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2010-12-01 / Letters to the Editor

‘Anti-war’ not best term for protestors

I am writing in response to the article which appeared in the Bee regarding the Patriot Guard Riders, a group of veterans, motorcyclists and others who attend the funerals of members of the U.S. armed forces at the invitation of the deceased’s family.

The article referenced an occasion where an “anti-war group” in Kansas decided to protest outside the funeral home of a soldier killed in action. I believe the group it was referring to was not an anti-war group, but rather members of the Westboro Baptist Church in Topeka, Kan., who claimed that the deaths of U.S. soldiers abroad were inflicted by God to punish the United States for its acceptance of gays and lesbians.

I believe the Patriot Guard Riders were formed in response to this fanatical group showing up at soldiers’ funerals. In current times, the only anti-war protests I have seen have included prayers and lit candles for soldiers and nothing but support and love for them.
Jody Okonczak

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