Monday, March 24, 2014

Fred is Dead . . . and a Democrat

A few days back, Fred Phelps, founder of the infamous Westboro Baptist Church, died.

The church apparently consists primarily of family members. Over the years his church's mission seems to have narrowed to making "prophetic" denunciations of homosexuality.

Several reflections about his passing have appeared on various news websites.

A couple of my own on issues that few others have mentioned:

Homosexuals and their supporters often slander anyone who disagrees with them on any issue relating to homosexuality as "haters." In this case, however, they have actually found one. I cannot say that I have ever read a quote by Phelps specifically saying that he hates homosexuals. I believe, however, that he--as a professing Christian--loves what God loves and hates what God hates. He makes it clear that God hates homosexuals. So he hates them,too.

And unfortunately for those notoriously ignorant progressive Christians, Fred appears to be right.

I am neither a Christian nor a progressive. So I cannot claim to be an expert on either point. It does seem to be philosophically incoherent to be both a Christian and a progressive--at least on this issue.

Here is a clip and paste from one of the Westboro Baptist Church websites explaining the meaning of their mantra "God Hates Fags:"

"GOD HATES FAGS" -- though elliptical -- is a profound theological statement, which the world needs to hear more than it needs oxygen, water and bread. The three words, fully expounded, show:
1. the absolute sovereignty of "GOD" in all matters whatsoever (e.g., Jeremiah 32:17, Isaiah 45:7, Amos 3:6, Proverbs 16:4, Matthew 19:26, Romans 9:11-24, Romans 11:33-36, etc.),
2. the doctrine of reprobation or God's "HATE" involving eternal retribution or the everlasting punishment of most of mankind in Hell forever (e.g., Leviticus 20:13,23, Psalm 5:5, Psalm 11:5, Malachi 1:1-3, Romans 9:11-13, Matthew 7:13,23, John 12:39-40, 1 Peter 2:8, Jude 4, Revelation 13:8, 20:15, 21:27, etc.), and
3. the certainty that all impenitent sodomites (under the elegant metaphor of "FAGS" as the contraction of faggots, fueling the fires of God's wrath) will inevitably go to Hell (e.g., Romans 1:18-32, 1 Corinthians 6:9-11, 1 Timothy 1:8-11, Jude 7, etc.).
The only lawful sexual connection is the marriage bed. All other sex activity is whoremongery and adultery, which will damn the soul forever in Hell. Heb. 13:4. Decadent, depraved, degenerate and debauched America, having bought the lie that It's OK to be gay, has thereby changed the truth of God into a lie, and now worships and serves the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen! Rom. 1:25. But the Word of God abides. Better to be a eunuch if the will of God be so, and make sure of Heaven. Mat. 19:12. Better to be blind or lame, than to be cast into Hell, into the fire that never shall be quenched. Mk. 9:43-48. Abstain, you fools.

Other things that God hates can be found at an unrelated website here .  

What is not widely known about Phelps and not mentioned in recently published acknowledgments of his death is that he was a long time Democrat who ran for office in Kansas several times as a Democrat. Moreover, he supported Al Gore in his campaign for President. This is before Al Gore and other Democrats found it more expedient to bring their religious beliefs more into conformity with political opportunities.

Some photos cleaned from Log Cabin Republicans here.

Fred (left) and Al (center)

Fred Phelps, Tipper Gore, Betty Phelps, and Al Gore


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