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October 26, 2007

Westboro Baptist Church

Westboro Baptist Church and their leader, Fred Phelps. Adherents of that old time religion and very definitely not full of Christian charity.

Westboro Baptist has been known for some time for picketing outside the funerals of gays: claiming that America's acceptance of them was calling down the wrath of the Lord. Now Fred Phelps and his peeps picket the funerals of soldiers killed in Afghanistan and Iraq, claiming that their deaths, as with the deaths of those in 9/11, is a sign of God's wrath for, yes, you've guessed it, America's acceptance of homosexuality.

Fred, you seem to have a little bee in your bonnet there about this: not remember the one about he who is without sin being the first to cast a stone? Motes and beams even?

More on Westboro Baptist Church:

For years, the calculatedly offensive Westboro Baptist Church has horrified humanity by picketing the funerals of dead homosexuals. (You may remember their breakout performance outside the funeral of Matthew Shepard, hoisting signs reading “FAG MATT BURNS IN HELL.”)

More recently, WBC has busied itself picketing funerals of U.S. soldiers killed in Iraq and Afghanistan, claiming such casualties as God’s punishment of the United States’ acceptance of homosexuality.

But this week, the Westboro Baptist Church is in court, fighting a lawsuit brought by the father of a Marine slain in Iraq, who claims the WBC’s hateful protest at his son’s funeral—featuring placards reading “Thank God for Dead Soliders”—amounts to invasion of privacy with intent to inflict emotional distress.

And more on Fred Phelps:

Lance Cpl. Matthew A. Snyder of Finksburg, Maryland died in a non-combat related vehicle accident on March 3, 2006 in Al Anbar Province, Iraq. During Snyder's March 10 funeral Fred Phelp's clan of lunatics descended upon the church with "God Hates Fags," "Semper Fi Fags," and "Thank God for Dead Soldiers." According to Matthew's father, Albert Snyder, the WBC turned this funeral- like so many others - into a complete media circus.

Anyway, Albert Snyder has filed a civil law suit against Westboro Baptist Church, and needs your help. Although the case is being handled pro bono by Snyder's attorney, they still need some funding to cover court costs. Any funding in excess of these court costs are going to be used to pay for scholarships for returning veterans.

October 26, 2007 in Religion | Permalink

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