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Monday, August 20, 2012 8:42 AM

The power of social media never ceases to amaze me. It’s like the old shampoo commercial: and they told 2 friends, and they told 2 friends … Well, with Facebook, it’s more like this: and they told 500 friends, and they told 500 friends ….

Many of you have heard of the Baptist church in Kansas that sends its members out to protest at the funerals of those who have died for their freedom to do so. It’s kind of ironic if you think about it.

A local hero’s funeral made their list and it spread like wildfire through Facebook and Twitter. If you read it carefully, it does not say they are coming here. It is an invitation for those who share the same mindset to show up if they are so inclined.

I’m sure they have people whose job it is to scour obituaries all over the country for servicemen and women. The group has made national news many times for its demonstrations at funerals.

I have a hard time watching them without getting a little ticked myself. To me it seems so disrespectful in any case. Loved ones are trying to find closure. This is the final moments the family has with their loved one. It shouldn’t be marred by people who don’t have their best interests at heart. Those last moments should be shared by friends and family.

There may be some who agree. That’s OK. There may be some who will disagree. That’s OK, too. That’s what it’s all about.
What I find a bit curious is the fact that they don’t show up at the burial of a serial killer or a rapist or a child molester. The philosophy confuses me. If they think our country is so lost in our belief system, wouldn’t they find satisfaction in the end of those guilty of such heinous crimes against humanity?

Seems this is not the case.

I applaud the show of support and solidarity for one of our own who has given so much to this country. His memory should reflect the same.

What I don’t want to see happen is the people who are so willing to step up and shield the family from what seems like a direct attack become a disruption for them during this time of need. I want them to know we all feel their pain and are sorry and are thinking about them and hoping they can find peace.

A lot of time and energy is spent on the negative. We all worry too much about what everyone else is doing and not enough about what we are contributing to the world. If we all spent a little more time trying to find out what we can do to help each other instead of pushing our agenda on everyone, we would live in a better place.

That is my little soapbox speech.

Now …

On the flip side, if someone does show up uninvited to protest the funeral of a dedicated serviceman, they may have a little surprise. Delphos takes care of its own and if you mess with one of us, you pretty much mess with us all.

This probably should have ended a few paragraphs sooner but I couldn’t resist. This group sets my teeth on edge and you know what? That’s OK. They probably wouldn’t like me much either. That’s OK, too.


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