NOTE: This column was written before Friday's tornadoes.
"Thank God for His tornadoes that punished the vile, vicious sodomite land of WEST TENNESSEE."
This was the headline of a fax we received Wednesday morning from that "church" in Topeka, Kan., run by the reprehensible monster Fred Phelps, whose group of hateful fanatics are continuously showing up around the country at military funerals to hurl abuse at the grieving families.
I've been wanting to do a piece on this vicious creature Phelps and his brood for sometime. For those of you unfamiliar with Phelps, he and his merry band of hate mongers [which is made up of family members, including many lawyers] run an outfit they call the Westboro Baptist Church, [the real Baptists won't have anything to do with them] but are mostly infamous for their Website: www.godhatesfags.com.
According to the poisonous fax that our machine excreted earlier this week, more information, background, photos, audio sermons and hymns, and video footage are at that Web page as well as godhatesamerica.com, hatemongers.com, smellthebrimstone.com and their latest offering: www.signsofthetimes.net.
Phelps, who somewhat resembles the villain of the movie Poltergeist II, and the vermin that follow his deluded ravings, obviously have a big problem with homosexuality and are constantly pumping out press releases and traveling all over the country to tell everyone that their misfortunes, whatever they may be, are due to God turning his back on America for tolerating gays.
Unfortunately, many outlets of the mainstream media have seen fit to give this whackjob all the free press he desires, turning the funerals of our brave men and women who fell in service to their country into a circus. Why all the major news outlets give this nut the time of day is a mystery; all it does is raise blood pressures and puts real Christians in a bad light.
On Thursday they were at again, this time at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C., where church members carried signs that read, "Thank God for maimed soldiers."
Not only that, but this diseased scumbag's Website has things on it like "Thank God for September 11," claiming that "God ordained and decreed these acts. He determined in eternity to hurl those airplanes like fiery darts out of the sky. He used the evil followers of Osama bin Laden to punish even more evil people, just as He used the evil, blood-thirsty Babylonian King Nebuchadnezzar, His servant, to punish wicked Judah."
They even admit what people say about them: "Why do you preach hate?" the Website asks, "Because the Bible preaches hate. For every one verse about God's mercy, love, compassion, etc., there are two verses about His vengeance, hatred, wrath, etc. The maudlin, kissy-pooh, feel-good, touchy-feely preachers of today's society are damning this nation and this world to hell. They are telling you what you want to hear rather than what you need to hear..."
If you can stomach it, there is a wealth of this bile on their site, which I'm sure psychologists would have a field day with.
But they don't reserve their hate to the memories and families of our troops alone. Oh no, now they also feel the need to add to the misery of the victims of storms that killed 28 people 80 miles north of Memphis.
"Western Tennessee sowed the wind when they cursed WBC and passed laws criminalizing the Gospel preaching of WBC, thereby suppressing the truth in unrighteousness," the fax read. "There's no greater sin." This is followed by scripture from Romans 1:28 and a news clipping of the Associated Press story about the deadly tornado, with some cheesy clip art of Satan pasted in beside it. But the real kicker is the following:
"Western Tennessean Larry Taylor runs his town's only funeral home. Today he has four new customers vouchsafed to him via the avenging whirlwinds of a sovereign God: his son Brad, daughter-in-law Tanya, and their two sons, his grandsons, ages 5 and 3. Jer. 23:19-20."
Not even the rantings of the most devout Muslim fanatic reaches the degree of hate that these bottomfeeders spew on a daily basis. Feelings against Phelps and his bunch are so strong that many states are passing laws to keep them away from the funerals of military service members. During these "protests," police have to guard them as they use their first amendment rights so that someone doesn't walk up and exercise the second one.
Which is understandable. The more you read about these utterly offensive folks, the more you want to distribute some Wrath of God upon their heads, preferably via a swift laying on of hands.
In fact, if you look at much of the reaction to the antics of this bunch, you will find that many wish to deal with them in a method proscribed in Ezekial 25:17, as read by Samuel L. Jackson.
If the Phelpses have the right to tell everyone that doesn't agree with them that they are headed to Hell, then I also have the right to call these useless pieces of subhuman filth what they really are: An anal-retentive cult of spiteful and insane homophobes with serious anger control problems that gives the Lord a bad name.
When Fred Phelps finally shuffles off his mortal coil, I imagine that he will have a whole lot of explaining to do when he gets to that interview with Saint Peter in front of the Gates.