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Today, I am proud to live in Columbia

About an hour ago, around 5000 people started forming a wall of love and support for local hero Spc. Sterling Wyatt.  He was 21 years old, and he died July 11, 2012, in Afghanistan while serving our country.  Today, his family and friends will honor him and lay him to rest.

Unfortunately, a hate group whose name I will not even mention because I do not want to sully my blog with it is coming to protest the funeral.  They rejoice when our soldiers die, and they claim that God hates the United States because we do not punish people for being homosexuals.

Now, I don’t claim to speak for God, but I do know what I’ve read in the Bible says that what that group is doing is wrong on multiple levels.  As long as what a person does doesn’t hurt children or animals, it’s between them and God–it’s none of my business.  Besides, if God were really punishing the US for not persecuting people for being homosexuals, He would also be punishing lots of other countries who not only don’t punish homosexuals, but also permit homosexuals to marry, raise children, and go about their business peacefully. Oddly enough, those countries seem to be doing pretty well compared to the US, so their “logic” is not only ridiculous–it’s flawed on the most fundamental level.

Anyway, these people are coming to spread their message of hate, and they, of course, advertised that they were doing so and passed out information about it.

And once they got word of it, the City of Columbia, as a community, rose up and said, “We’re not having it.”  This group is still coming, but organizers got word out, and over 5000 people over two events posted on Facebook alone (not counting what measures may have been taken by word-of-mouth or other social media outlets) have said that they will stand as a living, peaceful shield of love and support between Sterling Wyatt’s loved ones and this group of hatemongers.  Organizers have asked all of the people showing up to wear red, to stand quietly and respectfully, and to ignore the group in question no matter what they do.

I am proud of my community.  People of all ages, shapes, sizes, genders, ethnicities, political affiliations, and belief systems are standing together as one today.  Today, we have put our differences aside as a community and stood strong together in the face of hate.  Together, we will show this group that love, respect, peace, and community will triumph over hate and evil.

Today this group will see the face of God in our community.  Whether they will continue to turn away and blaspheme the Heavenly Father with their hate is entirely up to them

But today, they (and we) will see what love can do.

May everyone learn from this day.

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