Well, today is the big day for my boyfriend’s efforts.  Today Fred Phelps of the Westboro Baptist Church anbd his gang will be in Pittsburgh protesting at a funeral and a few other chosen targets. Brad started a FaceBook group, and hopes to have a very silent/peaceful counter demonstration/witness during the protest at the funeral of Catherine Baker Knoll.  If you are in the Pittsburgh area, and want to support him in this endeavor, please come by.  Fifth and Craig St, beginning at 10:30.  This is not meant to be a confrontation! Just a peaceful witness and alternative to hate speech.

I’ve written a bit about this already, and really have a lot more to say.  I just need to get to work now, so I can take some time ths morning to join the counter protest.  I did a crappy job at collecting video at the Join the Impact Rally a few weeks ago, so hopefully, I’ll do a better job today. Aside from bearing witness, I’m interested in understanding (??) what role hate has in doing the Will of God.  I’m interested in thinking about how Fred Phelps is and isn’t like the prophets of the Hebrew Scriptures. And I’m interested in being an observer. as opposed to a participant in the hate speech.  Can I go and stay peaceful and true to my own convictions, or will the energy and emotion of the moment try and suck me int it.

If you are on Facebook and want to be friends, let me know, and look for his group, “Pittsburgh Says No to Hate.”

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