Why I Agree With The Westboro Baptist Church (In a Way)

September 7, 2015

You know me. I have always had total respect for everyone’s beliefs. When it comes to gay marriage I have been a supporter for over 20 years, so when the U.S Supreme Court decided to make it legal all over the United States, I was happy, to say the least.

However, that doesn’t mean I am some sort of zealot. I believe people have the right to disagree with that point all they want. You will never hear me go on a tirade about people who have a different belief system. The Church shouldn’t be legally forced to perform gay marriages, in much the same way as people shouldn’t be forced to go to church. Individuals and organisations will believe what they want and others will choose whether to associate with them or not.

Hypocrisy in Action

However, that doesn’t mean that arguments don’t need to be challenged. And that is why this week I found myself on the same side as the Westboro Baptist Church. You know, the guys who say that “God hates fags” and who troll serviceman’s funerals

Now before anyone goes ape shit, hear me out. I am sure we have all heard about the Kentucky county clerk who has been banged up for refusing to hand out marriage certificates to gay people. Well, that policy was never going to end well. There is a difference between having beliefs and actually being allowed to break the law.

Kim Davis has gained a lot of support over her stance. Those backers say that she can’t be forced to go against her religious beliefs. Remember, the bible says that this stuff shouldn’t be going on.

Enter the Westboro Baptist Church and their own form of radicalism. In a social media campaign AGAINST Mrs Davis, they pointed out that she is in fact, a hypocrite.

Referring to Jeremiah 3:20 — the King James version of which reads, “Surely as a wife treacherously departeth from her husband, so have ye dealt treacherously with me, O house of Israel, saith the LORD” the group exposed the fact that Davis had been divorced THREE times, and is remarried.

“Get this straight: you can NOT repent of a sin you actively live. Kim must leave that man who’s not her husband,” the organization said on Twitter.

To highlight the fact that they in no way have any sympathy for the ‘plight’ of Kim Davis, they also stated.

“Proud adulterers who divorce/remarry and refuse to call it a sin are no more a WBC member than a proud fag.”

Right, Even When You are Wrong

Now it could be argued that the Westboro Baptist Church are an intolerant bunch. However, they have struck on something quite important here.

A lot of these religious sorts justify their homophobia with quotations from the bible. However, there is so much more stuff in there that they just choose to ignore. The fact that Kim Davis can go on about being such a exponent of the teachings of the bible, yet get divorced three times is actually laughable.

That isn’t to say that divorce is wrong. I believe Jesus did exist (whether he was the son of God, I will leave that up to the individual) and he was a nice fella who went around saying we should all be good to each other. I’m not sure he was into bigotry and hatred, and would have though that as long as you were decent you could enter the house of the Lord. I’m not sure there is a meeting at the gates of St Peter where he asks if you got divorced, or whether you loved someone of the same sex all your life. Then if you answer wrong, you get cast down into the fiery pits of hell.

However, if people are going to start using the religious arguments against gay marriage they need to start reading the good book a bit more carefully, and live my the strict rules found there.

Hopefully, this whole gay marriage debate can lead to a wider debate on tolerance and how we treat our fellow man.

After agreeing with the Westboro Baptist Church, I will now take this opportunity to have a shower.

Martin Ward
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