1/21/2006

America Sodomized by the Sword of God

I was reading this morning's Sarasota Herald-Tribune. There was a front page story about Fred Phelps' Westboro Baptist Church (which is made up entirely and exclusively of Fred Phelps, his whacked-out wife, and their 13 kids) "protesting" at a US soldier's funeral. The first I heard of Phelps was during the Matthew Shepard memorial. He was responsible for those inspired "God Hates Fags" and "Matthew Rot in Hell" posters.

Now, the logic of these "protests" at soldiers' funerals (over twenty such "protests" have taken place to date) is utterly twisted. None of the soldiers was gay, that we know of, or had anything at all to do with the gay movement or culture or anything gay. Not that if they had the "protests" would be any more justified, but with no connection whatsoever they're just completely off the hook.

But maybe we're all just missing the connection. That's what Phelps is here for, to help us all "connect the dots". According to the article, Phelps claims "the United States is being punished by God for being friendly to homosexuals.... America is 'feeling the sword of God' because it is pro-gay. A disapproving God 'has become America's terrorist' and is sending soldiers home in body bags as proof.... Phelps claims the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks on the United States were God's punishment on a 'gay-enabling' nation."

The scary thing about it is it's only a hop, skip and a jump from Westboro Baptist to the 700 Club.

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