On Sunday, members of the Westboro Baptist Church showed up to protest Vince Gill's concert in Kansas City, MO. At Sunday's encounter at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, Gill went outside his concert venue. The country star walked over to the front lines of the picketers.
There were no heated exchanges. In contrast, Gill remained calm as one of the protestors confronted him on his divorce and remarriage.
One of the woman protestors questioned Gill on what he was doing out there and he responded, “I came out to see what hatred really looks.”
CNN Entertainment reported, Westboro announced in a tweet they were protesting the country singer’s show, “Vince Gill broke marriage covenant & took another man's wife. Hey, Vince Gill @VGcom, God hates adultery and violence to marriage covenant. By whorish woman, destruction.”
The country star and the protesters began to debate scripture and divorce. The woman protester continued questioning Gill, "Well, more importantly, what are you doing with another man's wife?" she said.
Gill replied, "I came out to see what hatred really looked like in the face.”
"Don't you know that divorce plus remarriage equals adultery?" she said. "Jesus Christ said that."
"Did he?" Gill replied. "You know what else he said? He said a lot of stuff about forgiveness, about grace. You guys don't have any of that."
Gill and his singer-songwriter wife Amy Grant have been married for 13 years now. Westboro is renowned for protests.
Westboro is not affiliated with any major Baptist denomination. The two largest Baptist denominations, the Southern Baptist Convention and the Baptist World Alliance, have denounced Westboro's protests through the years.