I took this picture yesterday (Sunday, the 19th) outside a San Diego church.
This boy and members of his family were angry that the church in question allows gays to worship there.
They were also holding signs that said, "Your Pastor is a whore" and "God hates fags."
They are members of a fringe group called "God Hates America."
They believe that God "hates America" because they don't condemn gays. They attribute 9-11, the Challenger tragedy, and other events to God's anger. They also call President Bush "Pervert-in-chief" for appointing a gay ambassador (to Romania, I believe) and allowing gays to serve in our "fag army."
Isn't this sad? These same signs show around here (Colorado Springs) occasionally from a family of 12 from Kansas (Westboro Baptist Church). I'm not exactly sure what they're trying to accomplish as around here Focus on the Family is the big anti-gay hitter and these people have even alienated them.
These people who consider themselves Christians are the farthest thing from it. Even if the old testament condemns homosexuals, if you are a christian, the new testament overshadows all of the old teachings. The new testament tells us not to judge others, but to love others, even our enemies. Let God be the judge of morality.
The New Testament is clear that christians should reserve judgement to those "inside" the Church and not to worry judging those outside, it's also clear that christians will be known by their manifestation of love, now, that doesn't mean condoning what the Bible calls sinful behavior but it means that people are more important to God than their sin, it doesn't matter how bad our sin. In behalf of self-righteous, condeming christians please accept my apology.
I never got the hatred thing towards gays in particular.
For me, being straight wasn't a "choice," or a decision, I was born that way. Therefore, I can only assume that gay people were also born that way. What if, by luck of the draw, you were born straight into a homosexual World?
It certainly appears that the bible condems homosexuality, but it also condems inumerable other acts that we all do every day. And from my understanding of Christianity, all (or at least most) sins carry the same amount of weight (this will vary from demonination to demonination I suppose).
The whole religious thing will probably never be sorted out to everyone's satisfaction, but it seems like the higher ground would be to at least tolerate gays and anyone else who doesn't share your lifestyle/belief system, provided of course that they aren't harming others in the process.
These same twits, (yup the EXACT same people) were down here a few weeks ago. They were protesting one of the Baptist Churches because it didn't condemn the rape and murder of a thirteen year old boy a few years ago. They've been coming down here on the anniversary for the last few years.
The funny thing is, that none of the churches here condemned anyone. They all offered prayers and support to the boy's family.
Hey TC i was born in San Diego in 64 though i was just a baby when we moved to bellingham, Washinton, so i have very little memory if any about san deigo. as for the pics i can not beleive thatthat child is holding and he's thinking it's god's anger. too bad him and the rest of those people will wind up like david koersch(spelling) and his followers in waco.
I hate to admit that Fred Phelps, I won't call him Pastor or any man of God, is from my home town. He and his piece of shit followers are everywhere. Colleges, corner of streets, gutters. Anywhere they can get there filthy little ideas in front of people. Makes me sick. I see them all the time.
Thank God I live in Jersey. Some of the gay dudes around here are some jacked up motherf'ers...not too mention the religious psychos tend not to come into my true blue Democrat state. They go to places like the Utah and apparently San Diego. You guys can keep'em.