Sunday, November 7, 2010


"We will have to repent in this generation not merely for the hateful words and actions of the bad people but the appalling silence of the good people." -Martin Luther King Jr.
This morning I woke up to a blinking light on my cell phone.  It was a voicemail from one of my best friends regarding a very serious issue surrounding the play he is currently in at CSUF.  Most of you have probably heard of the show (or film) The Laramie Project, a play by Moises Kaufman and the members of the Tectonic Theater Project.  Without going to much into detail here, it focuses on the effects Matthew Shepard's death had on the town of Laramie, WY.  It was a hate crime that not only shocked the town, but the nation as well.  The year was 1998. 

Here's a look at what has happened since then:


Rutgers Tragedy: Young People Lack 'Empathy'
October 1, 2010 5:17 AM
Maggie Rodriguez speaks with mother of slain gay teen Matthew Shepard, Judy Shepard about the suicide of a Rutgers Freshman after he was filmed kissing another man.
Read more:

President Barack Obama Signs Hate Crimes Legislation Into Law

Throughout all of this, there have of course been others fighting against those of us who speak out against hate crimes.  Those of us who believe love can conquer all and that equality is a human right for each and everyone of us.  One of those organizations is the WBC (Westboro Baptist Church). 

The message my friend left me last night explained to me that this group is planning on picketing the production of The Laramie Project at CSUF:

California State Univeristy - Fullerton in Santa Ana, CA November 13, 2010 7:15 PM - 8:00 PM

WBC will picket the Laramie Project at California State University - Fullerton to remind everyone that God killed Matthew Shepard and he has been burning in Hell for 12 years now - with eternity left to go. Lest ye repent, ye shall likewise perish!
This nation set up a filthy, drug-addicted sodomite as a hero to be worshipped because he got himself killed while out trolling for his lusts. His mother, fag-pimp Judy Shepard, uses his death as a platform to promote fags across this land. Instead, she should be warning this nation to turn form their lusts and sin and OBEY THE LORD! Like all other doomed americans, fag-pimp Judy wouldn't have it any other way - she will not let go of her sins and doesn't want anyone else to either! Never fear, WBC will step in to do the job of warning this nation to flee the wrath to come. God promised to curse those who follow the path of Matthew Shepard, woe unto those involved with promoting sodomy through such filth as The Laramie Project! 
Romans 1:27 And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet. 28 And even as they did not like to retain God in [their] knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient; 29 Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers, 30 Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, 31 Without understanding, covenantbreakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful: 32 Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them.
 Check out the website for more information about this group.

My friend asked me to help him spread the word, emphasizing the fact that we can't be silent about this.  Now knowing that this group has a reputation for picketing The Laramie Project time and time again, CSUF is definitely not alone in this fight. It doesn't help though that they are located in the typically conservative environment of Orange County, but in my heart I believe there are enough good people out there that will help spread the word of love against these hateful remarks.

Please do what you can. Let's come up with some thoughts of how to work together, promote love, and do so in a peaceful way. It is not a solution to fight hate with more hate.



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