Now that I have your attention….
The freak show from Topeka that is the Westboro Baptist Church has dropped plans to hold an anti-homosexuality rally at the funeral of a soldier killed in Iraq (as is their usual custom, making them beloved by the parents of the fallen troops whose funerals they disrupt) in order to move their protest to the funeral Tuesday of the Reverend Jerry Falwell.
And you ain’t gonna believe why…
The church, based in Topeka, Kansas, believes (or says they believe) that U.S. soldiers are dying in Iraq because America tolerates homosexuality.
While this would seem to make Dick Cheney’s claims of Saddam’s ties to Al Qaeda seem rational, Westboro Baptists go further. Here’s what their church attorney, Shirley Phelps-Roper (daughter of Westboro “pastor” the redoubtable Fred Phelps) has to say about the man many consider the founder of the Evangelical political movement in the U.S.:
“There are dead soldiers everywhere. You don’t have a very high-profile, cowardly, lying false prophet like Falwell dying every day.”
She goes on to say that Falwell was never harsh enough in his condemnations of homosexuals as the source of America’s problems (this despite his well reported statements in the wake of 9/11):
“That coward is afraid. He is ashamed of the Gospel of the Jesus Christ. He claimed he had the Word of God and then he hid it.”
We don’t have certified nut jobs like Westboro Baptist “Church” showing up in my backyard in South side Virginia every day, either.
There’s something to give thanks for….
Categories: Religion & Philosophy