We just received this from VFW Commander Woltman:
Comrades and Sisters:
The Westboro Baptist Church has a planed protest for Army Pfc. Matthew E. Baylis funeral on June 9,2007 our veteran community should turn out in full force to counter any display of disrespect for our fallen heroes. Pass the word to as many veterans and veteran family’s members as possible to let them know our displeasure in their actions. The funeral is scheduled for Sat 6/9 10 AM at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Sayville a partial copy of their flyer for the protest is below.
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Wednesday, June 6,2007
Thank God for lEDs (Improvised Explosive Devices)
God Himself Has Now Become America’s Terrorist, Killing and Maiming American Troops in trange Lands for Fag Sins. WBC to picket funeral for Army Pfc. Matthew E. Baylis – at 9:15 a.m. Sat., June 9 – at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 48 Greene Avenue, Sayville, New York.
For those who can go:
Saint John’s is located on Greene Avenue, just 2/10 of a mile north of Main Street, in downtown Sayville.
Also located within walking distance of the Long Island Railroad Station.
You can take Sunrise Hwy to Johnson or Lakeland Avenue (south) towards Montauk Hwy. The church is located near the train station in town.
I will not post a video of this group in action-they need serious therapy and no promotion/publicity. For those who can go, be there for Matthew’s family and friends and for all who have served and given all. (Let’s hope this group, gets stuck in traffic).
Funeral Protest Ban Targets Anti-Gay Church by Luke Burbank All Things Considered, May 29, 2006 · Prodded by an increasing number of complaints about anti-gay protests by a Kansas church group, President Bush signs a law banning demonstrators from disrupting military funerals. Leaders of the Westboro Baptist Church in Topeka believe dead soldiers symbolize God’s anger at America’s tolerance of homosexuals.
John 15:12-13 This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you. (13) Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.
Greater Love Hath No Man …
Tue, May. 29, 2007 Posted: 10:54:10 AM EST
My 15-year-old son played in the Home School World Series held in Pensacola, Florida this past week. Unfortunately, his team, the Dallas Angels, suffered a heartbreaking eighth-inning loss in the semi-final game to finish third in the tournament. Culled from regional tournaments – eight home school varsity teams competed in Florida for the championship. Begun in 2000, the Home School World series boasts an impressive alumnus. Many former players have gone on to play at the collegiate level and some have even gone on to play in the Majors. However, there is one young man, in particular, who has risen above them all: Ryan Adam Miller from Pearland, Texas, a suburb of Houston.Ryan played in the 2004 Home School World Series with the Houston Eagles. Unlike many former players, Ryan was unable to continue his baseball career because on his 18th birthday he entered the United States Marine Corps. Despite the fact that Ryan was eligible to play another year of High School baseball, he felt a strong need to graduate early so he could enlist in the Marines like his father and grandfather before him.On September 14, 2006, Lance Corporal Ryan Adam Miller, age 19, was killed in action while serving near Barwanah, Iraq. The son of two retired Houston police officers, Ryan had planned on following his parents into police work upon discharge from the Marine Corps – another indication of Ryan’s sense of selfless duty and commitment. The brief memorial on the Home School World Series website reports that “Ryan and his squad were returning to base when an insurgent detonated an explosive device. Ryan was hit by shrapnel. He never cried out or said a word but continued to walk for another 5 meters, then collapsed, as he was already in the presence of the Lord.” While I did not know this young man personally, every report indicates that he was a man of sincere faith, strong convictions, and gallant courage. For more than two centuries America has produced generation after generation of young men like Ryan Miller (and yes, some women) who have responded to the call to give their lives in the cause of liberty.Despite the growing number of their contemporaries, who are so often narcissistic and careless in the cultivation of any virtue, we continue to produce remarkable young men and women like Ryan. (and Matthew) They predominantly come from small towns and middle to lower working class families. They, in general, have not been to college [yet] although they average higher scores than their civilian counterparts in both intelligence and aptitude tests. They average nineteen years of age and remain idealistic about such things as duty, honor, and country. In the grand scheme of things they represent the very best of America.I myself served alongside them in the U.S. Navy some twenty-three years ago. I remember, even as a very young man myself, being deeply impressed by the dedication and character that was common to so many. It was the first environment where I encountered genuine idealism of a noble and selfless nature.It is an amazing fact when you consider that the most powerful military force in the history of the world is comprised entirely of volunteers! These are men and women, who have, by their own free choice, set aside their personal freedom and dedicated themselves to serving a higher purpose: justice and liberty.It is this attitude of self-sacrifice for the greater good or “other-centeredness” that is absolutely essential to the strength and longevity of any society. If we as a nation continue to neglect the cultivation of true virtue among young people and instead immerse them in a culture which only encourages their most sensate and base desires, we will, in time, see such noble men and women disappear. Simply put, there will be none willing to make the ultimate sacrifice in defense of “ideals” for they will not care about such things because they were not taught too.
I have watched with amazement and awe how our young people have conducted themselves most recently in Afghanistan and Iraq. Sure there have been some “bad apples” but this is inevitable among the hundreds of thousands of people represented. However, the overall conduct of American military forces is both admirable and impressive. The juxtaposition of overwhelming military power with compassionate aid and caring is inspiring. This is not typical of military institutions throughout history or even those operating in the world today. This compassion is personal and individual within an institution that by its very definition represents brute lethal force. This remains one of the more obvious residual effects of the historical Christian influence on Western civilization.
(Military establishments outside the West do not invest billions of dollars creating “smart bombs” in order to minimize civilian casualties or have “rules of engagement.” Other cultures care little about such things and some even target non-combatants as an “acceptable” tactic in warfare. But I digress.)
This Memorial Day I encourage us all to pay homage to those who have given all they have for the un-merited benefit of so many. To Matthew and Ryan Miller and so many others, we owe a great debt, which we can only pay in remembrance. One of the ways we remember them is to preserve the ideals and values which they fought to defend and pass them along to our children. Secondly, we teach them to remember those who have given so much for their benefit.
In the same way we also remember the One who gave of Himself for the “un-merited benefit of so many.” To Him our debt we cannot pay so instead we surrender the entirety of our being to Him and cast ourselves upon His redeeming work and amazing grace. If we truly honor Christ as Lord then we will pass His “ideals and values” on to our children and teach them to remember His great sacrifice for them. The responsibility for transmitting truth and virtue from one generation to the next lies in the hands of the passing generation. May we be faithful in both instances!
S. Michael Craven is the Founding Director of the Center for Christ & Culture, a ministry of the National Coalition for the Protection of Children & Families. The Center for Christ & Culture is dedicated to the reformation and renewal of society through the reformation and renewal of the Church. For more information on the Center for Christ & Culture, additional resources, and other works by S. Michael Craven visit: www.battlefortruth.org
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