Opinion: The hypocrisy of the Westboro Baptist Church

The Westboro Baptist Church has proven to be something of a conundrum to me. As evidenced in the Russell Brand interview, they claim to preach a message of love and want to save their “brothers and sisters,” yet they are so angry about homosexuality. Their gratuitous usage of the word “fag” and their jubilant exaltation about how much God hates "fags" do not make any sense.

Let us deconstruct the recent interview that Steve and Timothy (members of the Westboro Baptist Church) had on the show Brand X.  After giving Brand a sign that calls him a “fag pimp,” they go on to explain that Brand is an advocate for sin who is leading his fans to hell. Then they say something interesting: Steve says that Brand makes a mockery of sin.

Yes, Russell Brand is the one making a mockery of sin. I am not one who holds the belief that homosexuality is sin, but the WBC does. And everyone knows that when your fellow human being, who you claim to love as a child of God, is living a life of sin the appropriate response is to stand outside during funerals with signs that say “God Hates Fags!”

They go on to explain that God wants us to love our neighbors but not those fag neighbors—God wants us to warn them that they are going to hell, because if we accept them as they are and we show them love, we are really just hating them. Therefore, we should follow their example and tell our gay brothers and sisters how much God hates them, because we love them.

According to the WBC, God hates EVERYONE except for the adherents of their church. On their website, which is appropriately named godhatesfags.com, they have links to other lovely websites such as jewskilledjesus.com which claims that Jesus, a Jew, was killed by Jews, so therefore God hates Jews. Another website of theirs, godhatestheworld.com, claims that God hates India because they are Hindu and they worship fag-enabling gods. Their other websites declare that God also hates Islam and the media, and that Barack Obama is the antichrist.

Knowing that God hates EVERYTHING and EVERYONE is the key to getting into heaven, according to the WBC. So what’s the point? By the looks of it, almost everyone I know is going to hell and I am too. I cannot say I am too upset because I do not think I would want to spend the rest of eternity with people from the Westboro Baptist Church.

But I’ll stick to the concept of God’s love that states, “Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God. Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love” (1 John 4:7-8).