After years of focusing on gays and lesbians with its protests, the Westboro Baptist Church has a new target — the Jewish community.
The Topeka, Kan.-based church, which features the slogan “God Hates Fags,” protested at three Jewish sites here last Friday afternoon. The protests are part of a series of upcoming rallies that will bring members of the church to Jewish community institutions in Omaha, St. Louis, South Florida and Providence in the next few weeks, according to the church’s Web site and fliers the group is distributing that list scheduled protests and proclaim “Jews Killed the Lord Jesus.”
[For the full article, see here.]
So, most people who discriminate against Gay people are also likely to discriminate against one or more other minority groups, such as Jews, African Americans, immigrants, etc.
Therefore, it is not only hypocritical but self-defeating for any person in a minority group to discriminate against any other minority group, for to do so aligns him/herself with those who at the drop of a hat can, and likely will, turn around and discriminate against him/her! So, it's pathetic when an African American minister, Gregory Daniels, states: "If the KKK opposes gay marriage, I would ride with them." [See here.]
One wonders Daniels' mind-set regarding this bigotry when, after this infamous statement of his, "he did get a provocative letter, he concedes, from a black woman. 'What do you think they gonna do to you,' she asked, 'after the ride?'" [See here.] She understood the dynamics behind bigotry, particularly bigotry that entails aligning oneself with one's own enemies!
Make no mistake: those at the forefront of homophobia are no different than were and are the White Supremacists in the U.S.! They are also likely to have contempt for one or more other minority groups, and one plays the fool if he/she is a member of any minority group who discriminates against, or advocates discrimination against, Gay people, or any other minority group for that matter!
Anyone who discriminates against LGBT people just has to wait a little while before his/her advocacy of such discrimination comes back to bite him/her in the rear end in the form of former "allies" becoming his/her arch enemies in order to express the hatred that lies in their hearts!
Unfortunately, minority group members who advocate discrimination against Gay people, such as fighting against same-sex marriage, are chumps who are aligning themselves with those who are merely using them for their own hateful purposes, and once they perceive that they can no longer gain traction or mileage out of discriminating against Gay people, will likely turn around and express their venom against their former allies, and/or another minority group whom they feel it is safe to persecute.
As it says in the above cited article, "..even hard-line anti-gay groups are embarrassed by Phelps’ church." And rightly so, because Phelps and his "church" verbally and physically express the same hateful animus that resides in the hearts of many of the oppressors of LGBT people.
That's why many "hard-line anti-gay groups" are embarrassed by Phelps! He honestly expresses the venom, the hatefulness, t the ugly side of what resides in the hearts of most strident homophobes who couch their hatred in the form of sanctimony, of unctuous rhetoric, and of religious trappings for the purposes of lending seeming legitimacy to rhetoric and actions that run directly counter to both rationality as well as to Jesus' life and teachings.
The homophobes are not embarrassed by their own hatred and its tragic and destructive consequences! They are embarrassed because Phelps expresses that hatred in its naked form for the whole world to see!
The homophobes are not embarrassed because they spew hateful rhetoric and encourage deprivation of civil rights regarding Gay people that is diametrically opposed to Jesus' Commandment to us to love and not judge others!
They are embarrassed because Phelps puts the same hateful animus that they possess up front for the whole world to see and, thereby, shows forth the lie that seeks to feebly show that these homophobes mean well but are merely trying to "preserve traditional marriage," as well as also putting the lie to any number of other specious justifications for the expression of their homophobic (and likely other) hatred in the name of God.
So, particularly if you are a member of a minority group who seeks to deprive Gay people of any civil right, just recognize that you are aligning yourself with those who at a moment's notice can and will likely turn on you, and who would almost certainly not want you associating with their family.
And, by so aligning yourself, you are a chump!
I hope W.C. Fields was wrong when he said, "You can't smarten up a chump!"
But I'm not sure he was wrong in his assessment when we apply it to so many chumps who seek to deprive others of full and equal civil rights that they, themselves, enjoy, particularly when they and their ancestors were (and, to some degree, still are) victimized and oppressed by the very same kind of people, with the very same mind-set, with whom they are now aligning themselves to oppress others.