I have a couple of thoughts on these people and, I promise, and it’s not political.
First, they are despicable people and they will have to answer some day for they way they treat people, for the hatred they spread and the hurt they cause.
Second, they are not really a church, but a group of 11 people who seem to all be related.
Third, they maintained a distance of 1000 feet and the family did not know they were the target of the protest until later.
The Supreme Court ruled in favor of the first amendment. People have a right to say what they want as long as others can avoid listening and, in this case, the Court ruled that they could.
Jesus taught us to love one another, to forgive each other, to be patient and understanding, even… no… especially… towards those with whom we disagree. I don’t believe the Westboro Baptist Church represents the teachings of Christ very well.
I know that not everyone believes the same way I do and I can allow for others to disagree with me without feeling ill will towards them. I’m not quite vain enough to insist that everyone think exactly like I do, nor so altruistic as to think that the world would be too boring if everyone did. As Paul said to King Agrippa, “I would wish to God, that whether in a short or long time, not only you, but also all who hear me this day, might become such as I am.”
Truth be told, the world would be a better place if more people were nice to each other. We need more love, not more hate.