Morals: Not derived from Religion
Have you read the Bible? I mean, ACTUALLY read it?
There are horrific rules and "moral" lessons throughout the book.
So it is obvious that you pick and choose which moral values to follow from the Bible and which ones to ignore.
- You do not stone people to death for working on Sundays (Exodus 31:12-15... and a few others)
- You do not condemn one another for wearing clothing made of more than one kind of thread, or for eating shrimp, or the bunch of other nonsense found in Deuteronomy 22:11... which, by the way, is also one of the main verses used to condemn homosexuality.
- You (hopefully) do not treat women as being inferior, and women are allowed to speak and ask questions in the church (Ephesians 5:22-24.... and about 30 others).
These are just a few examples from both the Old AND New Testaments.
If we as human beings have realized that many of the teachings in the Bible are simply wrong, offensive, and immoral... then clearly we have based these decisions off of something other than the holy text that Christianity is based off of.
So let's be honest: You can be a good person without following a religion.
OH! And P.S. that Westboro church has the following on their website (godhatesfags.com):
"Obama is the Antichrist Bible preachers have a duty to discern the signs of the times as they are displayed before them in their day (Matt 16:3). Westboro Baptist Church believes, based upon the signs of these times, that Barack Obama is the Antichrist, also referred to as the Beast, and we are here to deliver that message in a plain, unambiguous fashion. Antichrist Obama's end is well described and sure, per Rev. 19:20 "And the beast (Antichrist Obama) was taken, and with him the false prophet (the Pope) ...These both were cast alive into a lake of fire burning with brimstone."