Monday, September 04, 2006

On a Weird kind of Church, Weirder than usual

The Westboro Baptist Church is a very interesting kind of Church. While we have the hypocritical Catholic Church, to whom we dedicated a few posts on, the Westboro Baptist Church deserves special mention. Just thank the Beefpie there are very few members of this organisation.

It can be best described, other than a Pit of Hate, as a far right-wing (and I do mean far) organisation whose members identify themselves as Baptists, and whose philosophy runs around the idea that "God hates fags", and that every tragedy in the world is linked to homosexuality. The believe that homosexuality should be made illegal, even punishable by death. They recently appeared in the news after protesting outside the funeral of a gay soldier who was killed in Iraq.

"Our goal is to preach the Word of God to this crooked and perverse generation. By our words, some will repent. By our words, some will be condemned. Whether they hear, or whether they forbear, they will know a prophet has been among them... our goal is to glorify God by declaring His whole counsel to everyone... we hope that by our preaching some will be saved." - Fred Phelps Sr., Head of Westboro Baptist Church

Fair enough, by any fundamentalist church's quirky standards, anyway. But behold:

"We use the word 'fag' as a contraction of the word 'faggot.' A 'fag' is a firebrand. A 'fag' is used for kindling -- it fuels fire. 'Fag' is a metaphor used in the Bible, for example, in Amos 4:11 (where it is translated 'firebrand' in the King James Bible). Just as a 'fag' fuels the fires of nature, so does a sodomite fuel the fires of God's wrath. We do not use the word 'fag' in order to engage in childish name-calling. Rather, we use it because it is a metaphor chosen by the Holy Ghost to describe a group of people who BURN in their lust one toward another, and who FUEL God's wrath."

Yeah, these guys are serious. Their theology is quite amusing, nevertheless alarming at the same time. There are quite a few points, so I've picked out the cream of the crop for you:
  • Homosexuality is the worst of all sins and indicative of the final reprobation of an individual, and its acceptance by society prompts divine judgement. The homosexual is a reprobate given up by God and hence cannot be a member of God's elect, and cannot repent or be saved.
  • God has absolute omnipotence to cause or prevent tragedy. As such, when disasters occur, such as the Space Shuttle Columbia disaster or the September 11, 2001 attacks, it is God's intentional punishment of the wicked.
  • The elect [members, I presume], being the chosen agents of God, answer only to God and are above the laws of man which do not have basis in God's law.
  • It is a sin not to rejoice when other people are victims of tragedy, violence or suffering.
  • Westboro's congregants will testify against the sins of others and thereby be instrumental in having them cast into Hell.

More impressive is their list of groups they have sworn to hate:

  • Canada - because of Canada's passage of the controversial Bill C-250, which adds penalties to the Criminal Code of Canada for inciting the hatred of or encouraging the killing of people on the basis of sexual orientation.
  • America - that the United States is a decadent and morally bankrupt nation, and as such, is hated by God. (After Hurrican Katrina, an introductory page was set up on their website, asking all to "Pray for more dead bodies floating on the fag-semen-rancid waters of New Orleans.")
  • N Sync member Lance Bass - For coming out of the closet.
  • Soldiers in Iraq - "Praise the Lord for 2,010 Dead Soldiers in Iraq" and "We humbly pray to God to please kill many more". They were in fact supportive of Saddam's regime, as they thought it was the only Muslim country where Christianity could be openly practised in the streets.
  • Islam - After the allegations of soldiers flushing Korans down the toilets at detention centres in Iraq, Fred Phelps said: "So what if our guys flushed copies of the Koran down the toilet? We hope they did. They probably did; We hope they flush more. Mohammed was a demon-possessed whoremonger and pedophile who contrived a 300-page work of Satanic fiction: The Koran! Like America's own whoremonger and pedophile wangled his own hokey Book of Mormon!"
  • Jews (Surprise, surprise): Fred Phelps again infamously proclaimed - "Whatever righteous cause the Jewish victims of the 1930s-40s Nazi Holocaust had... has been drowned in sodomite semen. American taxpayers are financing this unholy monument to Jewish mendacity and greed and to filthy fag lust. Homosexuals and Jews dominated Nazi Germany...The Jews now wander the earth despised, smitten with moral and spiritual blindness by a divine judicial stroke...And god has smitten Jews with a certain unique madness...Jews, thus perverted, out of all proportion to their numbers energize the militant sodomite agenda...Jews are the real Nazis."
  • Catholics - Yeah, they even hate Catholics. They refer to the Roman Catholic Church as a "fag" church, believing that a third of Catholic priests are active homosexuals, seducing helpless children and women; Westboro refers to priests as "vampires" and "Draculas," and talks of Catholic priests sucking semen out of children's genitals like vampires suck blood from their victims.
  • Mormons - Nothing interesting about the Mormons. Maybe that's to come.

I can sincerely tell you all that I have never seen a hate group such as this. These fellows could make a hardcore KKK member blush. I think the Westboro Baptist Church is a sign of how truly degraded the human race has allowed itself to become; their prejudice is something perhaps Hitler would have attempted to achieve in his 1,000-year Reich. These 'people' carry out the Nazi ideology for our times.

What do you think?