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Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Religion Harms No One? (Part One: Westboro Baptist Church)


Religion Harms No One?
(Part One: Westboro Baptist Church)

I would like to state that this article is meant to both entertain and educate those who take the time to read it. Please feel free to inbox me with points of view and arguments at shawnacupp@gmail.com.

We as Americans are given the right and the choice to believe in what we want, who we want and how we and to worship them, as long as we don't molest little kids or kill horny teenagers. Be it God, Allah or, God forbid, the Flying Spaghetti Monster, or even nothing at all. The thing we need to realize is this, just because our faith is strong, this doesn't make us prophets or messengers for those around to follow in our footsteps, to quote our religious babblings or even drink the kool-aid because we say it is our saviors will. The sooner we realize this, the sooner the world will become a more peaceful place. God bless you all, Allah Allah Akbar and may the Spaghetti Monster cure your herpes before modern medicine.
That being said, how can you judge a man for worshiping a plate of frozen tofu and you believe there was a burning bush that spoke to a man in the desert? How long was he out there wandering the desert, lost and alone? If he didn't have any sand in his uncircumcised penis, that would have been a miracle. But to be honest, if I had been in the desert that long, I probably would have been hallucinating too. I probably would have seen a grand oasis with Bilbo Baggins fucking Nicole Brown Simpson while Whitney Houston stood off to the side snorting up half the desert thinking it was her pile of poor quality cocaine.
And Christians do me a favor, if you believe in that beautifully written and woven yarn of the olden days; don’t criticize the next man for believing in space aliens and Zeus on the mount. If you believe in either or any of the above glorified action novels, you have no room to judge the guy in the next bush for sucking another guy’s dick in the park. Simple as that, if two men want to put wedding rings on their cocks, let them. The same people that are saying no to this, put Sherriff Woody in office twice, what does that tell you?
My first argument that religion does in fact harm society as a whole and in small groups is the wild and wonderful Phelps family and their congregation at the Westboro Baptist Church. It is headed by Fred Phelps and consists primarily of members of his large family; in 2011, the church stated that it had about 40 members. The church is headquartered in a residential neighborhood on the west side of Topeka about three miles west of the Kansas State Capitol. Its first public service was held on the afternoon of November 27, 1955.
The pickets have resulted in several lawsuits. In 1995, Phelps Sr.'s eldest grandson, Benjamin Phelps, was convicted of assault and disorderly conduct after spitting upon the face of a passerby during a picket.  In the 1990s the church won a series of lawsuits against the City of Topeka and Shawnee County for efforts taken to prevent or hinder WBC picketing, and was awarded approximately $200,000 in attorney's fees and costs associated with the litigation. In 2004, Margie Phelps and her son Jacob were arrested for trespassing, disorderly conduct and failure to obey after disregarding a police officer's order during an attempted protest.  In response to pickets at funerals, Kansas passed a law prohibiting picketing at such events. In the autumn of 2007, the father of a Marine whose funeral was picketed by the WBC was awarded $5 million in damages.  The award was later overturned on appeal by the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals in a decision upheld by the Supreme Court in Snyder v. Phelps. In June 2007 Shirley Phelps-Roper was arrested in Nebraska and charged with contributing to the delinquency of a minor.
The arrest resulted from her allowing her eight-year-old son to step on the American flag during the demonstration, which is illegal under Nebraska law. The defense contends that the child's actions were protected speech, and that the state law is unconstitutional. The prosecution claimed that the demonstration was not intended as political speech, but as an incitement to violence, and that Phelps-Roper's conduct may also constitute child abuse. Prosecutors later dropped charges against Phelps-Roper.  On two occasions, the church accepted offers for radio air time in exchange for canceling an announced protest.      
The “church” has been known to protest as many as six events every day, including soldier’s funerals and movie premiers. These people believe that hate is a way into Heaven’s pearly gates. You may have seen Kevin Smith’s film “Red State”, which is an extreme look at this family and their ignorant practices. The family is most known for their website, www.godhatesfags.com and their protests with picket signs such as “God Bless Dead Soldiers” and “God Hates Fag Enabler Kevin Smith.”
The group came into the national spotlight in 1998, when it was featured on CNN for picketing the funeral of Matthew Shepard, a young man from Laramie, Wyoming who was beaten to death by two men because of his homosexuality.  Since then, the church has attracted attention for many more actual and planned funeral pickets.
In July 2005, the Westboro Baptist Church declared its intention to picket the memorial service of Carrie French in Boise, Idaho. French, 19, was killed on June 5 in Kirkuk, Iraq, where she served as an ammunition specialist with the 116th Brigade Combat Team's 145th Support Battalion. Phelps Sr. said, "Our attitude toward what's happening with the war is the Lord is punishing this evil nation for abandoning all moral imperatives that are worth a dime."
In 2006, Westboro picketed with banners saying "God hates fags" and "Thank God for dead soldiers" at the Westminster, Maryland, funeral of Matthew Snyder, a U.S. Marine who was also killed in Iraq. ] Ruling on a subsequent lawsuit filed by Snyder's father, Albert Snyder, the U.S. Supreme Court decided, 8–1, that Westboro's actions constituted protected free speech.
On February 2, 2008, the group picketed during the funeral of former LDS Church president Gordon B. Hinckley in Salt Lake City, Utah, displaying picket signs intended to criticize him for being a "lying false prophet" and "leading millions of people astray".  The organization also criticized Hinckley for being too accepting of gay people, accusing him of having an ambiguous voice about homosexuality rather than taking a firm stand against it.  Police had difficulty determining whether the demonstration met the guidelines of protected free speech.
Westboro picketed the funeral of recording artist Michael Jackson after his death on June  25, 2009.  Members of Westboro have also recorded a song titled "God Hates the World", an adaptation of Jackson's charity single "We Are the World".
In May 2010, Westboro picketed the funeral of heavy metal singer Ronnie James Dio in Los Angeles.
In January 2011, Westboro announced that they would picket the funeral of Christina Green, a 9-year-old victim of the 2011 Tucson shooting. In response, the Arizona legislature passed an emergency bill to ban protests within 300 feet of a funeral service, and Tucson residents made plans to shield the funeral from protesters.  The church canceled plans to hold a protest during the memorial at the University of Arizona in exchange for air time on radio talk shows.  According to university officials, between 700 and 1,200 students amassed to counter four WBC picketers who appeared at the campus after the event.  Megan Phelps-Roper explained to Louis Theroux in her America's Most Hated Family in Crisis interview that she and the other members of the WBC picketed at the funeral of a Muslim man's wife simply because the man had witnessed and scolded them for intentionally burning a copy of the Quran in public a week earlier.
On October 5, 2011, Fred Phelps' daughter, Margie, announced via her Twitter account that the church would be picketing Apple Inc. founder Steve Jobs' funeral.   CBS News and The Washington Post noted the irony in the fact that Margie used an iPhone to create the tweet.  There is no evidence the church actually picketed his funeral.
This family is so fucked up that Fred Junior probably sucks daddy’s dick and spits the cum into sweet Shirley’s pussy just to get kicks and call it an immaculate conception. This family has so many personal issues that John Wayne Gacy is probably a saint of the church and Sarah Palin is a guest speaker. Westboro Baptist Church is the worst thing to happen to religion since Waco, Texas and horny Catholic priests that still haven’t been to jail. The mentality of the Mormon’s seems almost kosher compared to these folks.
The Westboro Baptist Church considers membership in most religious groups, such as the Roman Catholic Church or Islam, as akin to devil worship, and states these other churches to be "Satanic frauds preaching Arminian lies".  All non-Christian entities, non-Protestant Christian churches, and all Protestant Christian churches that do not strongly condemn homosexuality or align their beliefs and practices exactly with that of the WBC are said to be sending their members to Hell.
The church is noted for its anti-gay rhetoric and runs numerous web sites such as GodHatesFags.com, GodHatesAmerica.com and others expressing condemnation of homosexuality.
The group bases its work on 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.
Their views on homosexuality are partially based on teachings found in the Old Testament, specifically Leviticus 18:22 and 20:13, which they interpret to mean that homosexual behavior is detestable, and that homosexuals should be put to death.
Please continue your “amazing” work, because I tend to look at your “colorful” congregation as the George Bush Junior of the religious community. I could go on and on about these silly nut job-nitwits but the thing is, I have a real life based on facts to get back to. Not the myths that you creepy little goblins like to call Christianity. The anger you fools seek to smite down homosexuals and soldiers at apocalyptic numbers is not found in God, it’s found in Zeus. And if there is a God, I hope he has lightning bolts ready to strike down the whole lot of inbred demons known as the Westboro Baptist Church.

2 comments :

  1. you claim to want to educate people and then type some drivel. You demonstrate the Bible is true wen it says that God gave them over to a depraved/reprobate mind, uncleanness, and vile passions.

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  2. I don't claim shit to be true, I honestly don't know, would you perhaps be a phelps?

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