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Op-Ed: Westboro Baptist Church Plans To Picket Ledger Funeral

By KJ Mullins     Jan 23, 2008 in World
The hate group masquerading as a church, Westboro Baptist Church has plans to picket Heath Ledger's funeral. They are saying his portrayal of a gay man in the movie Brokeback Mountain means that the actor is damned.
As Trans World News reports:“God hates the, tacky bucket of slime seasoned with womit known as Brokeback Mountain and he hates all persons having anything whatsoever to do with it,” the church writes on a flyer.To picket a man who acted in a movie is in complete bad taste but it seems that it's the way of this group. By pretending to be a church they raise hate to a new level.
Heath Ledger was an actor. Actors that have merit tend to pick roles that are difficult and stretch their abilities. Ledger had begun to prove that this was the type of actor he wanted to be remembered as. He didn't play the easy characters, the part of Ennis in Brokeback Mountain is a prime example. It is also an example of why some people of different sexual orientation live inside their closets not allowing the rest of the world to know their true nature.
Groups such as this Westboro Baptist Church use religion as a means to spread hate. By saying they will protest an actor's funeral, saying that a father is already damned, they show the rest of the world how spiteful a group they are.
There is a time and a place to be ugly and spiteful. Okay, there really isn't a time for those qualities but at a man's funeral is one time to set aside hatred and allow for families and friends to gather without the pain of a picket sign.
Mr. Ledger deserves that. His child deserves that.
Rest in peace, Heath, at least you do not have to deal with this type of hate any longer.
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