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Jesus Loves the Little Children; Westboro Doesn’t

Westboro Baptist Church might as well call itself “The Reigning Douches of the Religious World.” Their favorite past times include praising God for the deaths of children in Oklahoma, picketing soldier funerals to praise God for their deaths, and…picking on a five year old girl for selling lemonade. When I seriously think these guys can’t out do themselves, they prove me wrong.

Jayden Sink, a kid with a whole lot of courage and a good heart, set up a lemonade stand across the street from the Westboro Baptist Compound in Kansas. (Before we go any further, let me just point out that “compound” sounds a lot like a cult totally ready to drink the “Kool Aid.”) Jayden decided to use water, sugar, and lemons to raise money for love and peace.

westbaoro baptist church lemonade

Because it’s Westboro we’re dealing with, they yelled things at Jayden’s customers, tried to call the police on the girl, and made a general nuisance of themselves. I find it semi-hilarious that one child can make them get so upset. To be fair, the girl amassed a HUGE following very quickly. Jayden’s peace campaign received over $16,000 in donations! How awesome it that?

Call me naive, but I hoped that with such a show of support and a beautifully non-violent way of dealing with their hatefulness the Westboro people’s hearts would grow three times that day and they might even see how their so-called “mission” should be put to rest. What a fool I was!

Westboro decided to show Jayden what they thought of her cute little peace campaign with this:

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Ok, at some point during this endeavor to put up a sign against lemonade and peace, someone should’ve said, “Uh, guys, are we seriously about to bully a little girl? Is this what we’ve ended up becoming? Is this what Jesus would do?” The very fact that Westboro thinks that the foundations of their “morality” can be done with LEMONADE and a FIVE YEAR OLD should probably tell them that their mission needs some revamping.

As a Christian, more on some days than others, I find myself feeling ill that I’m in some way associated with these people. They call themselves “Baptist” but I went to a Baptist church as a kid and nowhere at any point in a sermon did the pastor go, “God hates us all! Let’s go forth into the world and be utter assholes to everyone!” I’m pretty sure that was the exact opposite message I got from nice old man who tried to help me get on the stairway to Heaven.

Actually, one of my all time favorite sermons was about kids. Since I was a kid at the time, the idea that Jesus took time out of his busy saving people from demons schedule to bless children really impressed me. I’d like to think that Jesus wouldn’t just approve of Jayden’s endeavor but would also break out some five loaves-two fish action to make it a feast. Jesus was even quoted saying something that’s kind of stuck with me through the years:

Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. I tell you the truth, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.” (Mark 9: 14-15)

On that note, my birthday is next week. Instead of getting me a gift, do me a solid and send donations to Planting Peace. Help little Jayden fight these jerks with the power of love.

Thanks and God bless!