Friday, October 26, 2007

ABOUT TIME SOMEONE STOOD UP TO THESE PEOPLE!

There is not much I have seen or heard that is lower and more heinous than the activities of Fred Phelps and his family driven "church" in Topeka Kansas. These people are the ones that sadly hold up the God Hates Fags signs and also they show up at funerals of military men and women to protest and hold up their signs of hate. Well one parent had enough and has taken them to court. From the wires;

"The family of a Marine killed in Iraq has sued a Baptist church for picketing their son's funeral and is turning to the Internet to drum up support.
Albert Snyder, the father of fallen Lance Cpl. Matthew Snyder, took the stand this week in the Baltimore trial against the Westboro Baptist Church and testified that protesters waving signs at Matthew's burial made him nauseous. He'd wanted a private service for his son.

"They turned this funeral into a media circus and they wanted to hurt my family," Snyder said on the stand Wednesday. "They wanted their message heard and they didn't care who they stepped over. My son should have been buried with dignity, not with a bunch of clowns outside."

The Snyder family's suit against the church — whose members have picketed the funerals of military personnel killed in Iraq and Afghanistan, claiming the deaths are punishment for the country's tolerance of homosexuality — could cost close to $100,000, the law firm representing them said. That's why Albert Snyder is asking for the community's help on the Web site www.matthewsnyder.org.

I interviewed Phelps daughter Shirley on the radio some time ago and pointed out to her that she cannot be a follower of Christ and hate the way she does. I told her that she could not have the Holy Spirit in her and treat people, particularly homosexuals and military the way she does. For that she called me "sodomite faginator". It is hard to deal with such depravity, but that is what we are called to do. The ones that need the prayer most are the Fred Phelps of the world who, although they are not true followers of Christ, they give us a bad name. One can only hope that he loses the court case and it costs him enough to put him and his troubled band of followers out of business. The sooner we no longer see God hates fags signs, the sooner we no longer see such hateful signs at military funerals, or anywhere for that matter, the better!

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pastor tom
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