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former wbc member apologizes to mother of fallen soldier.

Posted by on Feb. 14, 2013 at 12:50 PM
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A former member of the Westboro Baptist Church--a fringe group based in Topeka, Kansas that pickets soldiers' funerals--apologized to the mother of a 21-year-old soldier killed in Afghanistan on a talk show Wednesday.Libby Phelps Alvarez, the former Westboro member, apologized to Sherry and Randy Wyatt for picketing the funerals of fallen soldiers like their son on Anderson Live Wednesday. Alvarez is the granddaughter of Fred Phelps, the group's founder, and has recently left the group. (Other members of the shrinking group have recently publicly defected as well.)"I just feel sad...and, I'm sorry," Alvarez said. "I thought I was doing the right thing...but I was just hurting people."Westboro protesters set up picket lines outside funerals, holding signs that say soldiers are killed in action as a punishment for the existence of homosexuality. The Supreme Court ruled in 2011 that the Westboro group has a First Amendment right to protest at the funerals."Our son died to ensure freedom of assembly, to ensure freedom of speech, to ensure freedoms for those that are white, black, gay, straight, rich, poor," Sherry Wyatt said to Alvarez.Wyatt thanked her local community for showing up at her son's July 21 funeral in Columbia, Missouri to form a wall of support between her family and any protesters. Wyatt's son, Sterling Wyatt, died July 11 in Kandahar province from an improvised explosive device while on patrol, according to the Columbia Daily Tribune."We had thousands stand shoulder to shoulder in 105 degree heat," she said. "We had businesses bringing in water, we had our American Legion Auxiliary cooking hot dogs, we had people setting up health stations because of the heat. That's community, that is church."

http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/lookout/former-westboro-protester-apologizes-mother-slain-soldier-152326906.html?.tsrc=yahoo


Would you accept her apology? I definitely would. I think it's very big and humble of her to do so.
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WesternNYmom
by Silver Member on Feb. 14, 2013 at 12:54 PM

I saw the show. I thought she was really sincere, and regretted her past actions. I would definately accept her apology.

jllcali
by Jane on Feb. 14, 2013 at 12:57 PM
I think she did they right thing. I wouldn't judge the parents if they told her to fuck off though.
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ashellbell
by shellbark on Feb. 14, 2013 at 12:58 PM
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I really wouldn't either, but at the same time, people have to understand this girl was brainwashed. I really don't think she knew just how bad her actions were.


Quoting jllcali:

I think she did they right thing. I wouldn't judge the parents if they told her to fuck off though.

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WesternNYmom
by Silver Member on Feb. 14, 2013 at 1:27 PM

 

Exactly. She was acting how she was taught to act by her family.  I think it is great that she was able to seperate herself from her family's influence and think for herself.

Quoting ashellbell:

I really wouldn't either, but at the same time, people have to understand this girl was brainwashed. I really don't think she knew just how bad her actions were.


Quoting jllcali:

I think she did they right thing. I wouldn't judge the parents if they told her to fuck off though.


 

MeAndTommyLee
by Gold Member on Feb. 14, 2013 at 1:34 PM

I commend her for finding it within herself to stand up and leave that group, and turn around and publicly denounce them.  Apologizing to this couple was a true act of contrition and kindness.  It must have been difficult for the couple, but it needed to be said.  Anyone turning their back on hate is a keeper in my eyes.

lizzielouaf
by Gold Member on Feb. 14, 2013 at 1:34 PM
Sometimes forgiveness takes time. I would definitely need to take a little time to process it but I would like to think I'd get there.
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glitterteaz
by Ruby Member on Feb. 14, 2013 at 2:37 PM
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She cried off and on through the whole interview when she spoke of the wrong they did. I would forgive her She was sincere.

pamelax3
by Gold Member on Feb. 14, 2013 at 3:43 PM

 I agree


Quoting MeAndTommyLee:

I commend her for finding it within herself to stand up and leave that group, and turn around and publicly denounce them.  Apologizing to this couple was a true act of contrition and kindness.  It must have been difficult for the couple, but it needed to be said.  Anyone turning their back on hate is a keeper in my eyes.


 

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