No wonder I'm an agnostic.
I usually don't talk about religion with people, it tends to offend
people, start wars, etc. I think religion is personal, between me and
whatever I believe in. I don't think you have to congregate in some
building to call yourself spiritual. But my beliefs are not my topic
here. Pastor Fred Phelps Sr. is.
This man who is pastor at Westboro Baptist Church is, I believe, the
He runs several websites, mainly http://www.godhatesfags.com
. Yeah, I pretty much couldn't believe it either. But then there's also
godhatesamerica.com, and godhatessweden.com. This man apparently
doesn't believe that god loves any of us, and that everyone is going
to burn in hell. Except him…of course.
He freely slings epithets around like confetti. He also passes
damnation around as if he were God himself. Which he very well may be.
He (and his church) pass out flyers to hold celebrations on the deaths
of such people as; Matthew Shepard, the young gay boy that was beaten
to death and tied to a fence. He also says "thank God for 9/11". What
This man's message of "hatefaith" turns my stomach. He does not preach
about any sort of love or compassion, only wrath, fear, anger,
hellfire and brimstone.
It amazes me that people actually buy into this sort of thing.
I am not a religious person, though I am quite spiritual. I'm human, I
believe that each person is more than the sum of his parts, and
someone spending a couple of hours once a week in a room with a bunch
of people who don't even practice what they call themselves. The very
definition of Christian is "to be Christ-like", and there is nothing
Christian about believing and practicing and supporting hate, in any
"Do unto others." Remember that one Mr. Phelps.
May 17th, 2005