I opened my Denver Post this morning, over a delicious Duncan Donut and a cup of coffee, to discover something about myself that I did not know. There, on page 2, was an article informing me that, "Report: Colorado is home to 16 hate groups." Not being sure what the headline to the article might mean I immediately ran to my dictionary to find out the meaning of hate. Here is what I discovered. Hate is "intense hostility and aversion usually deriving from fear, anger, or sense of injury; also, extreme dislike or antipathy." After reading that definition I was very confused. The hate group that I thought I might be a member of does not officially exist while the one I actually am a member of does not incite hate in me at all. Let me tell you about my predicament.
The Southern Poverty Law Center, based in Atlanta, has taken it upon itself to go around the country spying on people. Yep, the Southern Poverty Law Center is in the business of minding other people's business. Mark Potok, senior fellow and editor of the organization's Intelligence Report, gathers together information from around the country and then groups various people into categories that he believes exist exclusively for the purpose of hating other classes of people. According to the Center, "nationally, hate groups grew 14% in 2015, up from 892 from 784." The newspaper article went on to list a couple of the 16 hate groups that allegedly exist in Colorado. On the list were some Neo-Nazis, an anti-immigration group that hates Mexicans and a group that calls itself "Israel United in Christ." Israel United in Christ is, incredibly, a bunch of black Jews that hate whites. Good for them.
Most interesting to me of all the groups on the list was Friendship Assembly of God, "a church in Colorado Springs that teaches falsehoods about lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender groups." Here is the church's website. You might want to check it out. It looks pretty much like any other Pentecostal church in this country. Pastor James Hagan looks pretty much like any other Pentecostal pastor. I poked around the website and could not find any of the alleged hate for homosexuals, bisexuals and transgendered people. I didn't see any groups that meet during the week to make bombs to blow up gay bars. I didn't even find any sermons from the pastor about how we should all hate homosexuals. I suspect the Center came across some teaching somewhere in which the pastor and his church took the very common doctrinal position that being sexually perverted is a choice and not a genetically determined lifestyle. I don't happen to believe that doctrine is correct but the church and its pastor have the biblical and constitutional right to declare that doctrine if they believe it to be true. Or at least, they used to have that right. Under the new rules operating in the Socialist Democracy of Amerika the First Amendment no longer applies when dealing with politically protected groups carrying special government privileges.
All of this is to say that I now find myself in a hate group. My church and our pastors all believe homosexuality to be a sin. We all believe that practicing homosexuals are bound for the Lake of Fire. But, strangely according to the Center, I don't know of anyone in my church who has any intense hostility and aversion, usually deriving from fear, anger, or sense of injury, towards homosexuals. Indeed, I know and communicate with several homosexuals. I don't hate any of them. I never have. If I have any emotional response towards them at all it is usually pity. Of course I will admit that militant homosexuals ruffle my feathers. When they tell me that I am a bigot and an ignorant fool because I disagree with them I get angry. When they tell me that I must affirm their lifestyles or be responsible for their decisions to commit suicide I see red. When they march down the street immodestly dressed, recruiting others to their lifestyle via public displays of perversion, I become enraged. But in all of those instances they started it. If they leave me alone I will leave them alone. Live and let live, that is the Welsh way.
Despite what the Center says I do not belong to a hate group that hates homosexuals. On the other hand, my experience with the militant homosexual lobby shows me that they are the real hate group. They have a pathological hatred for anyone who dares to challenge their worldview, including their view of themselves. They despise the doctrines of the historic and orthodox Christian Church. If there is any hate being spewed, it is coming from their camp, not mine. If anyone should be classified as a hate group, it is the militant homosexual lobby, not the historic Christian Church.
I think I might write the Center and squeal on some of my neighbors. As I have considered the concept of a hate group I have come to realize that many of my neighbors belong to hate groups that did not show up on the list of 16 that theoretically exist in Colorado. In my neighborhood alone there are several families that have an extreme dislike and intense aversion for me because I do not support government schools. I believe that government schools should be abolished. I believe that being forced to pay real estate taxes to support government schools is robbery. I have felt their wrath first-hand on several occasions. They are clearly a hate group.
If voting records are any indication, the majority of the people who live in my county have an extreme dislike for people who make more money than they do. They consistently vote for national and state career politicians who promise to use the coercive power of the government to take money from the minority group which earns more money than they do and give it to themselves. When I point out to them that they are actually engaging in an act of thievery they express their hatred for me in no uncertain terms. I think they are clearly members of a hate group.
The more I think of it the more I come to realize every political action group in this envy-filled land is actually a hate group. All of them exist for the purpose of using the coercive power of government to control the lives and property of their neighbors, to their personal advantage. That is hate in a most foul representation. People who love one another, the opposite of hate I would argue, would leave each other alone. They would not use, or attempt to use, government to force others to bend to their will. That I why I conclude that, despite the fact the Center says I am a member of a hate group, I am probably one of the most loving people in Colorado. I have no desire to force you to do anything. I only wish you would treat me the same way.