Thursday, April 17, 2014

Making A Tragedy Even Worse

Very seldom do I use this blog to discuss anything not related to Shawnee, KS.

Today is one of those days.  The recent killings at the Jewish Community Center and Village Shalom were a dastardly event, perpetrated by a hate filled sociopath.  Many folks, much more eloquent than I can ever hope to be have already expressed sympathy to the families involved.  Let me just add my wishes and prayers, that the three victims be allowed to rest in peace.

How can the tragedy be even worse?  It appears that members of Topeka's infamous Westboro Baptist Church have plans to picket the funerals tomorrow of Dr. William Corporon and his 14 year old grandson Reat Underwood.  We have for too long put up with the hate filled picketing of this group.  Ironically, when their founder Fred Phelps passed a few weeks ago the family asked to be able to grieve privately.  True hypocrites.

It is my understanding that many teenagers, some who were classmates of the young Mr. Underwood, are planning on gathering at the funeral to shield the family from the despicable display of the WBC.

Regardless of your religious beliefs, I ask that all of you say some sort of prayer, that the young people shielding those families tomorrow are successful in their endeavor and that the families may be allowed peaceful bereavement.