There are many esteemed jobs in the world. Doctors, mechanics, architects, nuclear physicists – the list goes on. I think though, there is only one position which rates above all else. Those people who have to put up with all of us normal (or not so normal) people when we don’t understand something. Those people who spend their lives learning, so that they can turn around and tell it all to someone else. Those parents who choose not to work outside of the home, who instead spend all of their time working in it. The adults who, now that they are out of school themselves, decide that they’re going to go back and watch countless students pass through every year. The people who spend their days working and their nights doing the same. There are a lot of special people in this world. There are lots of important people. There are too many famous and popular people, but I think there is one type that is too often ignored, taken advantage of, and forgotten.
Westboro Baptist Church. Talk about misnomers. The last Baptist church I was in the subject was about loving people that were difficult to be around. These people have some serious PR issues. Let’s look at some factors going for WBC here:
- The First Amendment – Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.
- The Romans 1 condemnation of homosexuality. (Romans 1:24-32)
The Levitical Law (Leviticus 18:22; 20:13)
Matthew 19: 4-6
So, those are the main supporting arguments that WBC uses. They believe what they read in those Scripture passages, and then they quite vehemently voice their beliefs to those who do not share them. The government cannot stop them from doing this, because WBC is technically not breaking any laws. Let’s take the idea that they genuinely believe that what they’re doing is right. Is it right to deny them the right to voice their opinions? I mean, if WBC is using Scripture, and they’re not breaking any laws, then what are they doing wrong?
- They’re ignoring the commandments to love – Mark 12:31; Luke 6:31; Luke 6:35-36; Romans 13:9-10; 1 Corinthians 13:4-8.
- So, we’re to love our neighbors and enemies alike. Even though the Scriptures say to admonish one another (Luke 17:3-4) it doesn’t say that we are to hate them.
- How are we then to admonish them? With love! We cannot reach someone who we don’t agree with if we are constantly shouting in their faces and telling them that God hates them. (Colossians 3:5-17)
So, the Westboro problem is not one of legality, but of morality. Ideally the government would recognize when a group was being immoral and punish it, however, we live in a non-Christian nation. To legislate that WBC was wrong in their actions would be to open up the door to close down abortion protests or other peaceful protests that could be considered ‘intolerant’ or ‘hateful.’
WBC needs to be dealt with through the private channels of the church, individuals, or non-government organizations who are working within the law.
- The first thing that would need to be realized is that to fight this with more loud protests would be counterintuitive. To use WBC’s methods against itself would just be an affirmation of the validity of their methods.
- It is easy to hope that WBC slips up and falls out of the protection of the law, but that is a dangerous thing to wish for. What if to do so people are injured?
- What would be the goal? – To convince WBC that they are wrong? That would be ideal, but highly unlikely. – To turn the public opinion against them and render them ineffective? That has already happened, hardly anybody likes WBC.
- I think that the goal would be to convince the public that what WBC says does not matter.
- Counter-protests in which bikers from the Patriot Guard Riders surround funerals are quite effective, but have the downside of drowning out the funeral processions along with the WBC.
In short, I’m not quite sure what should be done, but I’d like to hear what your ideas are. Post below!
…or something like that. So, Hello, I have decided to start blogging. (Spell check doesn’t like that word.) The great thing about blogs (nor that word) is that I don’t have to watch all my grammar and formating techniques. Being a college kid is great, I can stay up all night (not that I do that,) I can sleep until 11 or noon on Saturdays (or that,) and then, I can eat two varieties of sweet cereal with chocolate milk for breakfast… while drinking coka-cola. Ah, the life of an academically focused no-lifer.
Well, I’m in the Lone Star State, and they really don’t know how steady weather patterns work. Yesterday, it was 25 degrees, there was snow covering the ground, and we had a huge campus-wide snowball war. Today, the temp is 46 degrees, and it’s supposed to reach 65 sometime… Crazy right?
So far, school is fun! I’m enjoying my classes, Dr. Olson has to be the most awesome English professor alive. Engineering is looking to be a challenge, but really, why would you want it any other way? Lots of homework, lots of awesome friends, a large concentration of very geeky people everywhere… Welcome to Letourneau!
If you actually read this far… I congratulate you, and bestow upon you the gift of the knowledge that you would have or will made/make me happy if I would have/do find out that fact.
Have a Nice Life,