libertpaulian saidLet's all meet up and protest his funeral.
So then you and Phelps will be guilty of the same thing.
Except that Phelps and his clan were protesting people because of who and what they are, whereas people protesting at his funeral will be pritesting actions that he chose to take. None of his victims chose to be gay but he sure as hell chose to be an asshole about it. It's an important distinction.
I understand that distinction. But if people took the moral position that it's wrong to protest at funerals, for whatever reason, then why the lack of conviction in those principles when it comes to the funeral of a Phelps member?
I'm not suggesting that people should cry about his death, or anything of that sort. I just don't agree with mimicking someone's bad behavior as a counterattack. That's how I was raised.
Let the Phelps be guilty of funeral protests, and let us take the moral high road.
Phelps protesting funerals wasn't just wrong because we should show respect for the dead and their families. It was wrong for a lot of other reasons, too.
You're saying the two types of protests are identical, when in the real world they are not identical. I personally don't care about dead peoples' feelings. I care that Phelps and co have made it their life's work to limit a group of peoples' human rights and human dignity.
Not everyone has to agree with you but don't pretend the two protests are identical.
I don't believe everyone has to agree with me. In fact, I'm sure most disagree.
Believe me, I know the reasons why the Phelps protested the funerals and I know the distinction of why people would protest his funeral.
I understand Phelps has made a career out of his bigotry and ignorance. I am just as disgusted as everyone by the things his family wrote and said.
But I believe, irrespective of a man's deeds, he should be treated the way we would like to be treated. We shouldn't let our anger, our resentment motivate our actions.
Something I can support is a vigil, mourning a lost opportunity—what Phelps could have been. But anything replicating the Phelps family antics—nope.
But we disagree, and that's cool. No hard feelings.