I have written in the past about the Westboro Baptist Church whom blames homosexuals, for, well everything. We are, according to that church, responsible for all of the problems in the United States: from mass shootings at elementary schools, to dead Iraq soldiers, to hurricane Sandy. They have protested funerals of kids, holding up signs saying “God Hates Fags” and “Thank God for Dead Soldiers.” They teach a message of hate and intolerance. They divide communities, and often attack innocent and hurting communities.
And it’s offensive.
We all know that church leaders should teach about love and respect. We know this because that is the type of message Jesus taught.
Sadly, not all of them do. And right now, here in Phoenix, there is a man who is so similar to Fred Phelps – the man who runs the Westboro Baptist Church – that with your eyes closed you might confuse the two.
His name is Warren Stewart.
Warren is in charge of a ironically a Baptist church out here, and during his sermons he has gone as far as to compare marriage equality to polygamy. He has called gays pedophiles. He believes homosexuals are the root of the problems in the United States. As a member of the LGBT community, I am not only offended, I am outraged. This man does not stand for my values, or any sort of values I was ever taught by my Catholic parents.
And now Warren wants to be your next Phoenix City Council member. I see a real problem here. It is completely irresponsible for potential leaders to have gone on record stating that any group of people is wrong.
Warren should know better. He should know better frankly, because he is black. And as a black man, he has faced discrimination and inequality all of his life. Well, Warren, I got news for you, equality is equality. It doesn’t matter the color of your skin, or who you love, or what neighborhood you grew up in. What matters is your commitment to people of all sorts.
Warren is not committed to me as a person. He isn’t committed to ensuring that I have the same basic rights as everyone else. And that’s a real problem for me, especially as he attempts to join the Phoenix City Council.
I would never vote for Fred Phelps, because of his message of hate and intolerance, and well, Warren Stewart, I will most certainly not vote for you because of these reasons too.