Here is an excerpt from The Fox News “Hannity & Colmes,” show from October 3, 2006.Shirley Phelps-Roper from the Westboro Baptist Church of Topeka Kansas was representing the church, and explaining why they had planed to picket the funeral of the Amish schoolgirls shot to death to death in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.
Keep in mind this is a “church” that claims that God is wrath and not Love. They believe that all bad things come because man disobeys God.
After Phelps-Roper Insists that the Amish Schoolgirls deserved to die as part of Gods wrath, Colms looses it, and tells Phelps-Roper that she is “thoughtless” and “a religious nut,” both very accurate descriptions as far as I can tell.
The one thing that made me laugh is Phelps-Roper who claims to know the word of God responded with the following
PHELPS-ROPER: You can do that and call me names. It doesn’t fix it. You have got the wrath of God pouring out on your head. You need to fix that by obeying.
The problem here is what should the WBC be doing? What brings on the wrath of God?
Look at Proverbs 25:21-22
21 If your enemy is hungry, give him food to eat;
if he is thirsty, give him water to drink.
22 In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head,
and the LORD will reward you.
So if Roper Phelps is expecting to bring down Gods wrath on someone’s head their so called church is going about it the wrong way. In fact they are actually bringing down Gods Wrath on themselves. How?
Mathew 7:1 1″Do not judge, or you too will be judged. 2For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.
So If we take this literally every funeral of a WBC member is fair game to be picketed.
Since They use such signs as “God Hates Fags” Then I would say that “God Hates members of the Westboro Baptist Church” would be an appropriate sign. From a legal perspective there should be no difference and thus The WBC can’t counter sue.