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Thread #63998 Message #1044219
Posted By: Jeri
29-Oct-03 - 08:58 PM
Thread Name: BS: Matthew Shepard (1976-1998)
Subject: RE: BS: Matthew Shepard
Folks can call themselves whatever they like, Christian, Baptist, or just 'good'. Doesn't make it so. I'm not religious, but I can't figure out how anyone can get away with justifying hate and violence by claiming to be following a deity known for forgiveness and love. In all the myths surrounding Satan, he seems to be known for lying, trickery and impersonating the good guys. If I were religious, I don't think I'd have any problems seeing this guy as play for the OTHER team.
As it is, I think Phelps sounds like he comes as close to true evil as a human can. He's a loony, and whether he's a dangerous one or not depends on how many people believe in him. Somehow, I don't think a monument to hate can be justified, legally or otherwise, but if it does go up, I don't see it lasting very long.