Tuesday, September 13, 2005

Anti-Gay Preacher Pickets Soldiers’ Funerals

The Rev. Fred Phelps displaying signs at a funeral protest.

By Lisa Haddock
NJ Faith Forum Editor

The Rev. Fred Phelps, head of Westboro Baptist Church in Topeka, Kan., is known for in-your-face, no-holds-barred protests against homosexuality. His latest tactic is to protest at the funerals of soldiers killed in Iraq.

On a flyer distributed at an Army sergeant’s funeral, Phelps states: “Thank God for IEDs (Improvised Explosive Devices).” These weapons are used to attack coalition forces in Iraq.

Phelps’ flyer states that because a bomber attacked his church, God is now punishing American soldiers in the field. “God Himself has become America’s terrorist, killing Americans in strange lands.”

Ultimately, God is targeting the U.S. because of its tolerance of homosexuality, Phelps states.

To learn more about Phelps and his church, click below. (Warning: This site contains language and images that might be considered crude and offensive.)
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    Note: Phelps' church is not affiliated with the Southern Baptist denomination.

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