Writer's Ramblings

Pastor Fred Phelps and the Westboro Baptist Church

Written by  December 31, 2005

The perversion of religion to suit one’s personal beliefs is not anything new. The Crusades and numerous holy wars desecrate our history like graffiti on a headstone. Religious fanaticism is nothing new by any means. I, by no means, am a Bible scholar. What I am is an individual with religious beliefs, and I want to share a little with you on a subject I feel is very important. I am not going to preach to you, so please hear me out. I am going to state an opinion on a cancer in our society, and I want to further discuss an issue that we touched upon in a previous issue of Cycle Connections in an article submitted by Mike Foote.

What I am about to share with you came about through my story and interview on the Patriot Guard Riders. I have stated before that while I may not agree with our country’s military involvements, I wholeheartedly support our troops. This being the case, I take great offense at anybody who disrespects our soldiers, the military as a whole, and of course, soldiers’ families. That is where the giant waste-of-skin, the Reverend Fred Phelps, enters the picture.

With a web site entitled www.godhatesfags.com promoting his miserable excuse for a movement, you know it has to be a class act. Now before you all start screaming “fag-lover,” this is not the case. I believe what I believe; homosexuality is not the basis for this article or this argument. Twisting the word of God to suit one’s personal agenda is.

Phelps and his followers have taken on as their responsibility the disruption of the funeral services of our nation’s fallen heroes, and they do so in the name of God. Phelps’ premise is since the Bible condemns homosexuality; he can speak for God and state that God is killing our nation’s soldiers as a consequence of our tolerance of homosexuality.

Those of you who know me personally know that I am no genius, but my wife is pretty damn smart, so let’s start picking apart Fred’s doctrine by seeing what Phelps’ so-called source, the Bible, actually says. Deuteronomy 4:2 states “Do not add to what I command you and do not subtract from it but keep the commands of the Lord your God that I give you. In a nutshell, the Bible does condemn the act of homosexuality. That’s clear. But if I understand the passage I just quoted, we’re not supposed to ADD OUR OPINIONS to what God has already said. Now I throw a little challenge out to our favorite Topeka minister: Show me anywhere in the Bible a passage stating that God will kill our soldiers with improvised explosive devices as a judgment for ANY sin, and I will retract everything I have said. But, Phelps, there is a catch; you cannot pick and choose passages from the Bible to suit your agenda, because, as you SHOULD know, if you are going to use ANY part of the Bible to defend a position, you must use the WHOLE Bible to defend it. My passage from Deuteronomy stands alone and is backed up over and over again throughout scriptures. Let me make it a little easier for you—YOU can’t twist God’s words to suit what YOU want.

Phelps believes God is punishing our nation for its values by using IEDs from the insurgents to kill our soldiers overseas. I contend that God is the judge and does not need Fred Phelps or any of his followers to speak for him. Deuteronomy 32:35 states, “Vengeance is mine, and retribution, in due time their foot will slip; for the day of their calamity is near and the impending things are hastening upon them.” I have known several good preachers through the years, and the funny thing is not one of them needed an army of lawyers to protect them from anything or anybody. The Phelps clan has become masters at manipulating our legal system to suit their needs. A prime example is found here. A prank yes, even a dangerous prank yes. An act of terrorism? Give me a break. But the litigation and misuse of our judicial system goes on.

Fred Phelps and his followers appear to be mentally unstable. I urge you to check out his web site and see for yourself. According to them, we are to believe that hurricane Katrina was God’s wrath on us as well as worldwide catastrophes. On his start page where they list events they intend to picket, he refers to a Catholic church and a Lutheran church as “sodomite whorehouses masquerading as a church,” much like Phelps himself masquerades as a man of God. The FAQ section of the site is particularly eye-opening to the true extent of these peoples’ dementia. Phelps contends that soldiers join the Army since they are “lazy and can find no real work.” The following crap is also on the same page. “They turned America over to fags; they’re coming home in body bags.” Unbelievable, huh? My only joy is knowing that one day he will occupy his own special place in hell, and I pray to God it is a long and very painful journey before he gets there.

Our soldiers give today and have given their lives in the past, to ensure the freedoms that Phelps and his family use to their fullest. Yet he chooses the memorial services and funerals of these fallen heroes to demonstrate for his warped causes. Fortunately, there are groups such as the Patriot Guard who are doing all they can to lessen the effects of this insanity. They are countering Phelps’ evil with true examples of good. Of course the man himself does not attend the little acts of desecration alone; he brings innocent little 8-year-old girls to stomp on the flag of the United States of America in the presence of the families grieving over the loss of a son or daughter who died defending that flag. Remember though, he will be more than happy to show up in court to litigate your ass on any, and I do mean ANY, infringement on his civil liberties. Jimmy Swaggert, Jim Baker and even Oral Roberts have had their moments, but Fred Phelps proves once again there is no depth to which man will not lower himself.

Romans 12:17, “Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everybody. If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone. Do not take revenge, my friend, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: “It is mine to avenge; I will repay, “says the Lord…Do not be overcome by, evil but overcome evil with good.”

By Loney and
Stephanie Wilcoxson