Friday Ramblings with Robert
An Absolute Disgrace
When the soldiers who die for this country come home to their final resting place they should be honored and remembered for the service they have given. Staff Sergeant Jason Rogers of Brandon made that ultimate sacrifice for this country and instead of allowing his family to honor and grieve his loss, one extremist group will try on Saturday to disrupt his funeral and stage a protest. The members of Westboro Baptist Church in Topeka, KS are no strangers to many as they have made it a mission to go around to protest at funerals for fallen soldiers. Sadly, the leader of this radical group, Fred Phelps, is actually from right here in Mississippi, Meridian to be exact. Westboro’s number one issue is with homosexuality and claims that God is having soldiers killed as punishment for this. To prove their point they show up at military funerals with signs that read “Thank God for Dead Soldiers.” Let that sink in and imagine how you would feel if you were at a friend or family member’s funeral after they had just given their life for this country and saw that. The families do not deserve that and I hope that many will show up in support of Staff Sgt. Rogers family and counteract any demonstration that the radicals of Westboro Baptist Church have planned. I understand that the Patriot Guard Riders, a group that travels the country attending military funerals, will be there to show their support and they have a great deal of experience dealing with this group. The funeral will be at 3:00 Saturday at Pinelake Baptist Church on MS 25 (Lakeland Dr.) in Brandon for anyone interested in showing their support for the family by blocking any protest that may occur.
The 3 Judge Panel
We knew it could eventually come to this and now we have our 3 judge panel to handle the redistricting mess. I think we have a pretty fair panel filled with experienced judges who will see this thing through to a fair result. Sure they were all appointed by Republican presidents, but keep in mind judges are held to a high standard and should not play party politics from the bench. Obviously nobody really wins when something like this heads to a panel of judges, but the best we can hope for is a fair outcome and I think at the end of the day this group of judges will do just that.