Friday, November 07, 2008

Westboro Baptist Church to Picket Funeral for Obama's Grandmother

The Westboro Baptist Church have indicated in a press release that they will be picketing the funeral of Madelyn Payne Dunham, the grandmother of President-elect Barack Obama, who passed way just two days before the historic election. Madelyn and Stanley Dunham raised their grandson from the age of ten in Honolulu, Hawaii, in the same high rise apartment where lived until she succumbed to cancer at the age of 86.

From their press release, the Westboro Baptist Church states:

Obama says his grandmother Dunham raised him, and, her "influence on his manner and the way he viewed the world was substantial." If so, then she has much to answer for as she stands before the Lord. Obama says he will use the White House as a Bully Pulpit to advance the cause of murdering more babies and same-sex marriage. "God hath appointed a day, in the which He will judge the world in righteousness by Christ." Acts 17:31.

The Westboro Baptist Church, classified by some as a hate group, is generally ostracized by other religious organizations. They describe themselves as following the principles of Primitive Baptists and Calvinists, however this notion is rejected by most mainstream followers of those Christian ideologies.

The WBC is best known for their protests at the funerals of members of the US armed forces. A group of motorcycle enthusiasts calling themselves the Patriot Guard Riders, comprised mostly of veterans, was initially formed to shield family members and other mourners from WBC protesters. The group now reports over 130,000 members and has expanded their efforts to honor fallen law enforcement officers and fire department personnel. They also attend welcome home events for soldiers and do volunteer work for veteran's organizations.


GeologyJoe said...

relig-o nut jobs with nothing better to do.

Markoni said...

And they are no more representative of the majority of Christians than the microscopic percentage of Muslims who commit atrocities are representative of the Islamic faith. The hatemongers (aka Republicans) need to figure that out.

Bonez said...

A good observation, Markoni. To make positive changes we must work toward not labeling everything... including people... and look for our mutual similarities and interests to build on. Instead, it seems most are contented to instead most appear contented to focus on stereotypical assumptions and demonizing.