I thought of two things, the first being this quote from John Templeton's 1999 book Agape Love: A Tradition Found in Eight World Religions (p. 2):
"Perhaps without even being fully aware of it, religious leaders and their followers through the ages have defined religion largely in terms of love. All the world's great religions, to varying degrees, both teach and assume the priority of love in religious practice. To put it another way, whether consciously or subconsciously, the world seems to have determined that any system of beliefs that teaches or tolerates hatred or even apathy toward others does not deserve to be considered a religion in the first place."That brings us to the other thing I thought of, a group of people who seem to have become official haters. And they preach a god of hate. You would think a group calling themselves "Westboro Baptist Church" is a Christian organization, but all the Christians I know at least SAY they follow a God of LOVE.
NPR reports his mom said:
Is it fear plus ignorance? Is that what causes hatred? What are they so afraid of? Why do they think their god wants more hatred in the world?
"Josef was determined to make his own statement so we went to the car and with pencil and his sketch pad, he made up his own little sign that reads 'GOD HATES NO ONE,' " his mom wrote. "Those people are scary but he stood strong, was respectful and stood by his convictions. He will be a good man, I have no doubt. I got my Mothers Day present early."
"GOD HATES NO ONE"
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