I will be heading back to the States for a long overdue visit later this month, and a portion of my visit will be in and around Kansas City, Missouri. During my stay I will see all three of my children, all three of my grandchildren, and hopefully grandchild number four (the first granddaughter) - if she arrives on schedule. I am very excited about this trip and anxious to visit with all of those near and dear to me.
And all of that visiting, especially with the grandchildren, is more than enough reason to fly halfway around the world.
Last week, however, I heard a news story that led me to believe that I might also be able to have some fun and get into a little trouble while I am in Kansas City. The reporter said that the band "Foo Fighters" was planning a concert for later this month in Kansas City, and the homophobic morons from the Westboro Baptist Church in Topeka planned to protest the event. "Wow," thinks I, "maybe me and Xobekim and some of our aging friends could show up and counter-protest. Mom Turk would be so proud to see a few of her boys arrested for civil disobedience!"
Sadly, I learned today that the concert is set for September 16th, exactly one week before I am due to get there. Damn, damn, double-damn!
So why are the Phelps' loonies so worked up over the Foo Fighters? Is the band gay? Apparently it is more about their message than anything else. A statement from the church (sic) reads:
"These people have a platform and should be using it to encourage obedience to God; instead they teach every person who will listen all things contrary to him: fornication, adultery, idolatry...The people in this nation have sinned away their day of grace and have so enraged their God that you are seeing new outpourings of his wrath continually. We will be there to remind you that the day of your destruction is upon you, even as you vainly seek comfort in the frivolities of this life."
I feel so sorry for people who are burdened with a wrathful God, and I am so thankful that mine isn't.
If this assemblage of human trash wants to protest a concert, more power to them - at least that is one evening when they won't be disrupting funerals and bringing extra grief to the families of our fallen service men and women!