"The Phelps family represent only themselves, but we do not have a copyright on the Baptist name, so they have the freedom to use and abuse that name. As a result, Baptists everywhere are defamed by them. "
--The Rev. A. Roy Medley, general secretary of American Baptist Churches USA, speaking about Westboro Baptist Church, which won a Supreme Court free speech case last week. Medley was quoted by Associated Baptist Press.
For those who do not know, Westboro Baptist and Fred Phelps who is the pastor is the church making the news constantly for over-the top protests at soldier funerals and other events that focus intensely on homosexuality.
Westboro Baptist and the Phelps: Are they Fakes Meant to Deceive? Well this is my belief. Just a running theory but what makes the most sense. Sometimes I have wondered if this group is financed by someone who loathes Christians, to seek to discredit "Christian fundamentalists" and actually inversely advance homosexual agendas, because these people are so cruel and over the top. Picketing a straight soldier's funeral who died in Iraq and Afghanistan with posters focusing on homosexuality is just weird. It seems right out of some sort of PR phony stunt playbook.
Lately they have all been over the news again. I'm glad that the Supreme Court held up the right for freedom of speech, even their horrible speech but I often wonder, how come so few, have asked the question; "Are the Phelps even for real?"
For me the answer to that question is "NO, they are not!". They are being used for some agenda, though we may not know exactly what that is. [perhaps future reversals of speech freedoms?]. Even the fact they are plastered across the news on every media front, says something. Imagine if this was a true church out there witnessing to people with wholesome decent signs speaking of salvation in Jesus Christ, the media wouldn't give 2 seconds of attention to them.
Look at the picture at top: "God is Your Enemy" is written on one of the posters. That sounds like something a Satanist would write to get unbelievers to reject the gospel. While Christians understand homosexuality is a sin, their over-focus on it and hatred of those struggling with that sin, seems to be a hateful parody written by some extreme liberals.
Come on ask yourself are these people even for real?
More Satanically inspired posters. "God hates you" is written on another poster above. Again, no true Christian would write that, but what is sad, is worldwide, people see these folks as representative of "fundamentalist Christians". I believe that is purposeful. How much easier to label every Bible believing Christian, a hater, a bigot, cruel, and nasty? They are like a Landover Baptist [a website written by unbelievers to mock Christians]parody website in the flesh; they also have their own websites like www.godhatesfags.com that read like parodies as well.
Unusual theology permeates the Westboro church and endless false teachings, as well as cult qualities. It is interesting they are said to hold to extreme Calvinism here, while seeing themselves [only?] as being members of an elect.See here. There have been adult children of Phelps who have alleged abuse.
I questioned even posting this entry, the last thing I want to do is give these folks even more of our undeserved attention. If my theory is wrong, and they are "real" in their beliefs, then their church and their message still show nothing of true Christianity, just hate and anti biblical messages about God that will only dishearten and turn more nonbelievers against what they think is "Christianity". Ask yourself why this "church" gets so much attention in our media.