Give Love A Chance

There are not a lot of organizations I genuinely hate, but those that I sincerely cannot stand are the sort of organizations that most rational people would agree we could really do without-~-and one of these is the Westboro Baptist Church.  That’s right: I really just hate hate groups, and the WBC is the one I have actually had the most contact with.  In fact, they protested American University last year because they claimed the school was a “breeding ground for homosexuality and hedonism” (no, really, they said that).

In response, the university students at AU staged a counter-protest at which students brought signs with slogans such as “Jesus Had Two Dads and He Turned Out Okay” and “Gay and Proud”.  But my favorite has always been “Give Love a Chance”. Because when we say that gays shouldn’t be allowed to be together, we’re saying that there’s only one right way to love (and that it has to do with sex…this has always baffled me.  If love is not about sex then what is wrong with homosexual love?  Explain this to me, opponents of gay rights).

The WBC, for those who don’t know, travels around the country protesting homosexuality in the most disrespectful ways possible.  In particular, they like to protest the funerals of gay soldiers.  And they threatened to do this back in April in Brandon, Mississippi-~-but were preempted by local residents, who managed bar them from the funeral so that the fallen soldier could be buried in peace.  (You can read the article here…I know it’s old but still worth taking a look)


Every time I hear about another WBC protest, however, it makes me angrier.  For one thing,  protesting a soldier’s funeral disrespects the service they gave this country.  It disrespects their families and violates a right to grieve in peace.  Can you imagine if gay people protested Catholic soldier’s funerals?  There would be outrage beyond words.  For another thing, however, it says that somehow this person’s life-~-and death-~-are somehow less meaningful than they would have been if they were straight.

America (I almost said “this country” but I’m not actually in America just now) desperately needs to think about equality and what it means.  Because last time I checked, equality didn’t only apply if you were a white, homosexual male with money.  And the way a country treats its minorities says more about that country than the stupid laws they debate or test scores in schools or the state of the highways-~-because it says that a country does or does not believe that ALL of its citizens deserve rights.

At this moment, I am sitting in Nairobi, Kenya, a country where homosexuality and sodomy are illegal and punishable by jailtime.  America has obviously moved past these kinds of legal limitations, but the fact that same-sex marriage is still illegal in many states, that some states don’t honor marriages that are legal in other states, and that DOMA is still on the books signifies a real problem in how we treat people in the United States.  All love is love, and all American should be treated equally under the law.  The fact that they’re not is absurd, and people ought not continue to accept these absurd double standards any longer.

And any American that dies serving the United States deserves to be buried with respect, no matter who he or she is.  WBC, whatever it is you’re currently protesting, you should be ashamed.  Stop the hate and give love a chance.


~ by Randi Saunders on January 23, 2012.

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