Planting Peace, the organization responsible for the rainbow-colored house across the street from Westboro Baptist Church, has put up this billboard in Mississippi in response to the state’s new anti-gay legislation:
As has been painstakingly observed time and time again, the anti-LGBT movement is comprised of a substantial number of zealots who unfailingly refer to their rigid interpretation of religious text to narrowly define “traditional” institutions and values. They pick and choose what they wish to convey as immoral and unacceptable, while seemingly sweeping lines of scripture just a few letters away completely under the rug.
In true Planting Peace style, we are making a bold statement to show how ridiculous these laws are, and to bring attention to the need for equality. Our latest billboard sends a message about literal interpretations of the bible and addresses some of the hateful, homophobic language anti-LGBT hate groups often feature on their protest signs. In Matthew 21: 18-22, Jesus literally curses a fig tree. But we don’t see a lot of “God Hates Figs” protests or cries for stronger legislation regulating figs. It’s heartbreaking to see in this day and age groups are still fighting so hard to restrict basic human rights of others based on claims of religious freedom. We want to be sure the opposing voice is heard.
The “No Wedding Cake For You” law allows business owners to cite their religious beliefs as reason to discriminate against customers. Which is legalese for “Christians don’t want to accept money from gay customers because Jesus.”
Just when you thought Mississippi couldn’t get any worse, they outdid themselves. That takes talent.