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August 05, 2005

Rev. Fred Phelps on the March

Anyone know about so-called Rev. Fred Phelps’ and his Westboro Baptist Church in Topeka Kansas? The group picketed the Holy Cross Catholic Church in the military community of Dover with the message: Military deaths in Iraq are God’s vengeance for tolerance of gays in the United States.

Now it appears they have taken to the private funerals of military personnel killed in action. Phelps’ group stood across the street from Grace Evangelical Church shouting and waving signs during the funeral of 21-year-old Army Spc. Edward Myers.

"The first sin was being a part of this military. If this young man had a clue and any fear of God, he would have run, and not walked, from this military," said protester Shirley Phelps-Roper. "Who would serve a nation that is godless and has flipped off, defiantly defied, defiantly flipped off, the Lord their God?"

One protester had an American flag tied to his belt that draped to the ground. He was holding a sign that read, "Thank God For IEDs," which are explosive devices used by insurgents to blow up military convoys.

Satan is a clever little devil isn’t he? All he has to do is put on the cloth, attach a title, and proclaim perversion of God’s word and many will point to him as a follower of Christ. If we as Christians are doing our job, that is modeling Christ in our daily lives, the differences between Phelps’s followers and Spirit filled believers would be the difference between night and day.

Posted by Rick at August 5, 2005 11:45 PM

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This story is beyond the pale.

Posted by: Justin at August 6, 2005 10:18 AM

You're just now noticing what repellent turds these people can be? I've been complaining about Phelps and his Westboro Baptist proto-fascist goon squad for over twenty years. What in the Wide World of Sports have you been doing all this time?

Posted by: s9 at August 6, 2005 02:51 PM

s9, I'm sure others know of him, but I hadn't come across Phelps before. Each year at our City's gay pride parade there are fools with signs that say "God hates fags" and such, but it's usually one or two and it doesn't seem organized.

Posted by: Rick at August 6, 2005 03:29 PM

Easy there s9: Rick, thanks for post because I never heard of this guy Phelps before.

Christians need to deal harshly with guys like this because these are the people, including those with the signs at the gay pride parade, that the MSM loves to cite as "typical Christians".

Posted by: Justin at August 6, 2005 05:25 PM

Oi, Phelps came to my college a few years back and did his whole hate-filled spiel. It was a very liberal university, and Phelps's appearance just confirmed my classmates' feelings towards Christians, assuming that they were "typical" of us (like Justin said). I hated it. And I sure didn't expect to ever hear (or read) that guy's name again.

Posted by: Torazarot at August 8, 2005 07:59 AM

Why is it that Christians are less aware of the hate-peddlers in their ranks than the people on the receiving end of that hate? Would you people please start policing your stragglers?

Posted by: s9 at August 8, 2005 06:35 PM

s9, they aren't "our" stragglers. They are Satan's frontmen. When I hear about this tripe, I call it out. Hence, the post. You must understand that Phelps and his followers are such a minute slice of people who "claim" to be Christians. How should we know about this type of stuff unless?

I think that you and other lefties know about this guy because you probably think this is reflective of mainstream Christianity or something. That's like me saying the Ted Kascinsky is reflective of most left wingers or these eco terrorists blowing up SUVs is reflective of most environmentalists. I don't think that. And I don't think that you should police your stragglers.

Posted by: Rick at August 9, 2005 11:05 AM

I just read about this Phelps family. I have been a Christian my whole life and my Christian husband died in Iraq so these people can carry around signs at funerals praising God for the death of a soldier. To think that they say things like rips open my heart and and makes me hope for their judgement by God. I praise the Lord that my husband will not see this up in heaven.

Posted by: Anne at May 2, 2006 04:54 AM