I ask this next question meaning to harm and no offense to anyone of any religion or spirituality: Why?
I recently saw some photos on Facebook that were of a protest.
A drag queen went to a library in Evansville to read to children. I believe they called it “Drag Queen Story Hour.” There were people on each side of the library’s front doors, and it seemed like everyone was holding signs.
“Do not be deceived! The sexually immoral will not inherit the kingdom of God!”
“Warning! Jesus haters, drunkards, liars, sexually immoral, murderers, thieves, blasphemers, idolaters, unbelievers, general sinners, ETERNAL HELL AWAITS! Repent and trust Jesus to be saved!”
“Is this a library? Or a gay bar for children?”
I was raised Catholic, and more often than not, we attended Mass every Sunday morning. The thing I always hated most about being Catholic was having to wake up at nine every Sunday while everyone else got to sleep in or watch cartoons.
I was never taught to hate people for being who they were. I was never taught to hate gay people, drug addicts, women of the night. I was told to pray for them. I was told to actively do my part to help them (although there’s not much an eight-year-old could do to help).
Would Jesus really have wanted those people out there with their signs spreading hate in front of children on their way to story time?
Would Jesus really want the adults teaching their children that they are better than or above someone who might not identify with their sex?
Would Jesus really care about who read children a story at a public library?
The biggest lesson I remember from my Thursday church class is to “treat others the way you want to be treated,” which I always took as treat everyone with the utmost respect, regardless of who they are.
The actions someone takes defines who they are, not their race or skin tone. Community service is not for any one person to perform.
Jesus would not have hated someone performing their duties to the community. Jesus would not have wanted all of those people hating on someone for who they are.
Meagan O’Hara is a second-year nursing major with a minor in philosophy.