Check out this open letter to Fred Phelps by Ethan Bryan and other youth ministers in Lee, Summit, Missouri. Phelps is coming to their area to protest a production of "The Laramie Project," a play that dramatizes reactions to the 1998 murder of Matthew Shephard. I think the letter takes just the right approach and the right tone. It doesn't engage in reciprocal name-calling or anger with Phelps but instead offers an alternate and more transforming understanding of the gospel:
The youth ministries of Lee’s Summit emphasize that each person is wonderfully created, incredibly unique, inimitable, matchless, and irreplaceable. In the words of Paul, “We will not compare ourselves with each other as if one of us were better and another worse. We have far more interesting things to do with our lives. Each of us is an original” (Galatians 5.25).
See the rest of the letter here. We need many more Christian messages like this out there. (And what does the image above have to do with any of this? Oh....just think about it!). -- Brian