CPL Jacob Carver, 20 was laid to rest in my hometown yesterday, along with two others, who were killed Nov. 13 by a suicide bomber while on patrol in Kandahar Province, Afghanistan. A large group of about 500 turned out to pay their respects to this fallen soldier, and not far behind was Frederick Waldron Phelps, Sr.
A little bit of history is in order here to understand this whack job from the dark ages, who believes that homosexuality and its acceptance have doomed most of the world to eternal damnation. The church at Westboro, KS which he leads has 71 confirmed members, 60 of whom are related to Phelps through blood or marriage or both, sounds like keeping it in the family is their primary motto.
Phelps who is a disbarred lawyer and founder of the Phelps Chartered law firm. Westboro Baptist Church or WBC is listed as a “hate group” by the Southern Poverty Law Center. He is known for preaching with slogans and banners denoting phrases such as “Thank God for 9/11″, “God hates fags,” “AIDS cures fags,”.
Phelps and his followers frequently picket various events, especially military funerals, such as the one in Harrisonville Mo yesterday, arguing it is their sacred duty to warn others of God’s anger. Phelps argues that it is his first amendment right to protest at events such as this and is a protected act.
His is a hate addiction, fuel by religious believes that only a hate group could have fabricated, even claiming that salvation from eternal damnation is granted only to those God had chosen before birth, he has been the center of several lawsuits as a result of these hate filled orgies and has an outstanding judgment for about $5 million against him and his so called church.
At least 17 states have banned protests near funeral sites immediately before and after ceremonies, or are considering it. These are: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, Missouri, which passed the law, and Nebraska, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia, and Wisconsin. Florida increased the penalty for disturbing military funerals, amending a previous ban on the disruption of lawful assembly.
My little hometown buried in the Midwest, with a population of about 13,000 didn’t even allow these creatures out of their cars and were escorted out of town as quickly as they had entered.
If there is a God I wonder what message he will have for this horrid group when their time comes to meet their maker?