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Thursday, September 01, 2005

Anti This, Anti That, Anti What?

Recently we posted a piece about the radical anti-gay Westboro Baptist Church who were organising protests at military funerals. It seems these wacko's contend that soldiers are being killed in Iraq as vengeance from God for protecting a country that harbors gays. Unsurprisingly the mainstream media have pretty much ignored the story. Apart from of course ABC's The Sean Hannity Show which rather surprisingly blamed the anti-war left for the protest and worse still it seems it wasn't an 'innocent' mistake.

On the August 30 broadcast of his nationally syndicated radio show, Fox News host Sean Hannity falsely blamed "the anti-war left" for a protest at the August 28 funeral of Sgt. Jeremy Doyle of Indianapolis, who was killed while serving in Iraq. Hannity read excerpts of an article on the website of Indianapolis TV station WISH describing the protest, adding, "I guess this is just another example of how the anti-war left supports our brave troops." In fact, as The Indianapolis Star reported, the protesters were not anti-war liberals but, rather, members of Westboro Baptist Church (WBC) in Topeka, Kansas, who claim that the deaths of U.S. soldiers in Iraq are inflicted by God to punish the United States for its acceptance of gays and lesbians.
From the transcript Hannity says:
Tensions grew before demonstrations [sic: demonstrators] finally left their location right across the street from Army Sgt. Jeremy Doyle's funeral service. According to the group's website, it sees America's -- Americans' deaths in Iraq as a kind of punishment for social misdeeds.
Now if he'd read the the group's website surely he would've noticed that they were an anti-gay protest group? He goes on and repeats the 'reich-wing' mantra.
They traveled across the country to demonstrate against a soldier." And you know something? I guess this is just another example of how the anti-war left supports our brave troops.
No Sean. That's how a nutjob church that's convinced that every evil in the world is based around homosexuality supports our brave troops. Doubt you could be honest enough to mention that though.

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