The folks over at Westboro Baptist Protest, Inc., were at it again, protesting nearby where a Brad Paisley concert was going to take place, upset at the country music star for some apparent reason. I'm not quite sure that they need a reason, perhaps it's just sort of like throwing a pot luck, and they just like to get together.
Whatever the reason, rather than be upset Paisley decided stop by and join the group for a selfie --
I think this is probably as close to the best tactic as most can be. It's not like Westboro is going to stop any time soon. Asking them, "Don't you have anything better to do?" won't accomplish much because clearly it's not a case of having anything better to do...this is what they do.
But I think that in someone the same vein there's something else to do, if one does come across a Westboro Baptist hoedown. Like Paisley, come on over -- and ask a simple question: "So, you folks have been protesting The Gays for quite a while now. How's that going for you? Making progress? Getting the number gays to decrease? Stopping gay marriage dead in its tracks, are you? I only ask because from my vantage point it seems like the more you've been protesting, the more that gay marriage has been increasing. Did it ever occur to you that the more you protest, the more good-hearted, fair-minded, decent, God-fearin' people see how mean, nasty and hurtful you are to a minority and are coming to their defense in response? Or maybe the more you protest, the more that God sees what's going on down here and is trying His best to right the harm you're causing? Gee, I don't know. It just seems like your efforts are hurting your own cause. And wasting your time when it could be so much better spent doing something actually productive that would accomplish something rather than waste your precious life that God gave you. The last thing I'd hate to see is that God is so pissed off at you for wasting His gift that he turns His back on you, and that when you die you don't have an answer to the question when Satan asks when you show up in Hell, "What did you do with your life?" And all you can say is, "Nothing."
Robert J. Elisberg is a political commentator, screenwriter, novelist, tech writer and also some other things that I just tend to keep forgetting.
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