Comment roundup 2/8.

Sitting in Ohare airport (my favorite place on earth – thank you, TSA, for protecting the world from my mouthwash) on my way to the North Texas Secular Convention, I saw this comment.

The Westboro Baptist Church is not affiliated with any known Baptist convention or associations but is part of Phelps-Chartered Co., the Phelps family’s law firm. This is a family of lawyers using this “god hates you” thing to make money. It is time for this scam and the hate to end. They are NOT what they say they are! THEY ARE NOT A church, THIS IS A HATE GROUP!!

You act like those two things are mutually exclusive; as if a church cannot be a hate group.  News flash, bucko: lots of people hate in the name of god.  And the people who believe god wants them to make others suffer are no more right than the ones who believe god wants them to make others happy.  It’s faith both ways.  Once you open the door to doing things for bad reasons, people do not only do good things for bad reasons.

You can point at the WBC and say they lack compassion, but that can be said of lots of religious people (and their churches).  But make no mistake: the WBC has daily bible study, they pray constantly, and they know their faith backwards and forwards.  They love the lord.  They’re a church.  It turns out that faith doesn’t make people more moral.  In fact, it often convinces them that the most base, ugly ideas are getting a cosmic thumbs up from the only opinion in the universe that matters.

What’s more, Christians and other religious people make up almost the entirety of the anti-gay rights movement.  All of it.  Show me someone in the United States who doesn’t think gays should get equal rights, and I’ll show you someone who loves their holy book and makes it the center of their life.  Saying they “love the sinner” doesn’t make them any less deleterious to the rights and happiness of others than the WBC.

Also, find your fucking caps lock key.  Then it will only be your crummy logic speaking for your intellectual prowess.  Capital letters and extra exclamation points don’t make your point look erudite or passionate, it makes you look like you’re throwing a tantrum.

About JT Eberhard

When not defending the planet from inevitable apocalypse at the rotting hands of the undead, JT is a writer and public speaker about atheism, gay rights, and more. He spent two and a half years with the Secular Student Alliance as their first high school organizer. During that time he built the SSA’s high school program and oversaw the development of groups nationwide. JT is also the co-founder of the popular Skepticon conference and served as the events lead organizer during its first three years.


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