Love > Hate

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

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6 thoughts on “Love > Hate

  1. I studied the Westboro Baptist Church in my Principles of PR class and I was honestly horrified. I have probably gone to church maybe twice in my life, but the verses you chose really support everything you stand for (which I completely agree with). I do think that everyone should be accepted no matter who they are. I grew up in the San Francisco area and have been around its large LGBT community numerous times. I also have gay friends and I would never treat them differently than I treat anyone else, with respect. They are no different and deserve to be treated the same way as everyone else.

  2. I resonate with your blog topic because it has affected people I love. My lesbian aunt and her partner ended up having to change churches due to criticisms and judgements. I am a huge supporter of gay rights and although I do not have a strong faith, I think its so unfortunate that gay people may not practice their faith without negative judgment from others.

  3. I enjoyed reading your blog a lot Austin, I know I have my own personal views but this blog allowed me to see situations through different eyes. Thank you for pointing out important information and excerpts. It is a very “touchy” situation and your passion for the subject really shows! I am impressed and I admire your ambition!

  4. Growing up with a grandfather who took me to church alot and growing up in the communities I’ve lived in, I’ve seen both sides of the argument. I’ve come to realize that those radical religious believer are under some hallucination. Even the bible teachings doesn’t cause the kind of madness like Westboro, it’s people. I even know people who are die hard religious believers who support LGBT rights. Keep pushing for your change, one day it’ll be a reality.

  5. Ugh reading about the Westboro Church gets me so so upset. How dare someone support crime as horrific as this story while invading privacy simultaneously. Makes me sick. The direct quotations are an AWESOME touch. People need to see that. WE ARE ALL ONE. WE ARE ALL EQUAL REGARDLESS OR RACE, GENDER OR SEXUAL ORIENTATION. People need to realize that we are all made the way we are for a reason. I love the “God makes no mistakes.” We are each on this earth for a reason, now we need to put aside our differences and love one another and treat the way we want to be treated. Put yourselves in someone’s shows for once, people.

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