The Westboro Baptists are at it again, and this time country music star Vince Gill is taking a stand against the protest group’s shenanigans, reports Billboard on Sept. 11. Gill stopped to have a chat with one of the protestors Sunday who was demonstrating outside his show at the Kauffman Center in Kansas City.
The 56-year-old singer said the reason he paused to confront the Westboro Baptist was to “see what hate looked like.”
The religious clan, known for their extreme ideologies and tasteless picketing at military funerals, gay weddings and Jewish functions, were picketing Gill’s show because he is an “adulterer.”
“What are you doing with another man's wife?” a protestor asked Gill. “Don't you know that divorce plus remarriage equals adultery? Jesus said that.”
The protester was referring to Jesus’ words in response to a question by the Pharisees, who were constantly trying to entrap Christ in some Mosaic Law loophole. Jesus said at Matthew 19:9: “I say to you that whoever divorces his wife, except on the grounds of fornication, and marries another commits adultery.”
Gill divorced Janis Oliver in 1998 and remarried Christian pop singer Amy Grant in 2000. So while the clan’s Bible reading may be up to par, their means certainly are not. A more obnoxious group of people would be hard to find.
Gill agreed, shooting back at the protester, “[Jesus] also said a lot of stuff about forgiveness, about grace. You guys don't have any of that,” Gill said.
Turning his attention toward another protestor, Gill said “I’ve seen you on TV, man. You’re a big dips**t.”
Easy there big guy.