Video: Cult Loses Suit, Leader Goes Bonkers

31 10 2007

Filed under: Fred Phelps, Westboro Church, Cult, Politics, War on Terror, Homosexuality, Christianity

Let’s establish one thing at the beginning: Fred Phelps and his Westboro Baptist Church is no “Reverend.” Nor is his “church” a Christian church. Claiming to be a “church” does not qualify your throng as a Christian congregation. No, Fred Phelps and his radical gang of gay-bashers is an all-out cult. And one of the more imbecilic sects in recent years. Good news today, a father of a slain marine won a case today awarding him nearly $11 million in a ruling from a Baltimore federal jury.

It was the first-ever verdict against Westboro Baptist Church, a fundamentalist Christian group based in Topeka that has protested military funerals across the country with placards bearing shock-value messages such as “Thank God for dead soldiers.” They contend that the deaths are punishment for America’s tolerance of homosexuality and of gays in the military.

Fred W. Phelps Sr., Westboro’s founder, vowed to appeal to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit, in Richmond, Va. “It’s going to be reversed in five minutes,” he said. This case, he added, “will elevate me to something important,” as it draws more publicity to his cause.

The jury found the defendants liable for violating the Snyder family’s expectation of privacy at the funeral and for intentionally inflicting emotional distress. Snyder’s lawsuit spurred a constitutional debate over how far the First Amendment should extend to protect the most extreme forms of expression.

After the verdict, Phelps and his two daughters named in Snyder’s lawsuit said they believed that it was really their religious beliefs that were on trial.

If Phelps were a Christian, he would know it’s not really about him. Christians are called by God to do things, but God never calls someone to grow their personal importance.

This is a perfect example of the type of religion the Founders intended for this country: Christianity, just not declaring a national denomination. Otherwise anyone could abuse the First Amendment under the guise of “religion.” Religion, the Founders knew, had to be within the spectrum of Christianity.

After the ruling, Phelps shows off just how little common sense he has left:

The blogosphere is all over it: Stop The ACLU, Stop The ACLU again, Hot Air, Captain Ed, Michelle Malkin. Even Kos knows this is no church.




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