Monday, October 27, 2014

Westboro Baptist Church is doing us a huge favor

The virulently and irrationally anti-gay Westboro Baptist Church in Topeka Kansas is inadvertently doing the gay community an enormous solid. The church filed a motion on Saturday (see below) in US District Court for Kansas to intervene in the same-sex marriage litigation before the court.

Kansas is in the Tenth Circuit. The Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals has already ruled in favor of marriage equality in Utah and the Supreme Court declined to hear further appeals. Therefore, the law in the circuit affirms the recognition of same-sex marriage. An appeal before a US district court judge is, thus, an exercise in futility. When did WBC ever make any sense?

WBC gets right to its point. By the time they are done, the world will end as we know it if some gays get hitched. By the way, has that happened in Massachusetts?

At the core of WBC’s picketing is the Bible doctrine that a proper marriage is between one man, one woman, for life , is a Scriptural symbol of the great mystery of Christ and His Bride, the Church of the Lord Jesus Christ. (See sample passages bespeaking the seriousness of the marriage covenant and tampering with it at Addendum 1 ). Same sex marriage rips that symbol to shreds, and is utterly contrary to Bible doctrine.
Apparently the Establishment Clause doesn't mean what it says. The reason that WBC is doing us a big favor is that they state the same cause that all of our other opponents state. Unlike others they do not try to obfuscate the religious doctrine. The fact that opponents of equality are aligned with such a fringe and extremist organization demonstrates what their case is really all about. Religious animus.

Representing WBC are Margie Phelps and Rachel Hockenbarger. Both are the daughters of WBC founder Fred Phelps.

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