For those of us who have struggled to understand issues of sexual orientation and gender identification, the issues are complex. But if you’re sitting on the fence, just watch the videos of the smirking faces of Westboro Baptist members picketing and yelling at the funeral of the gay Marine killed in Iraq. Turn off the volume and watch the faces and body language. Then ask yourself which of these people you most respect. As an undecided, watch the picketers. It’s pretty clear I would not want to be on their side of this question. The public image they portray of Christianity is revulsive. P
Justices have upheld their freedom of speech. The fundamentalist church has said they will only increase their funeral protest “ministry.” Ministry is now defined as making signs that say, “God hates you.”
When faced with a moral dilemma, I have decided more and more over the years to side with the underdog, the outnumbered, the overpowered and oppressed. The older I get the more suspicious I become of moralists. Too often they use their high horse to garner privileges for themselves and marginalize the outsider. It becomes a question of the heart of Jesus’ movement. Was it a movement about moral purity or eating with outcasts?
Motorcycle groups are now showing up at funerals to protect mourners from the fundamentalist protesters. I don’t know about you, but if I have to choose, I will throw in with the motorcycle folks and those who mourn rather than the inane church protesters. Turn down the volume and go with your gut. What would Jesus do?