Friday, February 10, 2006
Westboro Baptist Church's message of hate
Many thanks to the folks at about.com. On their AltReligion page they recently linked to the Burning Taper with one very nice word: "Fantastic!"
They were pointing to the article we posted the other day called A Tour of the Masonic Lodge. Thanks for the link, guys, and the kind word!
Today altreligion.about.com linked to a news article from the Charlotte Daily Mail about what even the Southern Baptist Convention is calling a cult — a Baptist church in West Virginia. "It's Baptist in name only," an SBC spokesman said, trying to distance the Convention from this rather bizarre church.
Westboro Baptist Church was founded in the 1960s by disbarred attorney Fred Phelps in Topeka, Kansas.
The church came to the public's attention in the past year by traveling the country, protesting at the funerals of gay people, gay pride events and other churches. They carry signs with phrases like, "God hates America."
Recently they went to West Virginia to protest a memorial service for miners who died in the Sago Mine disaster. They claimed the miners died because of America's acceptance of homosexuality.
The Westboro Baptist Church group has gained such notoriety that Citywide Baptist Church of Ottawa, Canada, which was called Westboro Baptist Church for the last 75 years, recently changed its name to Citywide to avoid being associated with the protest group.
Read more about this group's twisted and disturbing antics in the newspaper article.
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