Robert Wright: Cartoon fundamentally wrong, but still funny

03/27/2014 3:35 PM

03/27/2014 9:18 PM

I do not believe in hell, as I have never met a dad who loves his children who’d be willing to let them suffer an eternity of pain, anguish and torment for making bad choices.

The concept of a heavenly father being any less loving defies logic and reason. That said, I must confess I did find the political cartoon on March 25, shall I say, funnier than hell.

Fred Phelps’ extreme fundamentalist views are all too commonplace today. Extremism has inundated politics, religion, education, social, environmental and economical arenas. We live in a day and age that no matter who you are, or what you think or believe, a fundamentalist nut exists on the extreme opposite side condemning you.

Fred Phelps’ hatred and bigotry was probably a result of social, religious and cultural indoctrination as a child; people just don’t wake up one day hating others for being different. Fred’s legacy of Westboro Baptist Church will ensure the indoctrination of hatred and bigotry lives on. Imagine how awesome it would have been if Fred’s signs had said “God hates people who hate people.” But that wouldn’t be news and we wouldn’t be talking about Fred today.

ROBERT WRIGHT

Hilmar

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