Respond With Pledges: Westboro Baptist Church Visits Los Angeles
The members of the infamous Westboro Baptist Church are coming to Los Angeles and planning to picket at Santa Monica High School.
WBC will picket Santa Monica High School to tell these students the Gospel truth which their parents, teachers and preachers try desperately to hide from them. Every adult in their lives has taught them that they can disobey God and still go to Heaven, that it is OK to be gay, and that God is not cursing this doomed nation for the sin of embracing sodomy. Believing these lies will send these children straight to Hell so WBC must deliver the only message of hope and redemption they will ever receive: that you must repent and obey, for there is no other way!
We come with weeping and sorrow that the parents, teachers, preachers and leaders of St. Louis and of that school, hate their children and have stolen all hope from them. They are without God in this earth. How horrible and sad is that?!
They are also protesting at Malibu Presbyterian Church, Waveside Church in Malibu, and Our Lady of Malibu, all for not being sufficiently anti-gay.
My response will be governed by the good example of Congregation Beth Simchat Torah of New York — I'm going to donate to causes of decency and justice for every hour that the WBC people protest at these places.
(They're also protesting at the Oscars. I think the stars can arrange their own donations. Also, sweet merciful Lord those things drag on forever. I'd be bankrupt.)
For every hour they protest at the high school or the churches, I'll be donating fifty bucks to a charity that provides support and love and affirmation to gay and lesbian teens — especially organizations that provide outreach to troubled and suicidal and bullied teens. Here are the charities I am looking at:
I don't know if the WBC people are sincere, or money-seeking trolls. I don't particularly care; I don't imagine the impact on a teen at Santa Monica High School would be any different.
Will you join me? If so, kindly announce your pledge here in comments, or on Twitter, or Facebook, or your favorite blog or forum, and spread the word.
That's not all.
For every hour the WBC protest at the school or the churches, I'm going to spend an hour reading and considering the viewpoints of people with whom I vehemently disagree on political and social and moral topics. It won't necessarily be on this topic. It won't necessarily change my mind on anything — though I hope it will educate me and sharpen my positions and help me articulate opposition to actual positions rather than my characterization of those positions. It's not going to make me a supporter of going to a school and gleefully telling the students there that they deserve to suffer. But considering the opinions of others, and acknowledging their humanity, is an act of defiance against the WBCs of the world.
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