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The funeral of the assassinated abortion doctor, George Tiller, took place yesterday in Wichita, Kan. It brought out about 900 people.

Tiller, one of the nation’s few providers of late-term abortions, was killed by a gunshot last Sunday in the foyer of his own church, Reformation Lutheran, while he was serving as an usher and his wife was singing in the choir. Tiller’s clinic in Wichita was among a few in the U.S. performing third-trimester abortions, and that made it a target of regular protests. Most were peaceful, but his clinic was bombed in 1986. Tiller was also shot in both arms in 1993. Topeka Capital-Journal

What stood out to me about Saturday’s funeral was the small group of protestors who stood outside the church.

17 demonstrators showed up from Westboro Baptist Church, known for picketing soldiers’ funerals to present its message that their deaths are God’s punishment for Americans’ tolerance of homosexuality.

They held signs such as “God sent the shooter” and “Abortion is bloody murder.” Topeka Capital-Journal

I can only imagine God up in heaven saying, why are they bringing me into this? Those crazies are not representing me!

As soon as I saw those pictures, I was like, Whaaaat? Really? You’re standing outside this man’s funeral promoting that God is responsible for his death? No matter what side of the abortion issue you fall on, that’s just so wrong.

What type of church would promote those types of teachings? I just don’t understand. How can the members of Westboro feel for the unborn babies but not for a man who was shot down a week ago while attending church?

Today, I saw that the suspect in the assassination made a call warning of more violence.

Scott Roeder called The Associated Press on Sunday from the Sedgwick County jail where he is being held on charges of first-degree murder and aggravated assault in the death of George Tiller.

Roeder told the AP: “I know there are many other similar events planned around the country as long as abortion remains legal.”

He wouldn’t elaborate. Associated Press

So he just wanted to let people know that more domestic terrorism will occur. Wow. I don’t even know what to say about that. Well, yeah, I do. People are so scared of terrorists coming from abroad, that they don’t even see that these homegrown extremists are capable of the same acts.

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While catching up with a college friend this weekend, she told me about a new guy she’d met. Everything was going fine – that was until after dinner when he told her about his atheist beliefs.

Let’s just say that changed the course of the evening. She was in shock. “I’ve never met a black atheist,” she said. “I could never be with someone who didn’t believe in God.”

“I could be with someone of a different faith,” I replied, but I couldn’t see myself with an atheist either.

We could think of friends or family members we knew who have issues with the Black church. People who just don’t go to church regularly. But no atheists or agnostics.

I wondered: Are there just not that many, or are they just not outspoken about their beliefs because it’s not acceptable in many parts of the black community?

Many of my close male friends are gay, and I always take issue with how homophobic the black community can be. So, I felt some type of way about the fact that I’d never thought about this part of the black community before.

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