Just about two weeks after a gunman killed 12 people and wounded nearly 60 in an attack at a movie theater in Aurora, Colorado, the horror of terrorism has once again struck American people and their lives. Unfortunately, this time the target of this brutality has been the Sikh Community of Wisconsin.
The priests had gathered in the lobby of the sprawling Sikh temple in suburban Milwaukee, and lunch was being prepared as congregants arrived for Sunday services. Instead of worshippers, though, an armed man stepped through the door and started firing. The incident which is being termed as a case of domestic terrorism claimed seven lives including the shooter and has left many more critically injured.
The police did not release any details about the gunman or the possible motive behind the shooting, beyond raising the prospect of terrorism committed by a white male in his forties. However, unlike police officials members of Westboro Baptist Church were extremely active in tweeting their religious opinions about the tragic incident.
Just when news about the incident was being aired Margie Phelps of Westboro Baptist Church took to Twitter, "God sent another shooter?" three hours later daughter of Westboro’s Pastor Fred Phelps Jr. followed up with additional tweets stressing that the church warned people to ‘stop proud sinning’.
With proud sinning she probably meant the increasing homosexuality in American society since most of their protests have been about the problems United States is facing is an outcome for its tolerance of homosexuality. The Phelps clan recently threatened to picket the memorial vigil for the victims of Aurora shootings and have been restricted by the Congress from picketing the funerals of American soldiers.
With the Phelps clan and Westboro Baptist Church proactively participating in the process, it is expected that a new hate movement against homosexuals as the root cause of all menace will emerge. At the same time, it is important to mention here that with the declining popularity of Westboro Church because of their hatful messages, they will definitely use the incident to reinstate their reputation as humanity lovers.
It can easily be recalled that the last military protest arranged by Westboro Baptist Church was quite successfully countered by zombie demonstrators.