How To Respond to the Westboro Baptist Church

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.


11 thoughts on “How To Respond to the Westboro Baptist Church

  1. And I didn’t even mention the fact that they are an intolerant, hatefull, slimy, inbred, bunch of rednecks who hopefully God has reserved a special hell for. And I say that without reserve because they have said much worse, about my friends.

  2. Funny thing is that if you attack the church. All the kids are lawyers, and if you speak out about the church, or protest them in public. They will bring lawsuits against you. These freaks use the legal system, to spread hate. What I would give to see is 100, 000 people out protesting Fred Phelps funeral, when he dies. We can line the road to the cemetery, and moon the procession!! Hopefully this freak sinner dies soon, and we can all get out and show these people what we think of them, and their “message”.

  3. Cormerdamus

    Much as I hate the WBC, I think that the only way to eliminate this form of hate is to do it within the law. The Phelps family (not a church) are using problems with American democracy and the Law to enable thier hatred, and the way they practice it. The best way to fight hatred is to use the law. Like Canada, America needs laws that limits the abuse of liberty which allows the WBC to act as they do.

    You might want to read my blog farther to find that I am a pacifist and the only way I would fight these guys is legally and nonviolently.

    Bill Arends

  4. The legal system is flawed… if ANYONE believes that this church has one right to speak against our military and our own Americans whether they’re black, gay or a Marine they should be the ones charged with a lawsuit. I’m offended that this church still has a foundation supporting it. I believe action should be done and people need to stop following the legal system, it’s made to make the rich.. richer and the poor.. to fail. More people need to take affirmative action against these sort of people, all they do is test the legal system to see what they can get away with. My brother died in the Marines (PFC. Bufford K. VanSlyke) and after reading the artice from ( I couldn’t believe people are so “inactive” and “selfish” to let this sort of behavor go on. I am leaving soon for the military and boot camp.. and if I were to die while serving.. and this so called “church” speaks against me or anyone else.. it needs to go. This is ridiculous and absolutely sickening.

  5. Taylor – I agree the right to hate speach needs to be chalenged but within the law. If the legal system is flawed then that to needs fixing. The only afirmative action aside for putting forward a petition or calling for the creation of a bill, I can see is picketing the Church themselves but as these wack jobs are so much for picket they actually might respect that (ironic isn’t it).

  6. Anyone who is a member of this “church” represents the evil in America….they use their knowledge of how to work around the legal system and their extremist interpretation of religion to spread a message of hate across the country….i’m all for freedom of speech but too many groups like these evil people are abusing their first amendment rights and getting away with doing hateful and often times violent acts all because they have the “right” to protest…..lets face it times have changed and groups like this just further prove how our legal system needs to be fixed….these people should not be recognized as just a “church with their own viewpoints protected by first amendment rights”….i mean come on 95% of the members are from the phelps and roper families…sounds alot like a hate (maybe even terroristic) kind of group to me….and that is what they need to be classified as so that every hate filled protest they do will send any member who partcipates to jail….WBC you make me sick and anyone who supports it should be deported out of this country because they don’t deserve to be here manipulating our legal system and spreading messages of hate….GOD BLESS AMERICA AND THOSE THAT SERVE OVERSEAS…

  7. I am agnostic, and believe that Christianity itself(according to what is written in the King James bible) is an abomination. However, while 95% of Christians are ignorant to their own religion, these people are simply stupid. They’re so inbred and rural that they lack the mere intelligence to comprehend what they read in their bibles. They misinterpret the word and force their ignorance on the rest(just like Christians).

    In Numbers:31 it states that God ordered Moses to take 12’000 men(1’000 from each of 12 tribes) to murder innocent men and women of the Midian people for having sex out of wedlock. Further more, he ordered them to rape the virgins(women AND children). If you are a Christian, you believe this to be righteous. 95% of Christians don’t even know about this little story, nor the many others that show the Christian god for what he truly is: a murderous, perverted fiend. Do yourself a favor Christians, read your bible.

    • When I have time to defend against this poorly researched piece of nonsense I will but just to say 1. The Middianites were not killed for having children out of wed lock. 2. The Isrealites were not ordered to rape the women. You should have stuck to criticiising the genocide of it.

      And you called Christains ignorant? Lich you need to read before you write.

  8. This group should be stripped of its very name and should be refered to as only WBC. They do not represent any organized Baptist group and are damaging the name and identy of many other people. I am a Christan and a Southern Baptist and want no affliation with them. (Southern Baptist have been around alot longer then WBC and should consider claming the “brand”) They do not represent the majority of people from the town of Westburo and are damaging the name that is home to so many people. They represet no organized church other than their own little group and are damaging the very word “church” which has connections with “sanctuary” and “fellowship” . Perhapes they should be held liable for damages? At least they should be stripped of the name. A small name with no affilations is fitting. WBC and nothing more.

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