I’ve been thinking about Westboro Baptist Church recently and the reasons that they do the horrible things that they do, and I have finally concluded that they do this because they are, in fact, the good guys.
Now before you go postal on me, hear me out.
Everyone agrees that these people engage depraved and inhuman acts, and that any person with even a smidgen of respect or compassion for their fellow-man couldn’t possibly contemplate acting the way they do.
But what happens when WBC announce they are going to protest at a funeral?
People are outraged and fight back by supporting the very things that WBC are (apparently) against. Members of the public show up to support gay rights, surround funerals and schools, and band together in support and solidarity in ways that only ever happen in a time of crisis.
These uplifting stories of support against WBC are publicized in the news, shared on Facebook, discussed at the water cooler and people start to feel good about themselves again. The net result of these acts of gross insensitivity is an outpouring of public support and the coming together of society as a whole against a common enemy – in this case WBC.
And perhaps that is WBC’s point. A sort of grand scale Reductio ad absurdum that forces society to openly admit that being gay or Jewish isn’t actually wrong. Read the book called Frindle and you’ll understand where I am coming from.
So here is my hope: that members of WBC are actually so committed to furthering gay rights that they are willing to sacrifice their credibility and personal safety in the name of the greater good.
Either that…or they really are a bunch of evil douchebags.