Hey internet trolls, you might want to think twice about using religion to justify your homophobia, because Twitter user @CertifiedFool_will ruthlessly school you.
The Orlando nightclub shooting that left 49 innocents dead and injured 53 others has unfortunately brought out the homophobic bigots on Twitter. It didn’t take long for them to raise their ugly heads with even uglier opinions, showcasing their prejudice and lack of compassion towards the victims.
This sort of shameful behavior typically results in accounts being shut down or suspended. And then you have Darrius Anderson, a.k.a. @CertifiedFool_, who serves out an even better lesson to those who try to use religion to promote hate. Anderson used a series of tweets to chip away at bigots’ backwards thinking with a taste of their own medicine – the Bible.
Anderson, who is a Christian, started this project after seeing someone quote the Bible to justify the killings of the 49 LGBT Americans. “I chose to post this in response to comments I saw in reference to the Orlando tragedy,” he told the Huffington Post. “I saw a lot of people justifying it according to what the Bible says and even some people saying they would have done the same thing. It made me sick to my stomach.”
Anderson then fired back at those who point to homosexuality as a sin in the Bible.
THIS is how you serve bigots on Twitter.
“There are six things the Lord hates, seven that are detestable to him: haughty eyes, a lying tongue, hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that devises wicked schens, feet that are quick to rush into evil, a false witness who pours out lies and a man who stirs up dissension among brothers.”
“Those who consecrate and purify themselves to go into the gardens, following the one in the midst of those who eat the flesh of pigs and rats and other abominable things – they will meet their end together.”
“Anything living in the water that does not have fins and scales is to be detestable to you.”
“Wine is a mocker and beer a brawler; whoever is led astray by them is not wise.”
The body is not meant for sexual immorality, but for the Lord and the Lord for the body.”
“You have heard that it was said, ‘Do not commit adultery.’ But I tell you that anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart.”
“In a large house there are articles not only of gold and silver, but also of wood and clay; some are for noble purposes and some are ignoble. If a man cleanses himself of the latter, he will be an instrument for noble purposes, made holy.”
“You shall not make any cuttings in your flesh for the dead, nor print any marks upon you: I am the Lord.”
“Do not wear clothing woven of two kinds of material.”
“Do not cut the hair at the sides of your head or clip off the edges of your beard.”
While Anderson said he received a lot of positive feedback about his tweets, some of course accused him of twisting the Bible’s meaning and cherry picking. Which is exactly why he wanted to show the hypocrisy of those who use the Bible to put down members of the LGBT community at the first place. “I wanted to point out that you can’t pick and choose bible verses and try and apply them for your needs,” said Anderson. “The outrage people feel about this tweet thread is the same way LGBT people feel when the Bible is used to condemn them. It’s illogical. People are out here everyday twisting the Bible to their own agenda to oppress groups of people. It wasn’t too long ago that the Bible was used to justify slavery. As a Christian myself, I take the Bible with a grain of salt and focus instead on my personal relationship with God and I wish more people would do the same.”
If only religion-quoting Twitter trolls would just take the Bible’s advice instead of opening their big mouths: “Let him who is without sin among you be the first to cast a stone” (John 8:7).