Calling oneself a Christian does not make one a follower of Christ anymore than staring at salad bars makes me a vegan. That these people are even called Christians is ignorant and frustrating; none of the messages they preach are even from the New Testament and virtually all of them are directly contradictory to the teachings of Christ. Christ taught tolerance, unconditional love, gentility, pacifism, and condemned any expressions of hatred or violence, even those committed defensively. These people are absolutely ANTI Christian, and it annoys the Hell out of me when people use them as an example of Christianity gone wrong. I’d like to rename this church…Westboro Satanic Scrapbookers Club. Since you know, they cut out the parts of the old book they liked, trimmed off the pesky context and doctrine that forbade most of what they do, and reassembled their nasty little picture into their own fucked up system of self promotion and mass condemnation, essentially setting themselves up as modern day Lucifers attempting to snatch away the power of God as the sole judge of salvation and exalt themselves as holier than a group of beings they feel to be unworthy of God’s love.
It’s interesting to me how infrequently people seem to notice what an eerily perfect example of Lucifer’s rebellion against God these people exemplify. If I weren’t on the fence about my belief in such things, I might be of the opinion that if *I* were the archetypal Satan figure, I would want to go about eradicating the message of absolute love and tolerance taught by Christ by first convincing the world that I do not exist and am therefor not a threat, and then by manifesting myself through a very high profile, controversial group of simpletons, who would then go about undermining that message of love by preaching hate, malice and judgement (the polar opposites of Christian doctrine) in the name of Christ, effectively convincing the most culturally powerful nation in the world that the message of Christ is a deplorable vehicle of hatred and spiritual death and inspiring RIGHTEOUS, INDIGNANT hatred for “Christians” in the defense of those being persecuted and furthering my goal of inspiring the world to general hatefulness.
I’d also like to point out that we’re pretty sure Paul, the guy who wrote most of the New Testament, was gay. So there’s that.