As mentioned in the CNN video in the previous post, LGBT teens around the world have taken their lives for the lack of acceptance and the amount of hate thrown at them in every day life. A prime example of this hatred towards LGBT persons is the Matthew Shephard story, a young man killed in Wyoming. Although Matthew did not take his own life, others took it away for him.
In October 1998, Matthew was attacked, robbed and tortured by two men. He was left tied up to a fence in a coma and died a few days later in the hospital due to brainstem damage. During a pre-trial hearing of this murder, the violence against Matthew was correlated to how the attackers felt about “gays”. It seemed that Matthew’s attackers weren’t the only ones that were happy to see Matthew dead for being gay.
On the day of Matthew’s funeral, Fred Phelps, the leader of the Topeka, Kansas Westboro Baptist Church took his “God Hates Fags” message to Matthew’s funeral holding two picket signs that said, “No Tears for Queers” and “Fag Matt in Hell.” Open since 1956, the Westboro Baptist Church is still alive and well today picketing at similar events with signs that also say things like “Death Penalty 4 Fags” and “USA= Fag Nation.” I cannot begin to explain how much this sickens me. This absolute hatred for God’s people- for one another- is not what God wanted or desired for us at all. How can someone think that’s what He wants from us?
“You shall not take vengeance or bear a grudge against the sons of your own people, but you shall love your neighbor as yourself: I am the Lord.” –Leviticus 19:18
“Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?” And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets.” –Matthew 22:36-40
“The second is this: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.” –Mark 12:31
“But I say to you who hear, Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you.” –Luke 6:27
“Owe no one anything, except to love each other, for the one who loves another has fulfilled the law. For the commandments, “You shall not commit adultery, You shall not murder, You shall not steal, You shall not covet,” and any other commandment, are summed up in this word: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” Love does no wrong to a neighbor; therefore love is the fulfilling of the law.” –Romans 13:8-10
“So whatever you wish that others would do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets.” –Matthew 7:12
Have I made my point? I could go on.
You are loved by me, by God and by so many others,
forever and always.
Love, No Mistake