Friday, April 9, 2010
The ugly face of Christianity known as the Westboro Baptist Church took aim at the 25 dead West Virginia miners and their families because:
“This whole nation is awash in rebellious sin and defiance of God, His standard, and His servant’s faithful words. So God reached down and smacked one of those mines, killing 25 (and likely four more are dead),” it said. “Now you moan and wallow in self-pity, and pour over the details of the dead rebels’ lives, pretending they’re heroes.”
The church, led by nutcase Fred Phelps, has attracted the wrath of millions by showing up at funerals for soldiers who were killed in Iraq and Afghanistan carrying signs that say that say “God Hates Fags” and “Thank God for Dead Soldiers.”
In Phelps’ pathologically insane organization of the universe, the death of soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan is God’s way of punishing the U.S. for its growing acceptance of gay and lesbian Americans.
But focusing their crazy vitriol on West Virginia miners and their families represents a new chapter of activity for Fred Phelps and his followers.