The Westboro Baptist Church Would any group protest funerals, why? Protesting funerals, thanking God for dead soldiers, and desecrating the American flag are all practices that would never even enter the mind of an average person. These concepts are so outrageous that most people are unable to think of a logical explanation for how someone could possibly do these things. These practices are not common, but one church has succeeded to blow the minds of the average American citizen. The Westboro Baptist Church consisting of only 70 members and led by Fred Phelps, has become notorious for its beliefs and methods of making its beliefs known (Anti-Defamation League).
This was the type of warfare that the American’s were not use to fighting in. they were use to conventional wars were you could see the opposition, not hiding in the forest. They also used booby traps that were everywhere so a lot of American troops got injured. However, the failure of the American tactics could be classed as another reason that the American forces pulled out of Vietnam. The operation ‘search and destroy’ failed, as the idea of it was to go into villages and interrogate the villagers and torch their homes.
This shows us that the soldiers are too young and inexperienced to fight in war. The words and repetition of “dead dead dead” highlights the reality of death and is common to happen if the soldiers don’t follow his strict and harsh commands. To summarise, in ‘Homecoming’ and ‘Weapons Training’, Bruce Dawe wants us to review our opinions towards innocent soldiers being taken to war. He questions us if he really wants our soldiers to be cold blooded killers, and be locked up in society for using the skills they have learned. These men were recruited and were not asked to go to war, yet they are treated with no respect.
There is no glory, it is impossible that soldiers sacrificing themselves to attend the whole of war. Harrison despites in the novel that illustrate behavior, survival at any time, thoughts of the soldiers of others; make the reader consider deeply what the ideas the Harrison presents. There is no heroism in the war causing the soldiers have no stake to devote their life, even though they have no experiences to attack in the first bombarment. For axample, in chapter 2 the narrator sign ‘I can find nothing to appease my terror’. Even though the narrtor do not believe in God but also begins to pray”God-God-please.” The soldiers just crawl over in the trenches and finding the safe places even there is no place to avoid the bombarment.
I do believe that Thomas Preston was innocent,he couldn't and wouldn't have given that order to shoot because he was directly in the line of fire. The troops did fire without his orders. Eleven people were hit,several by ricochet. Preston ordered them to stop firing which they did. Three died at the scene and two died later.
Sources A, B and E exemplify that. Source A suggests that legislations prevented demonstrations by the phrase ‘authorities of Manchester were not likely to permit’ which implies that the authorities were not reasonable and that there were prior laws or rules that meant that marching/demonstrating was not permitted. Source A is a reliable source as it is written by S. Bamford, a moderate radical, who freely criticised not just the government but fellow reformers, who was also an eye witness to many events such as Peterloo and the March of the Blanketeers. Bamford who was there at the time of these uprising had firsthand knowledge and so knew what he was talking about therefore Source A is a reliable source. Source B also implies that legislations prevented demonstrations and the spread of ideology as it is about an execution.
The fact that he uses Proctor's church attendance as an argument, is very irrelevant to the case itself. One can easily perceive that Parris had to use this because he had no other argument to make. Additionally, Parris uses a faulty appeal to popularity and a double bind, in order to undermine the argument from the defense. Parris claimed that Francis Nurse's petition was a clear attack on the court on the grounds that, "All innocent and Christian people are happy for the courts in Salem! These people are gloomy for it.
By being a different race, worshipping another religion, or by looking a different way, people are raised to be culturally accepting of others. Being born into a place such as Waknuk, people are raised into believing there is only “one true image” of God. David Strorm lives his life in fear, too worried to tell his religious parents about his telepathic powers. “The ways of the world were very puzzling,” (Wyndham, 14). Many would argue that the people of Waknuk are very judgemental in the way they view others but who are we to criticize when we are no different.
The Westboro Baptist Church believes that all military personnel are being punished by being killed because the military tolerates homosexuality. Phelps and his band of followers contacted the local authority and were placed at a location approximately 1,000 feet from the funeral service. They held signs reading “God Hates Fags,” “Thank God for Dead Soldiers,” “God Hates the USA,” and “Thank God for IEDs.” None of the picketers moved from the designated area, entered the church property or went to the cemetery. They did not yell or use profanity, and there was no violence used with the picketing. On October 6, 2010, Snyder filed a suit against Phelps and his fellow picketers in the United States District Court for the District of Maryland under the court’s diversity jurisdiction.
Rife with condemnations of the mob lynchings that were becoming the norm in the 70's, the editorials pointed out that these victims of vigilante justice received no trials and that the crimes they were accused of were never investigated. The editorials went a step further to suggest that most of those killed this way were probably innocent. But in the terror of that moment, editorials were of little use to the man running for his life and would do little to placate the angry horde. My aunt dragged me along behind the crowd that swept past us. The man stood in the middle of the clearing facing the elders while the crush of people pressed around them.