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message 1: by RandomAnthony (last edited Jun 29, 2011 06:17AM) (new)

RandomAnthony | 14536 comments Anyone else hear this story on NPR this morning?

http://www.npr.org/2011/06/29/1374544...

I assume we can all agree that the Westboro Baptist Church are offensive at best, potential domestic terrorists at worst. The quote from the article is important:

Law enforcement officials who attended the session said it was focused on domestic terrorism. They were told that the FBI invited Westboro members to the class so police officers and agents could see extremists up close and understand what makes them tick.

On the other hand, inviting the church members to these sessions seems to legitimize the church. And the church members picket soldiers' funerals.

Read the article, there's more there about disagreement as to the point of the invitation, etc. What do you think?


message 2: by Suefly (new)

Suefly | 620 comments Their picketing of a funeral is more than distasteful...it's cruel, heartless and anything but Christian. Disgusting.

However, I know nothing about being a police officer or a member of the FBI. I do not know how to conduct an interview or how to handle people like the Westboro group, but I could see how it could be helpful. On the job training is also better than possible scenarios, and I think that the FBI agents could have gained some valuable insight into the mind set of these most horrible, Hell bound bastards. IMO.


message 3: by Sarah (new)

Sarah | 13815 comments I thought it was interesting that they told the Westboro guy that he was coming to talk about one thing, and told the class they were talking to him about another thing.

If it's true that the FBI also invites KKK members and white supremicists, I think the invitation only legitimizes Westboro as a domestic terror organization, which is ok by me.


message 4: by Angela~twistedmind~ (last edited Jun 30, 2011 01:40PM) (new)

Angela~twistedmind~ (twistedmind) | 540 comments My cousin, a veteran with 3 tours overseas behind him, was killed on a motorcycle recently. We were blessed with an Honor Guard. They stood outside the funeral home everyday, all day, each holding a large flag. They also escorted the funeral procession to the cemetery. It really pissed me off that something like that was deemed necessary but I am still so grateful for the peace of mind the Honor Guard gave the family.


message 5: by Lobstergirl, el principe (new)

Lobstergirl | 24099 comments Mod
How awful, Angela. But good to hear the Honor Guard was there. They provide comfort to many families.


message 6: by ~Geektastic~ (last edited Jul 01, 2011 11:01AM) (new)

 ~Geektastic~ (atroskity) | 3207 comments Sarah Pi wrote: "I thought it was interesting that they told the Westboro guy that he was coming to talk about one thing, and told the class they were talking to him about another thing.

If it's true that the FBI ..."


Speaking of the KKK, I thought it was funny when they (the KKK, that is) released a statement a while back to disavow any affiliation with Westboro and express their disgust with the church. When the KKK repudiates your bigoted activities, you really are a disgusting waste of humanity.


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