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Rabidly Anti-Gay Westboro Baptist Church Now Targeting Jews

By Casey Sanchez on June 19, 2009 - 2:35 pm, Posted in Anti-Semitic

Since the mid-1990s, Fred Phelps’ Westboro Baptist Church (WBC) has spelled out its core message in neon-rainbow picket signs that read, “God Hate Fags.” In a series of outrageous stunts, members of WBC have disrupted the funerals of servicemen killed in Iraq for supporting a “Fag-loving” country, protested a memorial for victims of the 2006 Sago mine disaster claiming it was God’s punishment on the US for tolerating homosexuality, and picketed the University of Wisconsin, where three students had recently died in a house fire, claiming the parents were to blame for “teaching them to be whores and bastards.”

Now WBC has turned its ire on the Jewish community, targeting synagogues and Jewish community centers with a new hate-filled taunt, “God Hates Jews.”

The Topeka, Kan., based church began picketing Jewish religious and cultural institutions in April of this year when they issued a press release that read, “Yes, the Jews killed the Lord Jesus…Now they’re carrying water for the fags; that’s what they do best: sin in God’s face every day, with unprecedented and disproportionate amounts of sodomy, fornication, adultery, abortion and idolatry!”

After years of bizarre, publicity-craving pickets of funerals aimed at gays and lesbians, why has the WBC begun to target Jews? Phelps’ daughter Margie told the Jewish Telegraphic Agency that the Jewish community, and particularly its religious leaders, are “one of the loudest voices” in favor of homosexuality and abortion.

According to the group’s picket schedule, the WBC plans to protest Chicago and New York Jewish institutions this weekend. To one synagogue in Chicago’s Hyde Park neighborhood WBC warns, “Men, take the covering off your heads. While you are doing that, you need to repent of the FACT that you Killed Christ!” This coming Sunday, in New York City’s Central Park, the Phelps clan plans to visit an Israeli tourism event, with a calendar entry that reads, “All the remainder can sit and stew in your own filth, remain filthy until the day God spews you out of the land and punishes you for never repenting from having killed Jesus. You will be destroyed at the hand of Antichrist Obama, and you will eat your little cute, chubby, Kosher babies.”

The WBC’s recent turn to rabid anti-Semitism is not something totally out of character for the group. The Anti-Defamation League notes that as far back as 1996, Fred Phelps wrote in a flier, “Fag Jew Nazis are worse than ordinary Nazis… .The First Holocaust was a Jewish Holocaust against Christians. The latest Holocaust is by Topeka Jews against WBC…”

  • Dakotahgeo

    Every time I hear about or see the jackass Phelps’ family name, I cringe at what their crystal ball will come up with next.
    First, as a Christian minister, I would assure ALL Jewish people that they had NOTHING WHATSOEVER to do with Christ’s death. We ALL had a hand in it because sin entered the world by Satan’s hand. And he wasn’t killed against his wishes. He went willingly for our sins to be totally absolved by his death ANNNDDD…resurrection.

    This balderdash about races, and sexual orientation,.. Ol’ Phelps isn’t smart enough to realize he and his family have made absolute fools of themselves in front of God and all God’s creation. Actually, the entire family follows this idiot savant out of total unabashed fear.

    I wonder where this family will end up when Fredrico and Shirley, and their relatives die off. The day should come so soon!!!

    Happy Easter, all!

    PS: Not surprisingly, the Democratic Party and all Baptist denominations want nothing to do with these tilted windmills.

  • Chris

    In response to the comment ” They are the poster children of the right-wing extremist movement.”

    We can all agree everything the Westboro Baptist Church spouts is horrible. However, I question the “right-wing” label. Fred Phelps has made at least four attempts public office, running each time as a Democrat. Mother Jones states “…the Phelpses have even been invited to — and attended — both of Clinton’s inaugurations.”

  • Lora Singer

    Just a guy wrote: “130 million people have been killed this century as a result of naturalistic (read: atheistic) philosophies. As far as Jesus existing…no legitimate historian begins to question that”

    That is absolutely a drop in the bucket compared to the number of people killed by Christianity since its advent:

    As far as the victims of the so-called athiestic philosophies – The tyrants simply replaced one religion with another, the worship of themselves, using exactly the same principles as Christianity did – threat of death.

    As far as Jesus existance – There is absolutely no contemporary record to support his existance as presented in the bible, Those who did write about him generations later were relating hearsay based on oral legends

  • Rudy Whitley

    Dear Kansas Baptists, I assume you have a Baptist Mission Board for work inside of the State of Kansas as we do in North Carolina. I wonder why you Kansas Baptists have not recognized Westboro Baptist Church’s “outreach” is a little outside of the mainstream of Christian Missiionary zeal and does not look like anything near the attitude Jesus had for those who have sinned. I would thing that Baptists from all over the state would visit WBC and read with them from the Gospels of how Jesus taught that we should love our neighbors and only those without sin would cast the first stone.
    Peace be with you. Rudy Whitley

  • Lora Singer

    Creina wrote: “These people seem to forget that without the death of Jesus there would be no salvation. Jesus died and took the sins of everyone with him – so that we might live. ”

    All Torah-upholding Jews, and that would include Jesus (by his own statement) would believe that no one can atone for the sins of another, but every man must atone for his own sins as stated in the law : Deuteronomy 24:16 “Every man shall be put to death for his own sin.”

    If you are one of those who believe in original sin, then check your bible a bit further in Genesis 3:22 and you will find that Adam and Eve had not yet eaten of the fruit of eternal life that would have allowed them to live forever, therefore, they were MADE MORTAL. No such thing as mortal sin bringing death to the world.

    “Without the Jews and their religion there would be no Christianity and no hope for any of us.”

    Wrong. Without PAUL, there would be no Christianity. Jesus had no contact with nor did he preach to Gentiles. Christianity is called Pauline Christianity for a good reason. It’s made up by Paul with a bit of pagan flavor added and in no way has anything in common with Judaism except that Jesus was a Jew.

  • Creina Penfold

    These people seem to forget that without the death of Jesus there would be no salvation. Jesus died and took the sins of everyone with him – so that we might live. Without the Jews and their religion there would be no Christianity and no hope for any of us.
    Personally I prefer to align myself with the Jewish people – call myself a believer and not a Christian. The word Christian brings pictures of persecution.

  • Dakotahgeo

    Thank you so much, and I LOVE the Buddhist saying. It is so true today in the world we live in. Those religious fundies are a whole different breed on their own mountain.

  • http://Notknown Lora Singer

    Pastor Dak – I am impressed at the tolerance that you display and from that a great deal of respect springs up.
    Not so my stepson, a rabid fundamentalist who hates all other religions. I told him once that all religions are there to make us the best we can be and a path to God for it is one God for all, no matter what we call him, and his reply was a scathing, hateful criticism about “false gods” and heathens. Now we just talk about the weather because that is all there can be.

    A buddhist saying is that there are many paths to the top of the mountain but the one who wastes his time the most is the one who goes around and around the mountain telling all the others that they are taking the wrong paths.

  • Pastor Dak!

    Lora Singer, thank you so much! Absolutely, I agree that we are free to follow our own beliefs. You have certainly taught and enlightened me much today. We Christians have a lot to learn yet.
    Of course, we believe that Christ (as in the Trinity- God, the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost) knew in advance that he would die, rise again, to be our sacrifice, as it were, for all sins of the world. As I read your post, that is not what you believe. I think it just points up how differently we view our own religious thoughts (and teachings). Thank goodness, we are free in that. The Catholic faith certainly did borrow (and twist, in a unique way, lolol) much from the Jewish faith and doctrine, and from there of course, most Protestant doctrine and theology sprang up.

    Again, my thanks! Post on! We can learn much from different points of view. Then again, other viewpoints only serve to confuse and distort. Oh well….
    Pastor Dak! :-)

  • http://Notknown Lora Singer

    Pastor Dak – ” The entire Christian world today is governed by the moral code of the Judeo-Christian disciplines. ”

    Yes, Christianity has hijacked the ten commandments, however the Jewish moral code lies in the entire Torah which Christians do not follow.

    “What these pentecostal, fundies forget today is that the NEW Testament is the answer (not the end all of the Bible) to the prophecies and promises of the Old Testament.”

    When read with a Christian slant, along with the editing and misinterpretation that is the norm, you can make it sound like the OT prophecies Jesus, however, if you read the Jewish interpretation and explanation, not a single line deals with Jesus. The Jewish messiah is to be a fully human male who during his lifetime, among other things, brings world peace and rebuilds the temple. For a claimant to die before achieving this shows him to be a false messiah.

    ” The love of Christ and his forgiveness through his resurrection are the real goals of Christ’s coming to earth. ”

    Jesus explained clearly the means by which one achieved eternal life in Mark 10:17-19, These directions fall entirely under what Jesus, as a Torah-upholding Jew, would have believed. Virgin birth, crucifixion and resurrection are not and never have been in Jewish thought, nor would they have been in the mind of the real Jesus. Since there were only Jews and pagans at that time – pagans who believed in all of the above – where do you suppose your story came from? Rome was a hothouse of pagan belief and was always willing to add another god to its stock, simply absorbing it. Catholicism grew in Rome and was almost identical in its precepts to the already thriving Mithraism, so much so that several early church fathers complained that Mithraism was invented by the devil in advance to mimic Christianity.

    You are certainly free to believe as you wish, as am I, but a good dose of ancient history will certainly give you a new way of looking at your religion.

  • http://Notknown Lora Singer

    carrisima wrote: I am messianic and Israel is the center of the world to us.

    You are either a Jew or a Christian. You cannot be both. At best you can be a Christian of Hebrew origin, no longer a Jew. Perhaps you like to think so but you should really look a bit deeper into how Jews in Israel view your prosyletizing. They neither need nor want Christian missionaries in Israel.

    “G-d in manifest flesh came as a Jew in Yeshua (Jesus) to save the world from sin. He was and still is the ultimate blood sacrifice for all of humanity.”

    Deuteronomy states that one individual cannot atone for the sins of another and everyone must atone for their own sins. Blood sacrifice was ONLY for inadvertant sins and the format for sacrifice was clearly defined in the Torah. HUMAN SACRIFICE WAS FORBIDDEN. Your story has pagan roots, carri, not Jewish ones.

    “There are abominable historical events in all religions — including the Christian religion. We have to take in the good and shun evil.”

    On that we agree.

  • Robert McLernon

    I saw that movie about Sophie Scholl. Sophie and her
    group were heroes, and they should be better known.
    I was glad they made that movie. It took a lot of courage
    to print and distribute anti-nazi leaflets in Nazi Germany.

  • Mike Magruder

    Thanks Dakotahgeo. I will have to take a look at this dope. Good news from Germany! They’ve overturned certain treason convictions from Hitler’s time. I’ve recently viewed some German movies with English subtitles which are excellent. Sophie Scholl and Europa Europa are among them. Hope I got the spelling right.

  • Mike Magruder

    These loonies are forgetting that we had chicken fried Nazis for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Talk about D U M B !

  • Dakotahgeo

    Mike, if you saw this guy Phelps, you would laugh yourself silly. This guy is a slug! If his family members weren’t members of his church, he’d have no following at all. He’s just pathetic!

  • Mike Magruder

    Once upon a time a guy with a similar name assisted in the decapitation of the English King Charles. Does Mr. Phelps fancy himself a star athlete or does he believe a Catholic king to be Jewish?

  • http://none Robert McLernon

    This homophobic church is not so far away from official
    government policy.

    Don’ ask, don’t tell

    Defence of Marriage Act

    When we tolerate governmental homophobia, when we
    tolerate homophobic preachers, we get idiots like this.

    It does not surprise me to find out that they also hate Jews.

  • Dakotahgeo

    Kyle, right on!
    Your Christian outlook is correct. That is why they have such a small following. The entire Phelps cult consists of about 3-4 Phelps’ families, plus a small assortment of kooks, totaling less than 40 people for the entire congregation.
    Their message also is well known and laughed to scorn by most people, even those who hear them for the first time.
    They are not dangerous people, just very, very poorly wired… by their own hand, I might add.
    Pastor Dak!

  • Kyle

    It doesn’t make any sense why they would claim that God hates the Jews. really I don’t understand. I was under the impression that Jesus was actually a Jewish man. I was also under the impression that god and Jesus taught lessons of love, understanding, and acceptance. I don’t think interpreting the Bible, to hate people is putting across the correct message. I don’t really agree with these Westboro people.


  • mountaingirl08

    Just because someone/some people claim to be a religious organization does not make it so. These people should not be allowed to get away w. that.
    How many times are these clowns going to yell “Fire” in a theatre before that sham is shut down.

  • Potter

    We can definitely agree: they are none too bright! :)

  • carrisima

    To Potter
    You are correct and I apologize — there are also Christians exercising adverse behaviors — sometimes even ME and certainly this group in. The only difference between Christians and non-christians is that one group is forgiven. Apparently, those mentioned in the article haven’t read that In Genesis 12:3, God said to Abraham,

    I will BLESS them that bless you (Israel), and CURSE then that curses you, and in you shall all the families of the earth be blessed.

    These dissenters certainly are a cult — they are obviously not too bright.

  • carrisima

    To Lora Singer
    I am messianic and Israel is the center of the world to us.
    G-d in manifest flesh came as a Jew in Yeshua (Jesus) to save the world from sin. He was and still is the ultimate blood sacrifice for all of humanity. There are abominable historical events in all religions — including the Christian religion. We have to take in the good and shun evil. Do you live in NYC? Shalom.

  • TonyDoc

    I’m reminded of Tom Lehrer’s song about National Brotherhood Week…

    Oh, the Protestants hate the Catholics,
    And the Catholics hate the Protestants,
    And the Hindus hate the Moslems,
    And EVERYBODY hates the Jews….

    The latest Westboro antics got me to thinking; Phelps hates the Catholics, and now he hates the Jews…so when is the old civil rights lawyer going to turn on African-Americans? He’s already calling Obama the Anti-Christ, so his condemnation of the entire Black community can’t be far behind.

  • Dakotahgeo

    Amen, Ross!!!
    Pastor Dak!

  • Ross

    Dont waste too much time splitting hairs here, folks. It comes down to this fact: God loves Everybody (and so do I).

  • Dakotahgeo

    Lora Singer said,

    on June 25th, 2009 at 1:58 pm

    Ed Weston wrote”The Roman Christians needed to separate themselves and their religion from the jewish roots of christianity in order to thrive and grow in Rome.”

    The only thing that Christianity has in common with Judaism is a Jewish man. as their figure head. As far as Jewish roots go, a rabbi once described it thus: David had a garden and in it grew beautiful tomatoes. Matthew came along and planted cucumbers in the same garden and then told everyone that the roots of the cucumber were actually the tomato.
    Sorry Lora, I’m not picking on you today but I must have been concentrating too much on carrisima’s corkers to see
    anything else yesterday.
    If one means that the only purpose Jesus served was to be a figurehead for Christian(ity)s, it goes much, much farther than that. The entire Christian world today is governed by the moral code of the Judeo-Christian disciplines. What these pentecostal, fundies forget today is that the NEW Testament is the answer (not the end all of the Bible) to the prophecies and promises of the Old Testament. The love of Christ and his forgiveness through his resurrection are the real goals of Christ’s coming to earth. Either the blood of Christ covers us or it doesn’t…. Yesterday, today, AND TOMORROW! A true Christian cannot have it both ways. Fundamentalist guilt consciences get in the way of true fulfillment of that promise.
    I think you were on the right track… but it is so much more than just… a Jewish man!
    Peace, Blessings, Hope,
    Pastor Dak!

  • Dakotahgeo

    Lora Singer said,

    on June 25th, 2009 at 7:39 pm

    “How can this group consider themselves Christians by anti semitism?”

    Gentile Christians have always been anti-semetic.
    I can’t believe I missed this…. Jews who became Christians are known as Gentiles…or Gentile Jewish people. Gentile Jews have never been anti-Semitic, just the opposite. The Messianic Jewish religion today is a good example. They want to bring Jewish non-Christians to Christ; I hardly consider that anti-Semitic.

  • Dakotahgeo

    Amen, and AMEN!!!
    Pastor Dak!