Saturday, December 30, 2006

Bravo for these teens.

The death of Marine Capt. Kevin Kryst of West Bend, Wisconsin was a tragedy. He was another victim of the botched interventionists foreign policy of the Bush government. But not everyone agrees with that.

Timothy Phelps blames the man’s parents “for raising a child for the devil.” Eight members of the Westboro Baptist Church gathered at the funeral with signs thanking God for killing American soldiers. These Calvinist Baptists hate America because America does not execute homosexuals.

Sara Phelps, another church member, which is mainly made up of the family of the abusive Fred Phelps, said: “The government should invoke the death penalty for being gay.” These Christians argue that God is killing American soldiers as punishment for America’s “liberal” position on homosexuality.

Four local teens found out of the hate protest and decided to stage their own protest. Devin Merget, 16, said that church leader Fred Phelps “is the nation’s foremost homoephobe. I want to stress the importance of opposing bigots like these.” Ben Barker, 14, said “It’s ridiculous to think they are representing God.”

I applaud these teens as loudly as I can. (If one applauds on the internet does anyone hear it?)

As for the vile Phelps: well, he does more to turn middle America away from hating homosexuals than anyone I can think of. Most Americans, even those who are antigay, are disgusted by his actions. Just as the actions of the Klan helped civil rights for black Americans the actions of Phelps and the Westboro Baptist Church help the cause of gay equality. When full equality for gay people arrives, and it will arrive, Fred Phelps ought to get a medal for his service to the gay cause.

12 Comments:

Blogger Einzige said...

It's too bad Devin Merget didn't change his sound bite to something more like, "...I want to stress the importance of opposing bigoted belief systems like those esposed in the Bible," because unfortunately Ben Barker is wrong. The Phelpses are accurately representing the Judeo-Christian God.

January 06, 2007

 
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Blogger GodlessZone said...

I deleted comments above due to a glitch in the software which posted the same comment repeatedly. So what was deleted is exactly the same as what was left.

January 12, 2007

 
Blogger Kaleb said...

Strangely, I agree with einzige. I am a Christian and believe that the Bible does, in fact, teach that homosexuals should be condemned with the death penalty. Do I agree with Phelps? No, of course not. The fact that he did this protest in this way outside of a soldier's funeral is despicable. God is not on some sort of holy vandetta against each individual man who dies because America is sinning by not punishing homosexuals.

May 29, 2007

 
Blogger Brand X said...

The Westboro Church is a disillusioned bunch who have been "cut-off" by mainstream Christians. They are a very small, isolated church (50 people) lost in the hills of Wisconsin.

If you think they represent all Christians, then I'll go ahead and say NAMBLA represents the gay community.

October 25, 2007

 
Blogger GodlessZone said...

Brand X: Why the fraudulent argument. If you say: "If you think they represent the Christians...." But where did it say they represent all Christians. On the other hand their hate does represent the views of lots and lots of fundamentalist Christians.

There are millions of Christians who constantly campaign against the gay community -- not just sayijg that they think it is wrong to be gay, which is their right, but in the attempt to deny then equal rights before the law. Phelps may be extreme in his rhetoric but in reality he has not done what millions of Christians have done -- which is try to use the force of law to deny gay people rights.

Falwell, Kennedy, Dobson and millions of their followers have campaigned against equal rights for gays. To this day if you want to get a fundamentalist to the voting booth just scare them with the gays. The hate from Phelps is ugly but I'd take openly hateful people over those who pretend that they "love the sinner" while campaigning to use government to hurt the people they claim they love. In many ways Phelps is more honest and since he hasn't yet mounted efforts to deny rights to gays -- just expressed verbal hatred -- I'd take him over the theocrats who are politically campaigning to use the state to impose God's morality on others.

October 26, 2007

 
Blogger Dr Doc © (dlcs) said...

I am crippled with diseases, i am old but i don't hate you.
You are my brother in Christ. Please be kind and show respect towards your fellow man, Oh yea, Smile, Jesus and i Love You. Honest!
Dr Doc (dlcs)

December 24, 2008

 
Blogger GodlessZone said...

dr doc: A blantant plea for sympathy is rather sad. I don't know you and never said you hate anybody. I don't know you. But if you would deny others the same rights as you enjoy then I would argue that there is bigotry at work.

I should note that I clearly am not your brother in Christ. I don't believe in Christ anymore. Jesus doesn't love anyone, he's dead. And if you love everyone then you don't love any one very much. A love given out to all and sundry can't be very deep or very sincere.

December 24, 2008

 

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