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I watched the BBC docco on the Phelps and the Westborough Baptist Church

Several points.

  • I feel sadness for his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. Most of them will never be able to function outside of their compound.
  • It took almost four hours for me to watch the entire one hour docco – I kept having to stop it when the – I’m not sure what to call it – got overwhelming.
  • I literally feel sick to my stomach now.
  • After seeing Fred “firsthand” so to speak, I am even more convinced now that the man probably has issues.

Why did I watch? For the same reason that I make it a point to understand the religious beliefs of my friends who are members of different religions. If you don’t make the effort to understand that which is different, then how can you ever hope to find common ground and learn to respect and celebrate your differences? I have to hope that some day, some way, those people can find peace.

I will say though, that now that I have watched it – I don’t think I will ever be able to force myself to suffer through it again. It is just too much.

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