The Wesboro Baptist Church, the most hated fundie group in America
It was really hard to find a picture of them without the use of vulgarity. Anyway, the Westboro Baptist Church is planning to picket the funeral of the five Chattanooga shooting victims. The purpose is they are “f*g enablers” because they defend a country that is so tolerant of gays.
They are not just anti-gay as the media likes to report; they’re anti-Catholic, anti-Jewish, anti-Muslim, anti-everything. This is the group that calls the Catholic Church “the biggest pedophile machine in the world” and says the Jews are accursed by God, which says “Thank God for 9/11”, “Thank God for dead troops”, “Thank God for I.E.D.’s”, and “Pray for more dead troops” among a number of atrocious slogans. This group is so extreme that even the most hardline fundamentalist Protestant groups have rejected them. Yes, they’re that disgusting. Instead of calling for conversion, repentance and worship of God, they rejoice at the news of the next terrorist attack or natural disaster, as if they knew the victims were grave sinners which is another problem they have: assumption.
Led by the family Louis Theroux once called The Most Hated Family in America, the Westboro Baptist Church follows a strict 5-point TULIP Calvinism. Strange how they hate the Church from which they got the Scriptures and without which there would be no Scriptures and hence Christ’s own authority would be in question. Saint Augustine once beautifully put it: “I only believe in the Scriptures because I believe in the Catholic Church”.
Putting aside theology, which the Westboro Baptist Church seriously lacks, they also lack common sense. These “f*g enablers” also defend these type of nutty fundamentalists; so I guess that also makes them “fundie enablers”. The role of the military is to defend the country, regardless if they support homosexuality or not. They serve to protect us and our lives. The problem is the Westboro Baptist Church believes gays should be put to death; look it up. So, even if you disagree with execution for homosexuality (as most Christians would), then you are a “f*g enabler” in their logic. They furthermore see no problem with this since they hold to John Calvin’s double predestination and so they don’t bother evangelizing, which makes it easy for them to justify the killings and deaths of those living in grave sin since these people, as they believe, were predestined for Hell.
I agree with them on some point and to a certain extent understand their frustration: America is corrupt and we should put God before country, but that’s about as far as it goes. I am a practicing Catholic who admits to being a sinner in need of God’s grace which is why I was baptized and frequently go to Confession and receive Holy Communion. They are hardcore fundamentalist Baptists. Do they admit to being sinners (Shirley Phelps-Roper had a child out of wedlock by the way)? If we say we are without sin, then we are liars and the truth is not in us (rf. 1 John 1:8). They also haven’t lived up to the offer to protest in Iraq against ISIS. Which is odd; they spend a lot more time picketing against Christians then they do against Islam.