After the bombing of the Boston Marathon I became aware of the Westboro Baptist
Church, in Topeka Kansas, which is not, as far as I have read, connected to any real church, Baptist or otherwise.
The church was started in, or around, 1955, and probably began spewing it’s hate and ignorance soon after. The group seems to be under the spittle drenched command of a Fred Phelps who’s message of “GOD hates FAGS” shows a really poor Christian message and a certain amount of “poor white trash” intellect. You can see them at their website www.godhatesfags.com. It is kind of like going to the ZOO and watching the animals sniff each others buts. So who are they, and what is their message?
Who they are seems to be the family of this Fred Phelps and may only be about 50 people strange. In that way they are insignificant. Their message of hate is where they become important. Yes they have a right to free speech, and yes their speech says a lot about them.. Lets look at some of it.. “GOD hates FAGS”. On the face of it you might think that is just a statement of fact….
So lets look at the words… Take GOD… You might assume that they are talking about a specific GOD, as in “The One True God” but, since different religions have different Gods you might wonder of they are talking about Set, Zeus, or Jehovah. I am not sure at this point… because what do they mean by “hates”? Is this “hates” as in they displease him, or upsets him, or are they talking about a real hate here where he wants to rub therm out of existence? To me it seems they are making “judgements” of their own. Are they not worried that their God might get upset that they are taking one of his rights, as in “judge not lest ye be judged”? It is obvious that they are NOT talking about a Loving God who allows “free will” in order to let humans decide which direction they will follow and wants people to do what is RIGHT. Personally I would not see myself lining up behind their god.
Then, of course, they use the term “FAG”… Which is a provocation, as in “provocative speech and gesture”, which would tend to indicate a limited vocabulary.. I might not be one of the sharpest tools in the toolbox but, at least I can use words, other than slang, to get my message across. For example, I might have said “JAHOVAH DISAPPROVES OF HOMOSEXUALS“… In reality I would only go as far as to say that he does not approve of Homosexuals, Gays or Same Sex for you people over there on the left.
My belief, and what I have been taught, is that a persons religious values and beliefs are personal. While it is perfectly with in each persons rights, both religious and civil, to act as Witnesses for their beliefs it is beyond their rights, Christian wise, to make hatred laden judgements against people who do not share their beliefs. If you do not like Gays it is within your rights to not associate with them, it is NOT within your rights to usurp the judgement of Jehovah, that is his right to make these Judgements.
Now, lets get to their message about Thank God for” the bombs, or the shooters, or whatever… If any God were to do what the Westboro Baptist Church had said and used indiscriminate mass murder to get his message across this would not be a God of love but, one of HATE and so not worth worshiping…. These people believe that God, whichever one they mean, is using these people, bombers or shooters, to punish the United States because a portion of out population wants to let Homosexuals/Gays/Same Sex marry. This is stupid. Not everyone agrees that the Institution of Marriage includes two people of the same sex. It has been said that our “Freedom of Religion” can also be construed as our “Freedom From Religion” and that the Untied States has separation of church and state so that we will not have the kind of religious law that the first settlers came over here to get away from. Our law are supposed to be about what is good for Society and NOT about the Church… Do some of our law fit under both categories? Yes. If the founding fathers had wanted to make Religious law they might have codified the “10 Commandments” rather than the “Bill of Rights”.
If Jehovah had wanted use these killers to make a clear statement about HIS hatred wouldn’t he have used them at a “Gay Pride Day” event? Why would he attack athletes?
Wouldn’t the death of our soldiers overseas more likely say that Muslims are evil rather than that the country that uses the motto “In God We Trust” is evil?
My point is simple… The God that the Westboro Babtist Church glorifies is a god of hate, and not one of Love. For those of you who do not believe in any gods, it is simple, they are just a bunch of lunatics, for those who do believe in a GOD you can make up your own mind about these people..
I can’t really imagine a world, such as ours, that came into existence by just chance, so I would prefer to believe in one who either Loves us, or doesn’t care but, I would NOT like to believe in one who preaches HATE… so I believe that these people, who seem to indicate that indiscriminate murder is an act of god are crazy and that brings me to the main thrust of my article…… Even crazy people of “Freedom of Speech”.
That Joe Guy.
- Ex-Westboro Baptist Libby Phelps Appears On “Anderson”, Apologizes For Hating Fags (queerty.com)
- America’s Human Faeces The Westboro Baptist Church Sink Even Lower Over Jeff Hanneman Death (noise11.com)
- Westboro Baptist Church Now Actually Going Off the Rails on a Crazy Train (VIDEO) (manolith.com)
- You’re Not In Kansas Anymore – Westboro Sent Packing After CA Community Steps Up (VIDEO) (addictinginfo.org)
- Westboro Baptist Church may picket Slayer guitarist’s funeral (dangerousminds.net)
- Westboro Baptist Church sets May 18 date for picketing at University of Alabama (al.com)
- Man Buys House Across the Street from Westboro Baptist Church, Paints it Rainbow (fox40.com)
- Battle of the Hate Groups: KKK vs Westboro Baptist Church (neatorama.com)