My daughter, 19, in a local college, lives at home, but calls me during the day to pass on some snippet of information. Young adults are individual communication hubs. It's astounding really how connected they are. Her snippet yesterday was to tell me about Westboro Baptist Church. Rather than bury the link, I wish for you to see it here: http://www.godhatesfags.com/main/index.html
This is a group that spews forth hate messages in the name of God. Here is their news release:
Their message is quite simple--God hates fags......and the victims of this massacre are deserving of their fate because they go to an educational institution that doesn't denigrate others based on beliefs or lifestyle that are personal, if anything, in nature. Other targets are our service(wo)men killed in battle because they serve a nation that tolerates homosexuals. I think that anyone unwilling to stone to death a homosexual would be fair game for this group.
Hate-mongering is contemptible behavior. Pat Robertson has espoused similar messages in insinuating that God is punishing the homosexuals in Florida by unleashing powerful hurricanes. I believe that hate is born of fear and ignorance. Further, that fear and ignorance can be packaged in many wrappers that attract surprisingly crowds eager to identify with the message.
However packaged they are a dangerous combination, against which we should all be vigilant. Knowledge supported by critical thinking and practiced compassion are armament against our succumbing to fear and ignorance that too easily can creep into our lives under subtle (and not so subtle) guises.