Esteemed country rock musician Vince Gill surprised protesters before his concert in Kansas City on Sunday. Members of the extremely controversial Westboro Baptist Church (which has no affiliation with an actual church, but is just a fanatical group of hateful people) showed up to picket Gill’s concert because he divorced first wife Janis Oliver and then got remarried to Christian singer Amy Grant. The couple has been married now for thirteen years. While it’s common for members of the group to protest at events, concerts, and other extremely inappropriate occasions (like soldier’s funerals and anything to do with gay rights), it is not as common for the picketers to come face to face with their ‘enemies’.
Westboro members used Twitter to reveal their plans to picket Gill’s show at the Kauffman Center in Kansas City, tweeting: "Vince Gill broke marriage covenant & took another man's wife” and "Hey, Vince Gill-@VGcom: God hates adultery and violence to marriage covenant. By whorish woman, destruction." The cowardly protesters were no doubt expecting to preach their hatred on the internet and from afar, but much to their chagrin (or delight, it is hard to tell from the video), Gill gave the misguided group members an opportunity to spew their nonsense to his face. As he walked out to the sidewalk where the group was congregating with its trademark trashy signs, Gill proclaimed, “I came out to see what hatred really looked like.”
Gill then proceeded to poke a bit of fun at the shocked protesters and had a perfect response when they told him that Jesus Christ said ‘Divorce plus remarry equals adultery’. “Jesus also said a lot of stuff about forgiveness, about grace and you guys don’t have any of it,” Gill retorted catching the Westboro picketers off guard.
Kudos for Gill for confronting the radical lunatics!