As most of you in the Virginia area already know, the Westboro Baptist Church (WBC) is coming to town. If you are not familiar with them, they’re the group who hates pretty much everyone. Are you gay? They hate you. Are you Jewish? Hate. Are you in the military? Hate. Are you a human being who isn’t in the WBC? Hate.
They’re controversy goes beyond their hate. Many people believe that they are a scam looking to sue the counter-protesters that they antagonize to make money. Others believe that they are just in it for the publicity.
I’m not sure why they do it. I imagine that any of the reasons — hate, money, fame –must make it difficult to look at themselves in the mirror. Even in my little day-to-day resentments, I get so sick and unhappy inside. I can’t fathom how uncomfortable they must be in their own skin to spend their days hurting others in the name of God.
I will be attending the silent protest at the Virginia Holocaust Museum today. And I will be praying for the victims of the WBC’s hate. Praying for those who are hated for their beliefs. Those who are hated for whom they love. And those who are hated for what they do.
But I will also be praying for the WBC. And not for God to strike them down. I will be praying that God holds them close. The God of my understanding loves us all. No matter what. So I will be praying that they can feel that love. Because all the hate and money and fame can’t take away the darkness. But I believe that God’s love can.
If a silent protest is not your cup of tea, there is a more raucous protest at VCU at 1:30. And you can also donate to Pennies in Protest which will donate the money to the places targeted by the WBC’s hate protests. Thank you for your presence, donations and prayers.