August 28, 2005

Misguided Xians interupt GI memorial services

Anti-Gay Church Protests at GI Funerals:

Members of a church say God is punishing American soldiers for defending a country that harbors gays, and they brought their anti-gay message to the funerals Saturday of two Tennessee soldiers killed in Iraq.

The church members were met with scorn from local residents. They chased the church members cars' down a highway, waving flags and screaming "God bless America."

"My husband is over there, so I'm here to show my support," 41-year-old Connie Ditmore said as she waved and American flag and as tears came to her eyes. "To do this at a funeral is disrespectful of a family, no matter what your beliefs are."

The Rev. Fred Phelps, founder of Westboro Baptist in Kansas, contends that American soldiers are being killed in Iraq as vengeance from God for protecting a country that harbors gays. The church, which is not affiliated with a larger denomination, is made up mostly of Phelps' children, grandchildren and in-laws.

The church members carried signs and shouted things such as "God hates fags" and "God hates you."

Some of these independent Baptist congregations are off the wall. This is a disgusting manipulation of the Bible.

And the problem (well, one of the many) with stories like these, is that to the non-Christian, this often seems like "business as usual." --- they could not be more wrong.

God hates the SIN, not the SINNER.

I am going to throw these wackos in the same pot as those "Christians" who claim 9-11 was the work of God's vengence for being allied with the Jews/Israel, being an immoral nation, or anything other ridiculous reason as those.

Lord only knows what I would do if somebody tried to pull a stunt like that at a military funeral with me in attendance.

Posted by Kyer at August 28, 2005 01:40 PM | TrackBack