Beyond Bigotry

A mentally unstable man kills a nine year old child, and a federal judge among others, and seriously wounds a Congresswoman. In response the infamous Westboro Baptist Church said it plans to picket the child’s funeral Thursday’s because “God sent the shooter to deal with idolatrous America.” The fundamentalist church has picketed many military funerals to draw attention to its view that the deaths are God’s punishment for the nation’s tolerance of homosexuality.

For starters it is obvious these people are bigots regarding homosexuality at best. But worse than that is they also believe God to be evil and monstrous. How else could one describe arranging the death of innocent people and the effects on their friends and family just to get the attention of others? They are saying that God used someone who is mentally disturbed to kill innocent people in order to make the United States aware of an evil. There is no other description for that than monstrous. They attribute to a loving God characteristics we would despise in another human being. Isn’t causing suffering and death of the innocent a larger evil than the supposed sin they are protesting? And using evil to end evil will never work. It is like hitting to end violence – the theory behind it is obviously flawed.

These people are more interested in publicity than compassion; more interested in their understanding of righteousness than in following the instructions and example of the lord whom they claim to serve. God sent neither the shooter nor these harbingers of fear, bigotry and intolerance.


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The Rev Don Hill is an Episcopal priest, rail fan and writer. He and his wife the Rev. Dr. Nancy Woodworth-Hill are currently Co-Pastors of St Paul's Episcopal Church, Jeffersonville IN, in the Diocese of Indianapolis. They also work as parish consultants in Appreciative Inquiry, strategic planning and spirituality development for parishes and vestries.
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One Response to Beyond Bigotry

  1. Judith Bailey says:

    Thanks for your thoughts on a very difficult event. Actually, I had not heard of this planned protest, but feel, as you do, that it is ridiculous. While I fully know that God never promises us an easy life, seeing a 9 year old lose her life like this is really tough to face. Why a child? Why anyone, for that matter? Why do many people not have respect for life? Why can’t problems be solved without killing, or other forms of violence? Too many questions for me to think about all at once. I pray for strength and courage to serve and grow in faith.

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