Grand Divisions

Tennessee Equality Project seeks to advance and protect the civil rights of our State’s gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender persons and their families in each Grand Division.

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Westboro Baptist to protest in Scott County

Just when I thought the most serious offenses committed this month would be in the presidential campaign, this one is so off the charts, I barely know what to say. Pastor Fred Phelps' Westboro Baptist Church is coming to Scott County to protest at the funerals of four Scott High cheerleaders killed in an accident on Friday.

The announcement has the Scott County Liberals asking questions:

"If this group is to protest, how will our community react? How should our community react?"

I feel outraged and in pain for this community. I grew up in a small county like Scott County where everyone knows everyone else. This is a horrible loss and to have to deal with protests at the funerals of these children is going to be a life-shattering experience for many. Can you imagine being the official who has to issue the damned permit for this hate group to assault the eyes and ears of his or her neighbors? Can you imagine the feelings of the sheriff who has to guarantee the safety of the protesters? It's too much.

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