Tuesday, June 14, 2005

His church was bombed, and now he protests funerals of the war dead

Pastor Fred Phelps, that wingnut's wingnut, is doing his level best to find a place so absurd that even the Goddest Squader will admit is blasphemous.

A Kansas preacher and gay rights foe whose congregation is protesting military funerals around the country said he's coming to Idaho tomorrow to picket the memorial for an Idaho National Guard soldier killed in Iraq.

A flier on the Web site of Pastor Fred Phelps' Westboro Baptist Church claims God killed Cpl. Carrie French with an improvised explosive device in retaliation against the United States for a bombing at Phelps' church six years ago.
Westboro Baptist either has protested or is planning protests of other public funerals of soldiers from Michigan, Alabama, Minnesota, Virginia and Colorado. A protest is planned for July 11 at Dover Air Force Base, the military base where war dead are transported before being sent on to their home states.

Phelps gained national notoriety in 1998 when he picketed the funeral of Matthew Shepard, the gay college student beaten to death in Wyoming.
"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," Phelps said.

So tell me, Mr. Roberts, Mr. Falwell -- is this really why God hates America?


Blogger Dr. Bloor said...

Asked to comment on Pastor Phelps' screed, Sen. Joseph Lieberman (R-er, D, CT) replied "I really think that God's actions in this case were out of step with the beliefs of mainstream Americans, and vindictively smiting our troops will only serve to undermine the cause of monotheism in the U.S., not advance it."

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