I disagree wholeheartedly and absolutely oppose what Westboro stands for, but I can’t bring myself to say I undeniably hate the people that are associated with that church. Just because they don’t know God like I do, doesn’t mean I should say they belong in hell or tell them they’re worthless. I feel like that’s just getting on their belief system’s level; To hatefully judge and condemn others. My heart somehow still sees those members as human beings.
When I first heard Westboro would be protesting Central, I thought a counter-protest would be awesome, and I even considered not going to class just to be there. But I believe it would be best if there would be as little outside interaction as possible. Giving them attention, and warranting more opportunities to get people riled up, won’t stop them. If anything, they’ll see it as another reason to say hateful things to everyone who is there. My younger brother attends Central, and I’m sure he will be well protected.
I pray for Westboro. I really do.