Okay, so it's been a long time since I've visited this site, so it's safe to assume that I'm sufficiently pissed enough to waste my time bitching here (and I figured this would be a good enough rant to get a good number of you talking). You may or may not have heard of the Kansas preacher Fred Phelps, who gained notoriety back in 1998 for protesting at a funeral for the gay kid in Wyoming who was beaten to death. Well he's been doing that sort of thing for decades, protesting gays and AIDS-infected individuals at their funerals, and he's recently taken to protesting military funerals as a result of a grudge he's held against them for bombing his church a few years ago. This one hits close to home as yesterday a memorial service was held for Cpl. Carrie French and apparently the dickhead picketed the service, claiming God was punishing her as a result of the aformentioned bombing (which had nothing to do with the person in question). Here's a few reasons I'm pissed about this: in the first place, the religious right is supposed to be in support of the military (although military service quite often results in breaking that thing about "Thou shalt not kill", but I guess that doesn't matter unless you're killing someone who prays to the same invisible man you do). Secondly, the prick acts like he knows God personally. I think if I was God, I would be embarrassed and ashamed to have an asshole like this representing me. At these public funerals, the authorities can't do anything about him badmouthing the person in question. Regardless of first amendment rights, I don't think anyone should be protesting at a goddamn funeral procession. It's extremely ****ing disrespectful and if I was a family member of one of the soldiers, I'd probably split his head open with a baseball bat. You didn't hear anyone protesting Reagan's funeral, and he was hated by many. I'm not even going to go into his "God Hates ****" campaign because I'm already pissed enough as it is, but these military protests are fueled by nothing more than a personal vendetta. **** him.