Target: Westboro Baptist Church
Goal: Do not come to Boston to disturb mourners at funerals for Boston Marathon victims
On April 15, the Boston marathon was attacked by two bombs. Over a hundred people were injured in the attack, and there are multiple confirmed deaths. Most of the country is currently focusing on recovering and helping the victims and their families. However, the Westboro Baptist Church, a known hate group, has taken this tragedy as a way to promote its own hateful speech. The group has announced plans to protest at the funerals of the victims of this tragedy, showing an utter lack of sympathy or decency.
Mere hours after the tragedy, the Westboro Baptist Church released a message on Twitter: “BREAKING: Westboro Baptist Church to picket funerals of those dead by Boston Bombs! GOD SENT THE BOMBS IN FURY OVER F*G MARRIAGE! #PraiseGod.” When it was pointed out to the group that protesting these funerals is extremely insensitive, as the victims included an 8-year-old boy, the group brushed off concerns with more Twitter messages. The group ignored the tragedy of losing a young child by saying that there were 8-year-olds in the Biblical city of Sodom. The Westboro Baptist Church has completely ignored the true tragedy of the event by comparing it to an event which allegedly occurred thousands of years before. The group either does not realize or does not care about the insensitivity of what it is doing.
The Westboro Baptist Church has a long history of disrupting private events to spread their hate. Although members’ actions stay within the letter of the law, what they do is morally despicable. The incident at the Boston Marathon is a tragedy. The victims and their families have been through enough stress and grief. The Westboro Baptist Church will do nothing to spread their message by picketing at the victims’ funerals, but instead they will cause these families more pain. Tell the Westboro Baptist Church that they must leave these families alone.
Dear Westboro Baptist Church,
Recently, you announced that you would be picketing at the funerals of the victims of the Boston Marathon tragedy. The tragedy killed multiple people and injured over a hundred others, yet you have chosen to use it as a platform to promote your own message. You announced this picketing through Twitter, and continued to use Twitter to ignore and deride the victims.
I ask you not to picket the funerals of the victims. The families have already been through enough stress and grief in losing a loved one this way. They do not need to your hate while they remember the people they lost. Disrupting the funerals would be morally reprehensible and despicable. Do not picket these funerals, and leave the families alone.
[Your Name Here]