To the editor:
In response to Margie Phelps’ letter to the editor (March 24), regarding her family picketing soldiers funerals, she defined why most Kansans consider her family (Westborough Baptist Church) one huge embarrassment for Kansas and religion, and would like them all to simply go away!
Margie claims to know the mind of God, and says God hates fags! What happened to “God is Love?” I never knew Jesus wanted us to “Hate thy neighbor!” What Bible is she reading with such dichotomies of interpretation, claiming soldiers are “Dying for our sins, and God hates America!” To claim these thoughts of “God” means Margie claims she can read the mind of God! Isn’t that special!
This is not espousing freedom of religion, it is preaching intolerance, hate and a viciousness against others who do not share her personal religious dogma. She and her “followers” go out in public picketing for one reason: Attention! They picket KU games, or any event they think they can get them a little attention and show up waving their signs and screaming at cars passing by. (Is God a KU fan?)
I would suggest perhaps one way to handle this matter would be for all of us to simply ignore their obnoxious, hateful efforts to call attention to themselves. Perhaps newspapers and the media might dismiss their efforts as not newsworthy, as not relevant, and simply ignore all future efforts by them to bring attention to themselves, no matter how paltry, measly; no matter how offensive they are. For by reacting to them, we all lower ourselves down to their level, and we are all better than that!