Church Hate Group Losers in My Town
This past weekend, our community had a visit from members of the Kansas-based Westboro Baptist Church, who came to picket in front of the Electrolux building and a handful of local churches. Why? Because Electrolux is based in Sweden where same-sex marriages are recognized by the government. (Uh, yeah...vaccum cleaner companies have great influence over their home countries' social policies). And because most Christian churches "enable" homosexuality by teaching that God loves everyone. Lest you think these folks are the garden variety anti-gay group, don't. On their website, they have a count announcing the days that Matthew Shepard has been in hell since his brutal murder several years ago, and the url of their website is www.godhatesfags.com. While there were a few confrontations with them, our community responded with tremendous grace and restraint. One form of silent count-protest used was to carry open umbrellas to use as a shield for blocking the message. There were some random drive-by tomato throwings, and a couple in-your-face incidents, but still, I'd say that shows remarkable restraint, given the virulency of the message. The security guard at our library, himself a conservative baptist preacher, was appalled with church's activities and preached about love Sunday.