Thank God for Fred Phelps and the Westboro Baptist Church.

Thank God for Fred Phelps and the Westboro Baptist Church.

September 3, 2009 Commentary Featured Thought of the Gay 8

phelpsFred Phelps and the Westboro Baptist Church folks are some of the most extreme people in all of religiousdom.  The Westboro Baptist Church website is, a slimy place full of unpleasant commentary including a countdown for the number of days Matthew Shepard has been in hell.  The church and its flock often take their small children with them for protests and carry signs like those in the photograph and with phrases such as “Fags are Beasts” and “God Hates Fags.” They are known for protests of U.S. soldiers’ funerals, funerals of persons who died as a result of AIDS and funerals of hate crimes victims.

In spite of Phelps protesting soldiers, preaching that “AIDS cures fags” and claiming that the Pope is a Whore, for the most part, America wasn’t listening.  Until his clan made a tragic mistake.  They picketed American Idol, Adam Lambert.  Straight and gay fans of Adam were outraged and the twitter hashtag #GodHatesHates was launched exposing the level of intolerance faced by many LGBT people to the masses.  According to those on twitter:

#GodHatesHate was started by fans supporting Adam Lambert when protesters showed up at a concert with signs saying “God hates fags”. Adam has said in the past that “God hates hate more” in response to those protesters.

The hashtag quickly became the number one twitter trending topic of the evening on Sunday, August 30, 2009 and tweets poured through such as:

#GodHatesHate Take responsibility for yourself and stop using your religion as an excuse for your own hatred and bigotry. [via @Buffy2q]

Protesting Adam Lambert is like protesting sunshine! #godhateshate [via @EWMichaelSlezak]

#godhateshate … That’s why @adamlambert was created…nothing but love…beautiful,awesome love. [via VTAlum01]

#Godhateshate Pastor Steve Anderson and Fred Phelps do NOT represent the heart of Christianity and I’m sorry for those hurt by their rants.

But there is a danger in all of this.  Fred Phelps is a dramatic example of bigotry and it’s easy to spot his hate mongering; however, others aren’t so blatant like Maggie Gallagher, Pat Robertson, Carrie Prejean and the like.  For example, Pat Robertson often attempts to be more discrete in his message of hate.  When he spoke out against “gay days” at Disney World, he said:

I would warn Orlando that you’re right in the way of some serious hurricanes, and I don’t think I’d be waving those flags in God’s face if I were you, This is not a message of hate — this is a message of redemption. But a condition like this will bring about the destruction of your nation. It’ll bring about terrorist bombs; it’ll bring earthquakes, tornadoes, and possibly a meteor.

So, if your one of the many outraged over “God Hates Fags,” remember it’s the same message as many anti-equality people, just without the sugar coating.

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8 Responses

  1. Jude says:

    Arrgh. I goofed. I meant to hit five stars. Fix my vote please?
    Great reminder that the people who are more dangerous are the ones who try to dress up their bigotry.

  2. janewishon says:

    God hates hate!____thank you, Jay____Jane

  3. mjpngwnz says:

    So that was you Jude !?! lol !
    I agree – G-d stands for and is love. Always has been. Those who hate/don't understand/are afraid misuse quotes to say what they think. I did visit the Phelps website once or twice – it was quite an experience. But,that's what bigots and hateful people seem to do.

    Maybe the reason the Phelps folks bring children to their protests is that there really is nobody they trust – their minds are so closed.

  4. christopher says:

    I think god is just an easy way to explain and excuse the unexplainable and inexcusable. I can sin again and again and again as long as I confess, repent or am reborn. Or so it seems. It also seems that those mentioned in the article, as well as most religious individuals I’ve known along my way, claim that one can only be a hypocrite if they do not believe in god. Just as one can only have morals if they are Christian.

    god (little g intentional) schmod… sucks to your asthmar!!!!

  5. JJJR says:

    I think they are great!
    Free speech is free speech if it bothers you than don't read it or listen to it.


  6. Jude says:

    JJJR – No where in this post nor the comments did anyone say that the Westboro Baptist Church is not entitled to free speech. What they say does bothers me and I do have the right to free speech and say something about it. I actually believe that they move others toward acceptance. That's what happened on Twitter with Adam Lambert. I watched as 5000 tweets went by every 15 seconds. People were adding NOH8 to their photos as fast as they could. No gay activist could have accomplished that.

  7. Eyrev says:

    God they are so hateful!

    Why can't they just leave us alone?


  8. Goombah says:

    The Phelps group is a perfect example of the horror of inbreeding…..If God is on their side he sure smacked them with an ugly stick!
    I've said it before and I will repeat it again, if ever there was a group of people that needed a serious gay make over it's them……

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