Westboro Baptist Church: A boil on the face of humanity
Published: Thursday, April 25, 2013
Updated: Thursday, April 25, 2013 17:04
This past Monday, the Huffington Post wrote an article about Westboro Baptist Church picketing the funeral of one of the Boston Marathon bombing victims, Krystle Campbell.
Sean O’Brien, the head of Teamsters Union Local 25, asked for all of his fellow union members to help protect the funeral by forming a human chain around the church where the funeral would be held, a practice that is becoming more and more common at Westboro pickets.
What could possibly be the reason that Westboro wanted to picket that woman’s funeral? According to a press release sent out by the church on April 15, Massachusetts “invited this special wrath from God Almighty by being the first state to pass same-sex marriage.” I am glad to report, however, that an update given by the Huffington Post confirmed that the church never actually showed up to Campell’s funeral.
Westboro is a church that was established by Fred Phelps, a disbarred lawyer and leader of the church. The church is made up mostly family members, a few of which who are also lawyers. Because they have a knowledge of the law, they have managed to avoid arrests by keeping to the laws set about them and not being violent towards the people that they picket.
As a Christian woman, born and raised, I abhor this group of people who call themselves Christians. They are the kind of people who ruin the religion for other people. In the world of Christianity, this group might be considered our Al Qaeda.
This group hates pretty much everything. On its website, aptly and creatively named godhatesfags.com, they have a picket schedule of when and where they will be protesting. Most take place around Kansas where the church is based, but some spread out to different parts of the country. One of the more eye-catching posts is about how, on May 1, they plan to picket the Sprit Center in Kansas City, Mo. because of “faux Christian Carrie Underwood.” That’s right. Carrie Underwood.
According to the website, Underwood upset the group because she “claims Christianity” but at the same time supporting same-sex marriage.
Religion and values are very difficult things to argue about because we all have them and we all think that we are right.
The church members legitimately believe in what they are saying. When Shirley Phelps-Roper, daughter of Phelps and member of the church, was asked in the British Broadcast Television documentary “The Most Hated Family in America” whether she thought that the church’s protest technique was more likely to “put people off the word of Jesus Christ and the Bible,” she responded by saying that people think that, “our job is to win souls to Christ.
All we do, by getting in their face and putting these signs in front of them and these plain words, is make what’s already in their heart come out of their mouth.”
Instead of trying to follow along with many Christians by spreading God’s love, Westboro spread through signs and chants what many would consider to be God’s hate.
They do this by not only picketing Carrie Underwood concerts or anything to do with gay rights, but they also picket the funerals of dead soldiers. They do this because they claim that God struck them down because America “tolerates” homosexuality.
My favorite things to come out of all this, however, are the counter-protests put on by communities who protest the church members.
If a community learns about an intent to picket at a funeral, they will create human chains to shield the family away from the group. Other counter- protests, particularly on college campuses, involve gay couples kissing to incite the group.
I can say with full confidence that I look forward to the day when Westboro is officially classified as a hate group, right up there with the Ku Klux Klan and the neo-Nazis.
These people are a boil on the face of humanity, and they will one day understand how awful and cruel they truly are.