Steve Otto, Tampa Tribune, writes:
Coming to a church near you this weekend will be enough venom and hatred to test your "turn the other cheek" beliefs.
They bill themselves as members of the Westboro Baptist Church of Topeka, Kan. In truth they are at the farthest end of the lunatic fringe.
These people hate everything from gay people to Jews to Catholics to the United States of America.
This weekend they plan to come to Tampa. They have announced plans to picket Christ the King Catholic Church, Palma Ceia Presbyterian Church, Without Walls International Church and St. John's Episcopal Church.
On their Web site, they say they also will be at Newsome High School and the downtown school district building Monday.
You wonder that there are groups with the all-consuming hatred this one has, and even more that anyone, even sons and daughters, would take up this man's disgusting crusade.
Aren't there already enough organizations dedicated to hatred and bigotry on this planet to satisfy anyone?
In the universe of bigotry and meanness, they are only a little sideshow in a grimy tent at the edge of society. If you happen to be at one of the houses of worship and come outside and see the posters and hear the chants, leave them to the cops.
Like I said, turn the other cheek. If that includes mooning, then so be it.
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