Isn’t it ironic?
“I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear.” — Martin Luther King, Jr.
Hate is a complicated emotion. Hate is contagious, contradictory, and confusing. Worst of all, hate is easy.
So often, when faced with people or ideas we do not understand, hate, a nasty mixture of fear and distrust, is our first reaction. Really it’s very instinctual, a coping method or means of survival to distance ourselves from a concept we either genuinely disagree with in our heart of hearts or otherwise merely reject because it’s more simple to dismiss a complicated topic than address it.
Hate and rejection come easy. Loving is hard. Acceptance is challenging. Understanding can be downright impossible.
Perhaps that’s why the news is so often filled with stories of hate, or why anger is the driving force between so many actions and conflicts around the world. It so so easy to hear only half of a story and then fill in the blanks for ourselves, to jump to conclusions and assume that what we hear on TV or read online is the whole truth. After all, a “us vs. them” mentality does wonders in bringing us together, even if it’s for all the wrong reasons.
One such group that unites its supporters through hate is the Family Research Council, a conservative Christian organization that promotes traditional families. Since 2010, the FRC has also been listed as a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center for its anti-LGBT agenda.
Now the president of the FRC got what was coming to him.
Since 2003, former Louisiana politician Tony Perkins had headed the Family Research Council, focusing largely on the preservation of traditional, heterosexual marriage and fighting against civil unions and LGBT matrimony.
Some of his more outlandish claims are that the liberal government is guilty of spreading homosexuality across the planet, and that the LGBT community is planning a “Christian holocaust.”
Among other things, Perkins is known for warning his followers that natural disasters are divine punishments for the sins of the LGBT community and America’s acceptance of homosexuality. Specifically, he has stated that hurricanes are “God’s wrath for the legalization of gay marriage.”
The Problem With Poor Pundits
Regardless of your beliefs, it’s pretty unfair to scare hundreds of thousands or more people into believing that all negative things (especially those weather related), from freak lightning to devastating deluges and storms, are actually the result of our poor behavior. It’s even less fair to those affected or killed by these natural disasters, dismissing their loss and suffering as something preventable or even deserved.