him speak so angrily in that video, it was salt being rubbed into an open wound. For those still alive and left behind, I would say it is akin to facing one’s rapist, but you do not have the opportunity to confront him as victims of rape do in a court of law.  At least the victim’s families were able to confront the likes of the Green River Killer, Ted Bundy and Jeffrey Dahmer as those serial killers took the lives of many more.  Cho will never hear their outrage since he took his own life.

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In the case of Jeffrey Dahmer, the victim’s family spoke back to him and angrily so.  One even exploded in court saying “I hate you, Jeffrey Dahmer” and that was a sense of closure for that family.  They were then able to move on.  Sadly and angrily, Cho will never hear any such words coming from his victims.

Part of me hoped that they would not air this feed not only to protect the victims but also not allowing him to speak of the reason why.  Quite frankly, I do not care how he felt of his victims.  It is how we feel of these victims that matters.  Somehow, we must protect them even if it just to voice how we feel of the many lives lost and prayers said for all of them.

If these victims have not suffered enough and will continue to suffer a piece was brought to my attention in which Fred Phelps of the Westboro Church will be picketing at the funerals of these victims.

On their web site, this is posted, “WBC will preach at the funerals of the Virginia Tech students killed on campus during a shooting rampage April 16, 2007. You describe this as monumental horror, but you know nothing of horror — yet. Your bloody tyrant Bush says he is ‘horrified’ by it all. You know nothing of horror — yet. Your true horror is coming. ‘They shall also gird themselves with sackloth, and horror shall cover them; and shame shall be upon all faces, and baldness upon all their heads’ (Eze. 7:18).” As if we did not think the words of a killer were horrific enough, this group sees fit to invade the privacy of the family members left behind.

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Oh and we thought that Don Imus was bad in which many cheered of his firing, at least he apologized.  This group never does apologize.  This group has also picketed the funerals of our dead soldiers; yet where is the country’s outrage in doing so? How come we do not see any wall-to-wall coverage by the media as this group is has picketed funerals of our fallen soldiers who came back from Iraq?  Will the country speak out in outrage as they picket the funerals of these victims?

If hearing from Fred Phelps was not bad enough, enter stage right is Ann Coulter’s opinion of this tragedy in a World Net Daily column titled, “Let’s make America a ‘sad free zone’!  It is not as much as what she opined of this tragedy but past statements concerning the NY Times building opining that Timothy McVeigh blow it up or that rat poison should be put into Supreme Court John Paul Stevens Crème Brule in which both are words that could have led to violence.  Should some nut-case put her words into action; a judge would have been dead and countless others in the NY Times building.  Also let us not forget her opinions of the genocide that is going on in Darfur. 

In all three cases, are we to listen to the likes of Ann Coulter in order to help not only the Virginia Tech community, but how that tragedy is affecting the rest of our country?  She should be the last person we turn to.  Just go away, Ann and let compassionate people figure this out. 

I just do not know what angers me more at this point.  Is it the words of a deranged killer or is it the picketing and words by a spiteful hate group that uses God’s name in vain.  The moral of the story here is, if we can abridge free speech that came from shock-jock in which he was thrown off the air; how come groups like the Westboro Church and the KKK speak out in hate and not be challenged? Where are religious leaders like Reverend Sharpton and Reverend Jessie Jackson?  Will they condemn the Westboro Church?  If they do not, I do hope that others will condemn their actions.  My continued prayers go out to the many victims of the Virginia Tech tragedy.  May they find solace in the days and months ahead.

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