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Westboro Baptist Church and the Evil WithinMarianne Skolek Salem-News.com
And I’m proud to be an American, where at least I know I’m free.
(MYRTLE BEACH, S.C.) - I am deviating from my usual writing of articles on the criminal activities of the pharmaceutical industry and their funded pain societies to write about something that happened today in my new hometown of Myrtle Beach, S.C.
Members of the Westboro Baptist Church located in Topeka, Kansas came to picket in front of our high schools.
In case you are not familiar with the Westboro Baptist Church, or WBC, they are the small group of parasites who chant outside of funerals for our military heroes -- spewing hatred for our military as well as gays, blacks, Jews, Catholics and President Obama.
There were 5 picketers from WBC -- 3 adults and 2 children carrying picket signs with painted messages condemning all the people who they say will be banished to hell. When they arrived in Myrtle Beach in front of Socastee High School this morning, they were greeted with true southern hospitality.
Over 100 people lined the highway across from the high school holding signs tastefully written about peace and love.
A sound system blared the song "I am proud to be an American."
Students from the high school were positioned at one end of the street singing "God Bless America." A young man who I talked with said his name was Daniel.
He was 20 years old with a long pony tail. Told me he was going to join "The Corps" and wanted to fly helicopters.
I took his picture and he remarked "You're probably taking the last picture of me with my pony tail before I go to boot camp." He was going to serve his country so we could have the freedoms so many others before him fought to give us.
Recently Westboro posted on their website --
"GOD HATES AMERICA & IS KILLING OUR TROOPS IN HIS WRATH.
Military funerals have become pagan orgies of idolatrous blasphemy,
This message to be preached in respectful, lawful proximity to the
Sgt. Lamar gave his life for the Constitutional right of WBC to warn
Socastee High School 4900 Socastee Blvd. WBC will make a stop at
(Ramblings and misspellings as well as grammatical
It appears that by the WBC posting "Sgt. Lamar gave his life for the Constitutional right of WBC to warn America", they are using our dead military heroes for their own twisted agenda.
I wonder if the words "treason" or "hate crimes" should ring in their ears.
Maybe our wonderful county police in Myrtle Beach who lined the streets this morning should send a bill to the WBC for having to "baby-sit" these 5 individuals.
I positioned myself near the 5 picketers from WBC and listened for at least a half hour to their disgusting chants against our country, its people and our military.
I stared at a sign being held by a woman painted with the words -- Pray for more dead soldiers. I thought of young Daniel who would be leaving for boot camp to defend our country -- and I made my move as they were packing up.
I asked if I could take a picture of one of the women. Her image is above, the main image for this story.
She placed her signs in front of her face and I said as sweetly as I could -- "Oh no I want to have your face in the picture."
She removed the signs from in front of her face and as I snapped my picture -- I said -- "I always wanted to take a picture of a sewer rat."
As I walked away, she angrily shouted "You are a skanky whore and you will burn in hell." Shortly after as I drove off, I passed Daniel with his girl friend and we waved to each other.
I thought -- "Stay safe my friend -- you have a nation of people indebted to you." Since I'm sure the 5 individuals from WBC will not be able to fully enjoy their stay in Myrtle Beach by meeting the wonderful people who live here -- and our beautiful beach -- may I suggest the Westboro Baptist Church take a bit of a break -- a vacation. I suggest hiking in Iran and a stay at the "Hotel Evin" in Tehran.
You can learn a great deal more about America's war casualties by visiting Q Madp's site: IraqWarheroes.org
Salem-News.com Reporter Marianne Skolek, is an Activist for Victims of OxyContin throughout the United States and Canada. In July 2007, she testified against Purdue Pharma in Federal Court in Virginia at the sentencing of their three CEO's who pled guilty to charges of marketing OxyContin as less likely to be addictive or abused to physicians and patients. She also testified against Purdue Pharma at a Judiciary Hearing of the U.S. Senate in July 2007. Marianne works with government agencies and private attorneys in having a voice for her daughter Jill, who died in 2002 after being prescribed OxyContin, as well as the voice for scores of victims of OxyContin. She has been involved in her work for the past 7-1/2 years and is currently working on a book that exposes Purdue Pharma for their continued criminal marketing of OxyContin.
Marianne is a nurse having graduated in 1991 as president of her graduating class. She also has a Paralegal certification. Marianne served on a Community Service Board for the Courier News, a Gannet newspaper in NJ writing articles predominantly regarding AIDS patients and their emotional issues. She was awarded a Community Service Award in 1993 by the Hunterdon County, NJ HIV/AIDS Task Force in recognition of and appreciation for the donated time, energy and love in facilitating a Support Group for persons with HIV/AIDS.
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