So, my school may have finally been targeted and criticized by the last remaining coo coo for coa coa puffs organization in America. Let's see, there is the...

American Family Association...

Family Research Institute...

Parents & Friends of Ex-Gays and Gays...

National Association for Research and Therapy for Homosexuality...

Liberty Council...

Concerned Women for America...

and now...

wait for it...

wait for it...

wait for it...

Westboro Baptist Church!

Yes, Westboro Baptist Church announced today (I guess it was today) that they will be protesting in front North High in Wichita, Kansas. It's set my school abuzz, at least the circles of people that I'm grouped in. Westboro Baptist Church makes a lot of people greatly upset. But in my view, they are a particularly unoffensive church. I have no demands for amends, because I do not feel like I (as a gay person) have ever been harmed by anything the family has done. I understand others may disagree. I understand even they may disagree. But that is OK.

I find Westboro to be unoffensive because they conduct what I think is appropriate business for a Church: they preach. And loudly! And because they do it out of what is to them a feeling of love for their fellow man. "WARN THY NEIGHBOR: REBUKE!" is not a Phelps innovation. It's basic Calvinism.
I may criticize the origin of the doctrine, since I don't believe the Bible, so I consider it (and everything that grows out of it), fictitious. But to call Westboro bigots would be to ignore what I consider to be honest concern for the souls of mankind.

I don't need anyone's concern for my soul, and quite frankly, God as I understand him (she? it?) has no issue whatever with the fact that I'm gay, or fairly agnostic. But Westboro shares, in very plain and easy-to-understand language, that they're concerned I'll going to hell. That's nice of them, I guess. I cheered Westboro's victory in SCOTUS, because it upheld America's obeisance to freedom of speech.

Going to hell is very serious business. I should hope that someone would have the freedom to warn me about it. I should hope that that freedom would trump whether it hurts someone's feelings. I have much harsher words, and feelings, for those Churches that commingle themselves with politics in an ugly way. I have much dislike for those who would seek to have their Truth become not only their belief, but enforced, even upon those who do not share it. I do not share Westboro's beliefs. Any of them. But they have never sought to impose those beliefs upon me, only to share them.

See you on Monday.

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Comment by H3xx on August 22, 2013 at 1:34am

I'd like to get a paintball gun and a big hopper full of rainbow painballs (t withheld by request). Let freedom ring fabulously.

Comment by Brendan on August 22, 2013 at 3:25am

Just outa curiosity isn't holding the flag upside down considered a bad thing? And also fairly sure she is wearing more than two types of fabric. But as far as harmless and the fact that no one takes them seriously they are in the news every other week it seems and they spread hatred on a level that seems almost Naziish so perhaps they should be taken seriously as possible genocidal fuck tards.

Comment by archaeopteryx on August 22, 2013 at 9:23am

An inverted flag, Brendan, comes to us from the days of ships at sea, and is a sign, to others, of distress. The inverted flag of a particular nation, represents the bearer's contention that the nation is in distress.

Comment by Brendan on August 23, 2013 at 5:46pm

ok kool cheers Arch

Comment by archaeopteryx on August 23, 2013 at 6:43pm


Comment by Strega on August 23, 2013 at 7:04pm

I spy, with my little eye, something beginning with "A"

Comment by archaeopteryx on August 23, 2013 at 7:15pm

Ve haf vays of dealing viz pipple like you - you have perhaps rrrelatives living in Chermany?

Comment by Unseen on August 23, 2013 at 8:10pm

I spy, with my little eye, something beginning with "A"

Just a guess: asshole?

Comment by Joe on August 23, 2013 at 9:09pm

I have an idea. We'll empty our jails and prisons of potheads and prostitutes, and fill the void with the willfully ignorant and the intolerant. Good idea? Who's with me?

Comment by Strega on August 23, 2013 at 10:07pm

Is that a general and unspecific comment, Unseen?


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