Westboro Lunatics to Picket at Sandy Hook

In the Huffington Post:

The Westboro Baptist Church, the controversial group known for protesting outside funerals of slain U.S. service members, announced that it will picket a vigil for the victims of Friday’s Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, the second-deadliest school shooting in American history.

Shirley Phelps-Roper, a spokesperson for the group and, like most members of the organization, a relative of the group’s founder, Fred Phelps, announced on Twitter on Saturday the group’s plan “to sing praise to God for the glory of his work in executing his judgment”…

Members of the Westboro Baptist Church say that America is being punished for its acceptance of gays and lesbians. In recent days, Phelps family members have sent tweets about the Connecticut shooting that have said “God sent the shooter.”

Not surprisingly, the group’s announcement was met with resistance online…

The Southern Poverty Law Center calls the Westboro Baptist Church “arguably the most obnoxious and rabid hate group in America,” while the Anti-Defamation League calls it “a small virulently homophobic, anti-Semitic hate group.”

In 2011, the Supreme Court ruled in favor of the Westboro Baptist Church, saying that the right to picket funerals was protected under the First Amendment. President Obama earlier this year, however, signed legislation that said that protests must be held 300 feet from military funerals.


5 thoughts on “Westboro Lunatics to Picket at Sandy Hook

  1. ‘Seems to me that the First Amendment is used as the reason for anything to hide behind when people want their own way in things, and allows anyone to use it as a shield for their own selfish ends.This is not a time for controversial groups to protest in order to “sing praise to God for the Glory of His work in executing His judgement..” The deaths of these Holy Innocents is not the result of God’s wrath on American society; rather it is the result of the Evil that permeates our society because of our failure to accept God’s Love for us and to know salvation and everlasting peace in accepting His Son Jesus as Lord and Saviour of the World.This act of murder was the result of our failure as a people to ensure that the free flow of arms sales and the right to carry arms and to own firearms is enshrined in the Law of the land.Who on earth needs an assault rifle for protection?
    ” Those who live by the sword shall perish by the sword…” said Jesus (Mattew 26:52)
    So called Christians of this type are not what Christianity, as I understand it, is about, and these people give our Faith a bad name.
    I cannot believe that these people are so insenitive towards those who have lost their loved ones in this terrible tragedy, that they would undertake to protest in this way.

    1. But you know, you gotta own these people, especially if they’re the worst example. I mean, first of all, they’re heretic Protestants, but like what I say about my own liberalized Catholic Church- to abandon them is to be derelict of duty. I guess that’s why I still talk to people like Irishanglican or the two (or more) Orthodox people here. Heck, probably why I still frequent this blog at all. (I mean, I could just start bringing my doom and gloom at Rorate Caeli or Fr. Z’s blog, but who exactly benefits from someone who has nothing new to add? Maybe I have nothing new to add here, either. But here we are.)

      We must break their will, first. Burning them at the stake is possible, but, as with war, it ought to be done when nothing else can be done. Why? Because you can’t bring them back once they’re gone. But then, when they’re a clear and present threat (like atheists) you can’t just sit down and talk or discuss or dialogue or be civil at all, or you can try, but then the time and place to draw lines gets fuzzy. And emotion dominates everything anyways if you don’t want the entire exercise to become a sterile academic self-indulgence. So the entire “Sit down and talk” tactic becomes pointless.

      These people are clearly at war. But they’re misguided. They’re attacking anyone and everyone, ironically not being discriminating in who they attack. They are what the liberals call “Equal Opportunity Hatemongers.”

  2. I have a long history with these people and have the distinct honor of being sworn at by name by the Phelps clan. As nasty as they are I feel only pity for them knowing how they were raised and how that has been passed on to the now fourth generation.

    Some twenty years ago I crossed their picket line at St. David’s Episcopal Church and elicited the vilest, most blasphemous rant I’d ever heard since The Exorcist. I was torn between pity, rage and the sense that all involved were playing parts in an absurdist performance. Having sat next to some of the picketers in class as their father was the subject of case studies in legal malpractice and later shared class notes with them at study sessions in my apartment I couldn’t hate them despite the mask of hatefulness they wore at the moment.

    The next day the absurdity continued a block over at Most Pure Heart of Mary where one of the anti-Catholic signs was held by a Phelps son-in-law wearing a Notre Dame sweatshirt. You have to laugh.

    Next time I’m home I really am going to take them lemonade or hot chocolate depending on the season and just tell that Jesus loves them.

    Say a prayer for them.

    Now, if I can feel charity for them maybe by God’s grace I can express charity for anti-Catholic, anti-ordinariate Anglicans.

    Please, say a prayer for me.

  3. My first thought was that the Westboro people should have the crap beaten out of them for defaming this, then my dear wife reminded me that it would only exacerbate the situation. They should be ignored, and steered to a site where they can rant and rave, perhaps to the nearest landfill or garbage dump. They are still the slime on the undercoating of Christian compassion.

  4. Your wife is right , of course. In their home town it is understood that they will sue, and recover big bucks from, anyone who touches them. They are not just a “church”. they are also a law firm. Their theology is not the only weird contradiction in their lives: they are go to folks for discrimination cases and simultaneously known for being unethical in their practice. The old man gets credit for the ethics problems. My thought is that he thinks himself a latter day John Brown– a figure who looms large in Kansas history and imagination.

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