To the editor:
Ever since reading the article in the Sept. 24 issue of The Collegian regarding Fred Phelps, Westboro Baptist Church and their plans to stage a “celebration” for Matthew Shepard’s death here on campus, I’ve been trying to think up a way to really get this guy’s goat – nothing bugs me more than people who hate.
I considered looking up all the verses of the Bible concerning how much God loves the world, or how sins are forgiven (that is, if you consider homosexuality a sin), and maybe a few quotations about that whole “Love one another” business. But after extensive research, I think there may be a better option.
Phelps is quoted once in an interview, “I rejoice when people get mad at me.” Further reading asserts that the good Reverend is more than pleased when people get angry, for “Blessed are ye when men shall hate you and revile you and say all manner of evil against you falsely for my sake. Rejoice and be exceedingly glad: for great is your reward in heaven.”
Therefore, my plan is such: I am going to walk up to that man, tell him “Peace be with you, God Bless, I forgive you for your sins” and walk away.
I hope you all join me. Or, if nothing else, just ignore him.