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Sunday, December 12, 2010

Despite this …

Amazing, that's how God rolls
Billions of people, drowning in woes
Crazy, it's much too late
To speak of God's love
When you've brought on His hate
Cryin' 'bout your feelings
For your sin, no shame
You're going straight to hell on a crazy train
You're going straight to hell on a crazy train
Let's go!
You've listened to preachers
Your leaders are fools
Your raping false prophets
Who make their own rules
The Beast is ascending
To rule and control
The media sells it
And you pay the toll
This nation God's deceiving
He'll torment you in flames
You're going straight to hell on a crazy train
You're going straight to hell on a crazy train
We've told you your destruction's imminent
You will not listen to our words
Heirs of God's fury
That's what's left to come
Through filthy rebellion
God has made you numb
Crazy, the pride that you wear
God's wrath will be brutal
He will say what is fair
God has not been sleeping
He's gonna bring the pain
It's time for your final ride on this crazy train
Your final stop is hell on this crazy train.

No, no. This isn't my favourite poem at all. For me, this brings back the thought of Westboro Baptist Church (WBC). An independent church known for its extreme stance against homosexuality, which includes picketing funerals and desecrating the American flag, the church is widely described as a hate group and is monitored as such by the Anti-Defamation League and others.

Headed by Fred Phelps - and consisting mostly of members of his large family - it has about 100 members. The group claims that it is in love with Jesus Christ and has placed anti-Gay ads on buses, sign-posts, and ads. In order to further its stance it goes to schools, churches, funerals, and more - shouting obscenities and hateful slogans against the people.

The group bases its work around the belief expressed by its best known slogan and the address of its primary Web site, "God Hates Fags", asserting that every tragedy in the world is linked to homosexuality — specifically society's increasing tolerance and acceptance of the so-called homosexual agenda.

The group maintains that God hates gays above all other kinds of "sinners" and that homosexuality should be a capital crime.

Students kissing in front of protesters from Westboro Baptist Church

The WBC maintains a God Hates India website (now part of the site called www.godhatesthe where they state that "80% of India's population claim to practice Hinduism. A country full of idolatry inevitably results in a nation full of fags and fag-enablers, because that's what happens when you depart from the 'Living God'!

The group came into the national spotlight in 1998, when they were featured on CNN for picketing the funeral of Matthew Shepard, a young man beaten to death by two men because of his homosexuality.

WBC members, led by Fred Phelps, picketed the funeral (as well as the trial of Matthew's assailants), displaying signs with slogans such as "Matt Shepard rots in Hell" and "AIDS Kills Fags Dead”. (A docu-drama movie on the Matthew case will be shown at T2F soon.)

The Westboro Baptist Church has protested at the funerals of people ranging from Fred Rogers and Coretta Scott King to Jerry Falwell.

On hearing that copies of Qur'an were flushed down the toilet in Guantanamo, Phelps said, "So what if our guys flushed copies of the Qur'an down the toilet? We hope they did." ... and, this year they threatened to burn copies of the Qur'an and even got volunteers. They were stopped from following their act by calls from the USA government and others — for all the wrong reasons: Afghan, Iraq, Pakistan, and other places - and the problems the USA troops could face!

Here's a small list of items posted on its site.
Go there to see more.
Christian Churches
Goddard UMC in Goddard, KS
December 12, 2010 8:30 AM - 9:00 AM

WBC will picket the Goddard UMC because the
so-called Christian churches of this nation have,
of one accord, turned their backs on God's clear standard.
The Methodists have joined hand in hand with
all the churches across this land to spread the soul-damning lies.

Wexner Jewish Student Center in Columbus, OH
December 16, 2010 3:00 PM - 3:30 PM
WBC will picket the Ohio State Hillel at OSU
where the youth of this nation are taught to
substitute the traditions of the filthy Jews
for the commandments of God.
The Jews alone received God's blessings,
but despised them and rejected and killed their Messiah.
They refuse to repent for that great crime
and sin against God, and continue to harden their hearts
like their forefathers.

Jesus’s ministry of three-and-a-half years was
to the lost house of Israel.
But they would not obey, and they crucified him.
When they did so, they screamed,
“His blood be on us, and on our children,”
Matthew 27:25
God hates Israel. Her destruction is coming from God.
You rebellious sinful Jews will NOT get a pass
because Jesus was a Jew. The Jews killed Jesus.

Marion High School in Marion, KS
December 14, 2010 7:50 AM - 8:20 AM
WBC to travel to MHS to show the children
of this city some truth for probably the only time
in their lives.  They have been taught a steady diet of lies
their whole lives with a side of pride and rebellion.
You raise these demon-possessed brats
to have no knowledge of the Bible,
much less a true understanding of their God.
The parents, preachers, teachers, and leaders
- all the way up to Antichrist Obama -
are to blame. Your destruction is imminent!

& … Funerals
On March 10, 2006, WBC picketed the funeral of MLC Matthew Snyder. Matthew's father said, "They turned this funeral into a media circus and they wanted to hurt my family. They wanted their message heard and they didn't care who they stepped over. My son should have been buried with dignity, not with a bunch of clowns outside."

Recently they have announced the picketing of Elizabeth Edward's funeral and put up this ad in many places.

I look at all this and still know that the USA isn't doomed at all. This is just a loony collection of nutcases in a remarkable country that has lovely laws and wonderfully amazing people.

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Blogger nuclearbattery said...

The WBC severely pisses me off. I came into contact with them/their existence around my first month in USA - this was when they were going to protest in Boston against Matthew Shepard. Right outside a screening of the play The Laramie Project. I can't even begin to write about how much they and their tactics disgust me - but one specific strategy they employ which I feel should be mentioned is something I learned when I went to the anti-WBC protest. Apparently they raise most of the money by suing people if they come too close to them while protesting. So if there's a WBC protest going on, and you linger too near to them as part of an anti-protest, they will sue you on the grounds of 'harassing' them. It has worked. They also make little children hold up their 'God hates fags' signs.

I would, however, like to emphasize on the last bit of your post though and that is very true. There are more people against the WBC than for them, and which is why I feel thankful (no, not towards God). We're still - in the majority - sane, but these nutcases really need to stop promoting intolerance.

13 December, 2010 09:47


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