Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Liberty or death

To those who live life outside the realm of religious extremism, Jerry Falwell and Fred Phelps would seem to have been agents of a similar agenda; intolerance based upon Old Testament fire and brimstone. Apparently, this is not the case and it wasn't too long after the blessed passing of Jerry Falwell when news broke that the insane congregation of Fred Phelps' Westboro Baptist Church declared that they would protest Falwell's funeral because the dreadfully departed preacher was a "corpulent false prophet." While I certainly wouldn't take issue with that statement, the context of the complaint makes clear that the problem the Westboro wackos really had with Falwell was his preaching that "God loves everyone." It also seems clear from their ire that these people really paid no attention to Falwell's generally racist history nor did they appreciate his later condemnations of the "homosexual agenda" and that 9/11 was godly payback for America's general tolerance for gays, lesbians and other declared undesirables.

As convinced as the Phelps' boors are that Falwell was a false prophet who preached God's love, the Westboro clan set out to disrupt the funeral with their usual flair. The expected protest convinced another group of religious extremists from Liberty University, Falwell's own school for the learning disabled, to launch a counterprotest to defend the good name of their late mentor. As extremists often will, one such Falwell follower, Mark Uhl of Liberty U, decided that carting several homemade bombs to the funeral would be just the thing to keep the other group of religious extremists at bay.
Mark D. Uhl of Amissville, Va., reportedly told authorities that he was making the bombs to stop protesters from disrupting the funeral service. The devices were made of a combination of gasoline and detergent....
Nothing like tossing a few bombs around to prevent disruption. This is exactly the same thinking that comes out of the White House; reduce tax revenue to raise it (hasn't worked yet with this administration's cuts), kill civilians to save them, start a war to prevent one.

It is fairly obvious at this point that with the national media narrative now firmly established, had this been a Muslim with a trunk load of bombs, our media would be lapping up this story and blasting it across the headlines. As it is, it's treated as merely the action of an addle-pated teenager. How quaint.


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