Read about another crazy judicial decision in most every newspaper --like this one sent to me in Mudrake's recently deleted (by him) post on my blog.
The Westboro Church and any other group should be denied the right to harrass people and demonstrate negatively at funerals. If people want to stand outside with signs honoring the dead and bearing flowers, that should be legal. But this is an example of hate speech I would not condone --which I think the country should not condone --at funerals --anyone's funeral. Would we let political dissenters cause a ruckus at the funeral of an assassinated president, I wonder? Should our courts defend that? I think not.
Just as we say it is not constitutionally interpreted as legal to yell "fire" in a crowded room where there is no fire, we should make negative funeral demonstrations illegal anywhere near the funeral route and sites. But people through all other forms of MEDIA should be able to teach and preach and in casual conversation say that the only sexual intimacy that is NOT sin, according to the BIble, is that between a man and his wife. All other sexual intercourse/intimacy is sinful and counter to God's plan for our bodies. They should be able to blame American deaths on America's sinfulness if that's their view [it is not mine] --but not near the funeral or the grave site.
As for the money ordered as a fine to be paid to the Westboro Church, I dare say it will all go to the lawyers who took their case.
It IS time we kicked more lawyers out of gov't --even the courts --and sent some ethical citizens with common sense. Interestingly, you do not have to be an attorney, by law, to be a judge, as I understand it.
As for the rationale of the WB church, besides their horrid manners, lack of common sense, lack of compassion, and lack of Christian love for sinners and grieving people and our war dead-- they are referring to the OT's description of homosexual conduct as an "abomination" --something God hates. They are referencing Paul's writing where he says homosexual acts are punishable by death ("They receive the recompense for their acts in their own bodies,") and that those who APPROVE homosexuality (like the USA leadership --and thus our military ultimately) deserve death also. They are saying God's hand of protection is not with our nation because of our tolerance, approval, and promotion of homosexuality.
I DO think God may allow certain events into national life to remind us that we NEED HIS protection--that we NEED to acknowledge Him so He can direct our paths into paths of "righteousness," instead of into destruction.
But this country does not overall YET approve homosexual acts. The majority of us have voted to uphold the Biblical and traditional definition of marriage --between a man and wife -- and most of the military knows how inappropriate it is to house out-of-the-closet gays with straights --just as inappropriate as to house heteros together. It makes for a sex-focused climate in bathroom, barracks, and fox holes --where there should be none of that.
But, the fact is, all sin (sexual and non-sexual, homosexual and heterosexual) and approval of sin are punishable by death already, not at society's hands, but by the fact that WE ARE ALL MORTALS WHO ALL DIE FOR ALL SIN. That was the Adamic curse for mankind's sinfulness. But the Bible says, thanks to events celebrated on Good Friday and Easter, "we shall all be made alive" --if we confess our sinful need for the Savior and believe in Christ as that Savior.
The Westboro B Church would have a Christian message if they bore signs at Christian funerals that said, "Death, where is thy sting? Grave, where is thy victory?" In Christ Jesus we have hope that all can be saved because all the sins are paid for.
We just need to look up above our muck and receive the "Celestial Crown" --a "Crown of Life" which our Heavenly Father offers us.
Westboro Baptist Church does seem to be focusing on the muck instead of the Crown of Life offered to all of us, homosexuals and straights, who will repent of sin and receive the Crown.