It is difficult to condone vandalism, and we don’t. Still, it couldn’t have happened to a “nicer” group of people. The Associated Press reports that members of the misguided Kansas church that protest at military funerals found themselves making noise in the wrong place, that place being McAlester, Oklahoma.

The Kansas church members give evidence that “A” diodes in their brains do not connect to “B” diodes. The proof is their wrongheaded idea that America’s military personnel being killed overseas is God’s punishment for America countenancing gay lifestyles.

It is an absurd connection to make, but they have made it. But this is not the worst of it. They take it a giant leap forward by showing up at military funerals to protest and make a mockery of the survivors’ most bereaved moments. 

It is unconscionable. Residents of McAlester thought so too at the funeral for Army Sgt. Jason James McCluskey when protesters from Westboro Baptist Church in Topeka, Kan. arrived. A crowd estimated at 1,000 drowned out the half dozen protesters with shouts of “USA, USA!” Motorcyclists reportedly revved their engines as another way of muffling the Kansans’ protest.

Shortly after finishing their protest the group headed to their minivan to discover two of its tires had been slashed. As police trailed behind their vehicle the protesters soon discovered no one in town was sympathetic to their predicament. Nor were they able to find anyone in McAlester who would repair it. Group members called AAA who towed it to a place that repaired the damage and got them back on the road again.

Again, we don’t condone vandalism, and two wrongs never make a right. But we suspect members of the Westboro Baptist Church will think twice about pulling their same stunt in McAlester should the unfortunate opportunity arise again.

— Loné Beasley


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