"I'm against picketing ... but I don't know how to show it"The Westboro clan plans to come to Broward College Central tomorrow. These are the people who picket soldiers' funerals and carry signs talking about all of the people God hates. They call themselves Westboro Baptist Church, but I'm not sure I want to call them "Baptist" or a "church."
- Mitch Hedberg
What would you do if the Westboro people showed up at your school (or workplace or church or party or neighborhood)?
I'm tempted to counter-protest, to pick a fight, to make a scene.
I'm tempted to flood the airwaves, steal traffic and divert attention.
I'm tempted to overwhelm them with love and kindness.
I'm tempted to convert, infiltrate their organization and do something incomprehensible.
But then I imagine Jesus' response to them and get confused. He did all of these things.
He made a whip and drove out the moneychangers.
He drew the crowds away from the religious hypocrites.
He healed and forgave and protected.
He died on the cross and rose from a grave.
And I realize that I can't do all of these things. Not all at once, at least.
So, what should I do? What should we do?