This is inspired by the “Let’s paint a rainbow house across from the Westboro Church” meme on Facebook from several weeks ago, as well as the newest “Let’s whine about WBC threatening to picket the funerals in Boston” meme. I have avoided writing about this hate group in the past. I’ve hesitated mentioning them on any social media, or even discussing them aloud around anyone I know. I won’t even show a photo of them here or link to any site where you can read about them. I have an understanding about them I feel many well-intentioned people do not, so I want to share that now.
I know this is a few days behind the curve, but I have my reasons. At first, my reaction to this little display was one of indifference. “About time!” and “Duh!” were my only thoughts on the subject. When the video as a whole finally sank into my subconscious, the righteous indignation began to take form.
So this is a continuation of the conversation I cut and pasted into my previous post, Out of the Republican Closet: A Response. The conversation delves further into this homophobic douchebag’s delusions of grandeur. I am not mentioning his name this time. Not because I want to protect him, but because I want to minimize any traffic he gets to his blog. Here is our continued exchange, uncensored except for where I corrected some of my typos:
I haven’t made much of an attempt online in recent years to argue the morality of homosexuality. After years of dealing with hateful bigots, I decided instead to cut them out of my life and disengage. Hate is illogical and can’t be reasoned with. But this one set me off and I responded to it.
I am posting my response here, as the author of that blog will most certainly delete my response from his page (funny how facts and common sense are usually censored by narrow-minded bigoted assholes).
It is hard to put into words just how moving this documentary is, and that is coming from someone who usually has something snide and sarcastic to say about most things. Not this time. Anyone who watches this and isn’t moved to tears at some point is made of stone.
Dear Christian Voters,
I respect your right to believe the way you want. Regardless of how I may personally feel about the tenets of your faith, I respect you as individuals. I understand that the Constitution affords us freedom of religion (as well as freedom from religion). I was raised in a religious environment, and some of my closest friends and family are members of the clergy. I realize how important faith is in the lives of most people. I may joke about the extremists within your faith being “KKKristians,” but overall I respect that the crazies no more speak for you than the 9-11 terrorists speak for all Muslims (which is something you should keep in mind, but that’s a different post).
I am not writing this to debate your religious beliefs. I am simply asking that you look closely at the behavior of the leaders within your party and ask yourself if their concern for you and your way of life is genuine. Do they share your values? Or are they exploiting your religious faith to get votes?
I have no intention of debating the morality of homosexuality. I could spend several pages discussing the myriad verses in the bible religious fundamentalists choose to completely ignore, and then demand to know why they use the same book to condemn gays, but I won’t. I also have no intention of debating politics, or claiming that left-leaning centrists are smarter than conservatives. I am simply going to show why—per the right wing Christian worldview—opposition to gay marriage is neither conservative nor Christian.