The Vancouver Sun reports a disturbing development concerning the funeral for Christina Taylor Green planned for Thursday. A religious group threats to demonstrate at this brave young lady’s funeral which should be a time for family, friends and the community to remember and find some moments of solace in this tragedy.
Even as the shooting victims and their families struggle to cope with the tragedy, they learned Tuesday of a threat by the Kansas-based Westboro Baptist Church to picket a funeral planned Thursday for Christina Taylor Green.
The radical church preaches an anti-gay message and said in a statement it would demonstrate in Tucson because, “God sent the shooter to deal with idolatrous America.”
I believe in freedom of expression, but there is no justification for this church to cause a demonstration at Christina’s funeral. Her family and friends have suffered enough this week.
I have read the Gospels a number of times in my life. There is no place that I can find where the Nazarene Teacher would condone such shameless behavior of people who profess to follow His teachings. Children were very special to Him.
This planned demonstration is just crass. It is insensitive. It is a disgrace.
On Thursday, pause to remember this young lady as we all say goodbye. Let’s all work together to end violence on this planet traversing the cosmos.
G. D. Williams © 2011