You may have seen members of Westboro Baptist Church on the news: protesting with theirÂ signs andÂ shouting some of the most hateful things youâ€™ve ever heard at militaryÂ funerals, gay weddings, and anything with a connection to Obama.
Last week WBC found a new target to lash out at in the â€œnerdsâ€ attendingÂ Comic-Con in SanÂ Diego. They held signs that read: â€œGod Hates Nerdsâ€ and shouted,
â€œThe destruction of thisÂ is imminent â€“ so start calling on Batman and Superman now, see if they can pull you from the mess that you have created with all your silly idolatryâ€
I encountered WBC while living in Virginia as they protested the funeral of Jerry Falwell. I took theÂ opportunityÂ to have a conversation with a couple of the protesters. It went nowhere fast.
Every timeÂ I see Westboro Baptist in the media IÂ cringe. Iâ€™ve written 5 or 6 posts responding to WBC, none of which have seen the light of day because each one seems to crawl down to their level. I was even invited to have a conversation about it with the folks atÂ Irreverent Podcast and had to ask them to edit out some of what I said because I wanted to respond in love rather than anger.
So the questions remains, how should I respond? I saw this video a few weeks ago and think itâ€™sÂ brilliant.
How will you respond to the hate youÂ encounter?