I was asked by one of my followers on Instagram if I would like to burn the Westboro Baptist Church. My answer is no. Although they are most notable for their “God Hates Fags” slogans, warning us of God’s impending wrath, and protesting at military funerals, I think they are an important asset to our movement.
The Westboro Baptist Church, just like ISIS except less violent, is a perfect example of how terrible religion is at it’s core. Their very existence offers the most convincing testimony for progressive, non-literal, rational, pluralistic and compassionate religious expressions. As America and the rest of the world have become more familiar with the WBC and other radicals like them, I believe they are realizing, at least subconsciously, just how dangerous religious beliefs can be.
In a world consisting mostly of religious moderates, these extremist groups are doing more to help phase out religion than to help it spread. Whether the anti-gay movement and the biblical literalists of our time like it or not, the Westboro Baptist Church has become their most visible and vocal mouthpiece.
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