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 Melvinotis on August 21, 2013 at 5:27pm
According to Ford Prefect in "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy", the Earth is "mostly harmless".
Comment by matt.clerke on August 21, 2013 at 6:59pm

hehe, I had not heard of fagnostics before. I wonder how WBC feels about scientology.... I think it's time for god to hate someone other than gays.

Comment by _Robert_ on August 21, 2013 at 7:07pm

She could use a serious makeover.

Comment by Logan D on August 21, 2013 at 8:21pm

That is what happens to your hair when you don't let gay people touch it.

Comment by Strega on August 21, 2013 at 8:24pm

@Logan - Would that go for the colour co-ordinated shoes, too?

Comment by Simon Paynton on August 21, 2013 at 8:43pm

She certainly thinks about fags a lot.  Just saying 

Comment by Willson Stoner on August 21, 2013 at 9:04pm

Let's not forget that these are the folks who like to go to the funerals of dead soldiers to tell the loved ones that they, and god, are glad that the deceased is dead. That's not harmless, its hurtful and disgusting. Hate isn't harmless. These clowns help other bigots believe that their bigotry is just and proper. Do I have to explain the results of this bigotry? The inequality, the suicides, the murders! Harmless? Really?

Comment by Unseen on August 21, 2013 at 9:10pm

@Willson Stoner (great surname, by the way) - They are harmless in the sense that nobody takes them seriously.

Comment by Willson Stoner on August 21, 2013 at 10:25pm

Nobody with half a brain takes them seriously. Unfortunately the world is full of stupid people.

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.


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