Thursday, January 24, 2008

Fred Phelps: evil incarnate

Want further proof that the extreme Christian right is really a front for Satan worshippers, pushing an agenda of pure hatred and evil, in the name of their God? Look no further than the latest outrage peddled by Fred Phelps and his beyond-insane Westboro Baptist Church, based in Kansas, on the tragic death of Heath Ledger.

This follows this hate group's long-standing tradition of picketing the funerals of gay men and even U.S. soldiers killed in Iraq.

Christianity will be dead in the United States and elsewhere in a few decades if these guys keep this up. For those of us on the progressive left working to promote a more secular, free and just society, where all human beings are loved and respected, you're making our jobs easier, Fred.

I learned in Catholic school a long time ago that Jesus wants us to love our fellow men and women and not to judge. I've never been able to decipher anything remotely Christian in Phelps' words and actions and I'm sure I never will.

********** UPDATE **************

Canuck Attitude posted about this as well. He pointed out a great comment by Marina Hyde at the Guardian on the same subject:

"Further comment feels unnecessary, other than perhaps to wonder whether the "church" will ever realise that their continued existence is the most eloquent argument against the existence of any deity. And then to accept the answer would be a no."


RuralSandi said...

Looks good on them - Ledger is being flown home to Australia for his funeral.

I don't think when Phelps reaches the pearly gates the doors will open - he'll be heading the other direction.

Matt Guerin said...

Previously reasonable people became Nazis just 70 years ago. The flawed human mind can embrace any ideology or belief system, especially when such belief systems sometimes offer us absolute power on Earth. Therefore, Phelps' maniacal and disgustingly vile beliefs shouldn't shock or surprise us either. He represents the worst of the bible thumpers, the idiots for whom alleged power and control over their fellow men is most important. It's not about God for them, it's about control. They fervently embrace their form of religion as a tool with which to assault the rest of humanity and declare themselves superior and in tune with a wrathful, violent God they love to envisage.

My God disapproves greatly of Phelps' hate-filled actions. Although I don't believe in Hell. My God forgives all for life's transgressions, once the soul realizes the errors of their life and seeks forgiveness, it is absolved and becomes one with God, or the One, or the universe, or whatever you want to call it....Thank God most religious people are nothing like Phelps.

Christian Conservative said...

Matt, Phelps does not speak for me. He is NOT a follower of the Lord Jesus Christ, and Fred will himself face condemnation from the Lord Jesus Christ when the judgement comes.

Don't lump the rest of us in with him... he's not one of us, though he claims to be. It's like me trying to pass myself off as a Liberal... based on my views, I'm clearly not.

The Lord Jesus Christ taught us to love even our enemies... clearly the Phelps clan refuse to heed Christ's teachings, so why would you assume they're truely Christ's followers?

Matt Guerin said...

I most certainly do not lump all Christians in with Phelps. I recognize he's off in some dark corner...