Jesus Would be Really Mad

Jesus was no fan of people who use religion as a cover for bad actions, and he was known to get pretty ticked off at the self-righteous. So if Jesus is the guy we see when we leave this vale of tears I would not want to be Fred Phelps. He’ll have a lot of ‘splaining to do. Phelps, (nicknamed ‘The Rotting Cryptkeeper’ by Pam’s House Blend) is the cult leader who has driven states to pass laws against a behavior he pretty much invented — disrupting funerals to get attention for his anti-gay views. In the past few years he and his tiny band of followers (most of whom are his family) have been harassing the bereaved families of Iraq War soldiers.

While it is a great strength of our democracy that we allow freedom of religious practice within the boundaries of law and respect for others, there are some who have no respect and use religion as a cover for bigotry and disgraceful behavior. Fred Phelps may have reached the end of his free ride

A federal judge in Maryland on Thursday ordered liens on the Westboro Baptist Church building and the Phelps-Chartered Law office…

The $5 million penalty is the result of a lawsuit filed against three of the church’s principals by Albert Snyder, the father of Marine Lance Cpl. Matthew A. Snyder, whose funeral was picketed by church members.

The senior Snyder contended the picketing caused emotional distress and invasion of privacy.

For several years the Phelps clan have been spewing hate and persecuting people who deserve privacy and respect. It’s a shame that anyone was ever so disrespected as the grieving families Phelps preyed on in his greed for attention. I have often wondered where a guy like that gets the money to travel from state to state. Maybe now that a brave family won a lawsuit we will find out who’s financing him and his disciples.

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2 responses

  1. Nicole Rodney

    Perhaps it would be helpful to clarify: is Phelps disrupting funerals of gay soldiers? I’m confused because you say he disrupts funerals of deceased gay people and then say he disrupted this soldier’s funeral. But this is confusing because usually the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy prevents people from knowing which soldiers are gay. Then again, perhaps I’m falsely assuming a lot of things here. That’s why a little clarification would help :-)

  2. well, fred phelps understands the mind of god, who works in mysterious ways. it might be a mystery to us that the funeral of a soldier that phelps probably found out about in the obituaries is the right time and place to preach the lord’s message, but we are not as spiritual as fred phelps. it might seem strange the the lord, with all that’s going on lately, is concerned first and foremost with the issue of gay rights, but that’s because we don’t understand the bible like fred phelps. actually, god is terribly upset with people who are homosexual. and people who eat shellfish. it’s in the bible.

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