Tuesday, February 07, 2006

The Worst Person in The United States

The title of "Worst Person" is regularly bestowed by MSNBC's Countdown with Keith Olbermann. The recipient is often a journalist/pundit, such as CNNs Glenn Beck, or Fox's Bill O'Reilly, or talk radio's Rush Limbaugh. As deserving as these people are for recognition, there is really one person who literally makes my skin crawl thinking about him, and that is Rev. Fred Phelps, pastor of the Westboro Baptist of Topeka, Kansas.

Among his greatest hits from him and his congregation:
  • Congregation members picketed the funerals of
    AIDS victims with protest signs that read, "God Hates Fags."

  • Congregation members picketed the funerals of West Virginia coal miners with signs saying: "Thank God for Dead Miners," "God Hates Your Tears" and "Miners in Hell," arguing that the miners' deaths were a sign of God's wrath at America for tolerating gays.

  • After the murder of Matthew Shepard in Wyoming, Phelps suggested building a monument with an inscription reading "MATTHEW SHEPARD, Entered Hell October 12, 1998, in Defiance of God's Warning: 'Thou shalt not lie with mankind as with womankind; it is abomination.' Leviticus 18:22."


If Hell exists, then surely that's where Phelps is going. (If he's going to Heaven, then please, God, I'll take Hell.)

In response:
States are rushing to limit when and where people may protest at funerals — all because of a small Kansas church whose members picket soldiers' burials, arguing that Americans are dying for a country that harbors homosexuals.
I think that such legislation is pointless. The way to fight against Phelps is to stand in solidarity with the people he persecutes.

7 Comments:

Anonymous Tom - Daai Tou Laam said...

Just slid in via The Sideshow, but let me direct you to this post at In This Moment.

It reports on an editorial from Garden City, Kansas {western Kansas, Sam Brownback land} dealing with Phelps homophobia among other things that should be a bellweather for the nation.

7:56 PM  
Blogger Phoenician in a time of Romans said...

I do like the idea of getting people to put up big signs somewhere saying "I will donate $5 to the [HideousEvilFagCharity] for every protester picketing this funeral"

9:16 PM  
Anonymous Pissed Off Pistol Packing Progressive said...

Funny how this animal only protests where he is 'protected', around here it would recieve a resounding butt-kicking. I'm thinking if it and its experience such a time or two it'd stop.

Animals, bow down to gods,
Human Beings, do not.

11:17 AM  
Anonymous Rich said...

How about a monument dedicated to the eternal damnation of Mrs. Paul for flagrant disregard of the following:

"But all creatures in the seas or streams that do not have fins and scales—whether among all the swarming things or among all the other living creatures in the water—you are to detest." Leviticus 11:10

12:14 PM  
Blogger Daryl McCullough said...

Rich,

Perhaps it would be different if I were raised as an orthodox Jew, but the rules of Leviticus always sounded to me like:

"Eat not pork rinds, nor anchovies on pizza, for these things are icky to the Lord."

2:56 PM  
Anonymous Rich said...

Anchovies on pizza are fine. (I actually like them.) Shrimp is what would be trayf.

Naturally, one could make the case that the Bible nullifies the old dietary law of Leviticus in the account of Peter's dream in Acts, and that there isn't a similar overruling of homosexuality made explicit. But there are plenty of other things in Leviticus and Deuteronomy which are not explicitly overturned which nobody in the Fundamentalist camp is eager to make a case for - animal sacrifice and polygamy and so forth.

This pastor is a nasty piece of work. I am glad that there are other Baptist ministers who are decent and caring folks.

6:59 PM  
Blogger Phoenician in a time of Romans said...

Naturally, one could make the case that the Bible nullifies the old dietary law of Leviticus in the account of Peter's dream in Acts, and that there isn't a similar overruling of homosexuality made explicit.

"Mat 15:11 Not that which goeth into the mouth defileth a man; but that which cometh out of the mouth, this defileth a man."

- i.e. It's alright for males to give blowjobs as long as they swallow...

4:28 PM  

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