On March 3rd of this year - I went on a small tirade about a federal court decision in a case pending against the Westboro group (I REFUSE to call them a CHURCH - See article here)
Today, I received the following information- through various friends:
"June 13th at 2:15 pm in Nashville, TN, the Westboro Cult is planning to picket the funeral of Marine Sergeant Kevin B. Balduf at Woodmont Hills Church in Nashville - PLEASE SPREAD THE WORD TO ALL RIDERS & ANYONE YOU KNOW"
So - off to the Westboro group's website I went - and sure enough they list not only THAT protest - but a total of 3!!! to be held that day in Nashville.
Upcoming Westboro Cult Protests (From their own site)
Gordon Jewish Community Center in Nashville, TN June 13, 2011 11:15 - 11:45 AM
Islamic Center of Nashville in Nashville, TN June 13, 2011 12:30 PM - 1:00 PM
Woodmont Hills Church in Nashville, TN June 13, 2011 2:15 PM - 3:00 PM
So - with my information verified by the source of my rant themselves - I hereby pass along this info to all my Nashville area friends and family. "These folks are coming your way!"
I have alerted someone I know with the Patriot Guard - hopefully they will be able to arrange something to counter these folks at this event.
The Marine Sergeant Kevin B. Balduf?
Here's what FreedomRemembered.com had to say on him:
"Sgt. Kevin B. Balduf, 27, of Nashville, Tenn., died May 12 while supporting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan. he was assigned to 8th Communications Battalion, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, N.C. He is a 2002 graduate of David Lipscomb High School, where he participated on the football team as a guard and a linebacker. Anyone who knew Kevin realized that he was destined to serve in the military. The idea formed when he was still in elementary school. During his formative years he and his twin brother, watched military movies and Kevin would wear camo clothing, already showing his devotion. After serving an enlistment period, he took a two year hiatus, but returned in 2008 to the job he loved. He was currently serving his second tour to Afghanistan, and had also served a deployment to Iraq. Among his awards are, the the Bronze Star, awarded for bravery during his first deployment to Afghanistan." - FreedomRemembered.com
All I can hope for the Westboro folks are that - somewhere in their lives - God finds them and wakes them up - or that they find the very special corner of Hades reserved for them.
My hopes for Sgt Balduf's family and friends - He died a hero in service to his country and all Americans everywhere. There are not words to properly express - so - as a veteran, the son of a Marine, and the father of a Marine and a Soldier - all I can say is: Semper Fidelis!