Christ, my God,
Phelps, pastor and founder of Westboro
in Topeka Kansas, leads,
in Your Holy Name, a campaign of hate
against homosexuals, nuns and the US Military.
Church consists mostly of members of his family, and
their small children,
who carry posters and chant during
his staged demonstrations.
addition to anti-gay protests at military funerals,
the organization pickets celebrity funerals and other
public events that are likely to attract media attention.
mission, a scandal to Christianity,
is a sad example of the corrosive power
of self-righteous hate.
Phelps and his relations constitute virtually the entire
Westboro Baptist is, then, a small family enterprise,
but the antics of its fanatic leader, and his outrageous
publicity seeking, garner headlines.
and church members at protests carry such signs as "Fag
Priest," "Dyke Nuns," "Fag Lover
Hilary," and "Your Pastor is a Whore."
illogically, the church protested
in 2006 at a memorial for ten victims
of the Sago Mine disaster in Upshur, Virginia, claiming
that the mining accident was God's revenge against America
for its tolerance
protect the members of the Planting Peace organization,
and the house which they bought and painted as a protest,
the street from the Phelps' family enterprise.
Fred Phelps' hateful harangues against gays, the military,
and mankind in general is the price
we must pay for freedom of speech.
us, Lord, to accept all people
for who they are and what they are,
and leave judgment to You, their Maker,
their Creator, and their loving God.
Where there is hate, nothing good can grow.
Where there is love, all things are possible.
I pray for Pastor Phelps and his family,
especially the children, who, in their age
of innocence, seem to be learning to hate rather than