08 February 2007

Shitbags of the Week: Westboro Baptist Church

I believe there is a special corner of White Man's Hell for degenerated weasels like the so-called Rev. Fred Phelps. I do hope that this self-righteous shit, and all the turds in the toilet of his congregation end up meeting the person who will flush them into oblivion.

To do something so despicable to a Family in their moment of grief and need takes a real sociopath. I really hope that Fred and his minions get theirs; I know they will, I have faith in that...


By Jessie Halladay
The Courier-Journal

A church group from Kansas that has protested at soldiers' funerals around the country plans to go to Bardstown to picket before the funeral for the 10 people killed in a house fire Tuesday.

The group from the Westboro Baptist Church in Topeka plans to demonstrate 45 minutes prior to the funeral in order to show that their deaths are God's punishment for a "filthy" nation that has disobeyed "His will," said Shirley Phelps-Roper, a member of the church.

A date for the funeral had not been set by the family of the fire victims as of yesterday.

The Rev. Louis Coleman, who spent part of yesterday with the Maddox and Litsey families as they grieved, said it is ridiculous for this group to protest in Bardstown.

"That's terribly disrespectful to this family and to the community at large," said Coleman, a Louisville activist.

Westboro members have traveled the country staging the pickets -- holding signs that include such messages as "America is doomed" and "Thank God for 9/11."

"Our job is to cause America to know its abominations," Phelps-Roper said, adding that deaths such as those in Bardstown are punishment for a country that tolerates homosexuality.

Last year, Kentucky's legislature passed a law that banned protests at military and other funerals. But a federal judge has barred the law from being enforced, saying that it appears to go too far in limiting free speech.

The Rev. Michael Smith, pastor of the First Baptist Church in Bardstown, said he was sure the family would not appreciate the protest during their time of grief.

"Everybody needs that time and should have the time for grieving," Smith said. "It's really going to be difficult."

Reporter Jessie Halladay can be reached at (502) 582-4081.

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