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Taking It to the Limit, One More Time

By Mark Potok on June 18, 2008 - 9:33 am, Posted in Anti-Catholic, Anti-LGBT, Hate Groups

Can the man sink any lower?

After all, we’re talking about a fellow who pickets the funerals of soldiers killed in Iraq, shouting that they are being punished by God for somehow helping America in its “fag-enabling” ways. A man whose own children have accused him of beating them viciously with a mattock handle. A “pastor” who has celebrated the deaths of coal miners trapped beneath the earth, children killed in school bus accidents, even the thousands murdered on Sept. 11, 2001. The language he employs in his sermons attacking homosexuality — versions of which have been hissed at passing children by his followers — is so disgusting that it is unprintable in the major media.

But now Fred W. Phelps, who runs the Westboro Baptist Church (WBC) of Topeka, Kansas, and the infamous GodHatesFags website, has taken another step down into the slime. His latest, posted last week on Friday the 13th, is “Thank God for Dead Boy Scouts.” The WBC Video News production opens to the strains of a hymn.

Then Phelps launches into it. It turns out that God isn’t really so angry about “enabling fags.” No, it’s the persecution of Phelps that drew his ire.

“Thank God for the four dead Boy Scouts,” Phelps starts out, referring to the Scouts killed by a June 12 tornado at a Scout retreat in Iowa. The boys, Phelps said, were “killed by an angry God in retaliatory vengeance against Nebraska and Iowa for their persecution of Westboro Baptist Church only because we preach the gospel to them. You lifted your hands against the Lord’s servants and, just as he promised, God avenged his servants by using his favorite weapons — his killer tornadoes — to kill your kids. Get it through your thick heads. God hates Nebraska and God hates Iowa. …[Y]ou can expect more and worse wrath from an angry God. … Westboro Baptist Church will picket the funerals of the four dead Boy Scouts. Amen.”

Had enough yet from the man who also runs the Catholic-bashing PriestsRapeBoys website yet? Well, there’s always YourPastorIsAWhore, a website that’s still under construction. “Your pastor is a whore,” Pastor Phelps writes in the promotional blurb now occupying Westboro Baptist Church’s latest site. “You know it’s true.”

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  • Al Champagne

    He sees every catastrophe as if God came down and did it just for him. 9/11, Katrina, VT massacre, midwest floods, were done just to please this nutjob. Otherwise he just wants to be on TV.

  • IludiumPhosdex

    Speaking of an overzealous and unhealthy focus on homosexuals and homosexuality, has anybody heard of the following Open Letter to radio chat-show host Dr. Laura Schlesinger, herself about as homophobic as the so-called “Westboro Baptist Church:”

    Dear Dr. Laura:

    Thank you for doing so much to educate people regarding God’s Law. I have learned a great deal from your show, and I try to share that knowledge with as many people as I can.

    When someone tries to defend the homosexual lifestyle, for example, I simply remind them that Leviticus 18:22 clearly states it to be an abomination. End of debate.

    I do need some advice from you, however, regarding some of the specific laws and how to follow them.

    a) When I burn a bull on the altar as a sacrifice, I know it creates a pleasing odor for the Lord (Lev. 1:9). The problem is my neighbors. They claim the odor is not pleasing to them. Should I smite them?

    b) I would like to sell my daughter into slavery, as sanctioned in Exodus 21:7. In this day and age, what do you think would be a fair price for her?

    c) Lev. 25:44 states that I may indeed possess slaves, both male and female, provided they are purchased from neighboring nations. A friend of mine claims that this applies to Mexicans, but not Canadians. Can you clarify? Why can’t I own Canadians?

    d) I have a neighbor who insists on working on the Sabbath. Exodus 35:2 clearly states he should be put to death. Am I morally obligated to kill him myself?

    e) A friend of mine feels that even though eating shellfish is an abomination (Lev. 11:10), it is a lesser abomination than homosexuality. I don’t agree. Can you settle this?

    f) Lev. 21:20 states that I may not approach the altar of God if I have a defect in my sight. I have to admit that I wear reading glasses. Does my vision have to be 20/20, or is there some wiggle room here?

    g) Most of my male friends get their hair trimmed, including the hair around their temples, even though this is expressly forbidden by Lev.19:27. How should they die?

    h) I know from Lev. 11:6-8 that touching the skin of a dead pig makes me unclean, but may I still play football if I wear gloves?

    i) My uncle has a farm. He violates Lev. 19:19 by planting two different crops in the same field, as does his wife by wearing garments made of two different kinds of thread (cotton/polyester blend). He also tends to curse and blaspheme a lot. Is it really necessary that we go to all the trouble of getting the whole town together to stone them? (Lev.24:10-16). Couldn’t we just burn them to death at a private family affair like we do with people who sleep with their in-laws? (Lev.20:14)

    I know you have studied these things extensively, so I am confident you can help.

    Thank you again for reminding us that God’s word is eternal and unchanging.

    (The original has been tidied up somewhat for the sake of clarity; nonetheless, wouldn’t the above perhaps be an ideal reflection on such overzealous excess of homophobia?)

  • Slavyanski

    I think you’re on to something. There has to be a reason why, of all issues, the WBC is always focusing on homosexuality, no matter what the specific issue is. 9-11…gays, Katrina…gays, Swedish people killed somewhere else in the world..gays. They ought to rename the church Westboro Baptist Closet.

  • D.J. Racist Ryke

    I don’t know man, but nowadays there seems to be a trend in these ministries and churches where their pastors or biships etc are acting crazy these days, such as the one in this story. Because of all the psychosis plaqueing the Christian churches minsters, I’m thinking about converting to another religion. These F-nuts make the church look bad. One pastor where my girlfriend goes to has been arrested for Pedophilia on the net.
    How many more pastors will be arrested for similiar crimes? When the hypocrisies end?

  • Billy Yank

    I could not watch the whole thing for fear of being struck by the bolt of lightning headed his way.

    Unbelievable!…hope he rots in hell!

    Billy Yank

  • Brian Cook

    Sadly, no one outside the left will ponder the Exaggerator’s serious point. As for Ryan’s charge, I won’t deny that there could easily be tens of thousands who disguise bigotry as love. I won’t deny the reality of skinheads who beat, smash, and throw eggs, stones, and dung. I won’t readily dismiss the serious accusations thrown at the organized pro-family movement.

    I want to let everyone here know that the Catholic Church has been maturing over the past few decades in an effort for giving a much more consistent witness to the Gospel of life, love, and holiness. Please give the Mother Church a chance.

  • IludiumPhosdex

    Has anybody imagined the possibility that G-d may have deliberately targeted Kansas all the more with ongoing tornadoes and severe weather as a show of Divine Judgement against the ilk of Rev Phelps and suchlike being attracted to Kansas?

  • Al Champagne

    If I hadn’t seen these whackjob’s on TV, I would swear this was a joke. Some sort of hard satire you would find on an episode of “South Park” poking fun at these types. I’m planning to picket Phelps’ funeral when the day comes. Make signs that say “Phelps in Hell” “WBC Fags” “Thank God for Dead Loony-Toon Preachers!” It is not right to disrespect the dead, but this guy does it to get on TV no matter if they are U.S. soldiers killed in combat or children killed in a disaster. For that reason Phelps deserves no respect. He will soon be in the very hell he has condemned the entire human race to.

  • Slavyanski

    Does anyone support the idea of creating a betting pool based on how much time it takes for Rev. Phelps to be busted in some kind of homosexual relationship? There can be different payoffs depending on the odds, such as:

    Male prostitutes: Lowest payout, as this would be the most likely scenario given his status.

    Pedastry: Biggest payout, as it is the most hypocritical and sensational.

    Secret homosexual lover: Somewhere in between the previous two.

    Any gamblers out there?

  • carol barrientos

    All who call themselves Christian’s are not Christians! Just because they say it and not live it does’nt make them a Christian anymore then like Keith Green once said that going to McDonald’s does’nt make one a hamburger. There are like the Bible states many wolve’s in sheep’s clothing in the pulpit’s. Too bad they could’nt walk and live God’s word instead of just talking it.

  • Ryan Sommers

    “Everyone who opposes homosexual activity” may not be as vocal and caustic as Fred Phelps, or choose to demonstrate it in such an irrational way, but they are just as bigoted.

  • Brian A. Cook

    I am so sorry that such rogues boast of being True Christians. Please don’t assume that everyone who opposes homosexual activity is like Fred Phelps. I invite you to read what the Catechism of the Catholic Church says–it explicitly demands sensitivity and respect for persons. I also invite you to read about the Church’s anthropology in regards to male and female. The Catechism may help to break down misunderstanding and mistrust.