April 23, 2007

Fred Phelps Heading to VTech

Yes, that's right. The infamous Pastor Fred Phelps of Westboro Baptist Church is planning to take his funeral protesting sideshow to Virginia Tech. Just stop and let that sink in for a minute.

Evidently, this new low for Phelps was finally noticed by at least one Christian. According to Christian Newswire, Rev. Rob Schenck, president of the National Clergy Council, released a statement opposing Phelps' decision to protest these particular funerals.

Sad to say, I found the nature of Rev. Schenck's outrage somewhat incomplete.
Pastor Fred Phelps and his unbiblical, non-Christian venomous message are not only supremely offensive to the survivors and families of those lost in the Virginia Tech massacre, but to those of us who have prayed and wept with them.
Yes, what Phelps stands for is offensive. You'll get no disagreement from me on that point. But it isn't offensive because it is "unbiblical" or "non-Christian." It is offensive because it is intolerance nonsense.
Mr. Phelps routinely violates the New Testament mandate of Christ in Matthew, Chapter 5, to love others, even those he perceives to be his enemies, and St. Paul's admonition that if we 'have not love,' we are as meaningless as 'a tinkling cymbal.'
Again, Phelps is doing far worse than neglecting to follow your particular interpretation of some ancient book. Besides, loving one's enemies is one of those many absurdities contained in this book which no reasonable person can be expected to follow. The American system of justice makes no attempt to follow this recommendation, nor does anyone who supports the death penalty or military action. But I digress. None of this is relevant to what Phelps is doing. You know full well why what Phelps is doing is wrong, and there is no need to cloak your reasonable objections in this mantle of superstition.
Mr. Phelps does not speak for or represent the sentiments of the majority of Bible-believing Christians or ministers in this country. He speaks only for himself and not for historic Christianity. His rants deserve to be utterly rejected and ignored by anyone of serious Christian faith.
Really? And I suppose that you do speak for and represent the sentiments of most "Bible-believing Christians?" Do you speak for them on all matters or just this one? To say that Phelps attitudes conflict with "historic Christianity" simply reflects your ignorance of the atrocities committed by Christians through the ages. Protesting funerals, no matter how distasteful it may be, pales in comparison to the torture of heretics, cannibalism during the Crusades, and many other Christian atrocities.

Phelps is a Christian extremist. Criticize him, but recognize this fact. He and his followers are not that far from other more prominent Christian extremists.

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