While most of the nation is mourning the loss of Glee star, Cory Monteith, offering love, prayers and support for his friends and family; there is one group is who is standing firm in their excitement and praising God for the 31 year old actor’s death.
Westboro Baptist Church (WBC), which is often been referred to as a hate group rather than a church, is based out of Kansas and is a small, yet extremely controversial group of “believers” who are consistently making headlines by picketing celebrity funerals, LGBTQ organizations, other religious groups and even the military. The group, which is mainly made up of the large family of founder Fred Phelps, has been denounced by both major Baptist denominations and is monitored closely by the Anti-Defamation League. The group not only pickets events and funerals, but have also staged protests against Jews and have even stomped on the American flag.
Cyberbullying is another favorite method of spreading hate for the group; utilizing social media to attack others who aren’t lining up with their specific beliefs. While most of the world tweeted thoughts, prayers and love to family and friends of Monteith, Westboro (@WBCsays) posted this, “@HuffPostQuebec PRAISE GOD ALMIGHTY for killing wicked fag-enabling sinner #CoryMonteith! Westboro Baptist Church to picket funeral.” Extremely harsh words from a group proclaiming to be Christ-followers. However, it didn’t stop there. The group went on to tweet every single one of the Glee stars directly with the same hateful message.
In a recent interview with ABC news, a reporter confronted the group on their crusade against homosexuals and “fag enablers” as the group calls those who embrace the message of equality. Members of the church say they aren’t spreading their personal judgments but rather God’s judgment. If in fact the WBC is claiming to do God’s work and spread his Word, they must have skipped over the more than 500 mentions of the word love in the Bible; six of those mentions which appear in 1 Corinthians 13, a verse the group would do well to refresh themselves on.
If the Phelps family and members of WBC truly believe in the Bible and believe that God sent his son to earth to die for all
allmankind, why do they insist on spreading their message of hate? If doing God’s will was their true goal wouldn’t they be embracing his message of love and forgiveness?
Nobody has the right to judge or persecute you for who you love. And if this group is going to use the Bible as the backbone for the cyber-attacks and hateful crusades, I will finish with a message from that very book, “Brothers and sisters, do not slander one another. Anyone who speaks against a brother or sister or judges them speaks against the law and judges it. When you judge the law, you are not keeping it, but sitting in judgment on it,” Matthew 7:1.
One must wonder if WBC really knows what they’ve gotten themselves into. While these “Christians” continue to ride upon their high and righteous horse, a mighty band of silent warriors are likely conspiring and joining together. If there’s one thing you don’t want to face, it’s a furious and indignant mob of Gleeks.
If your blood isn’t already boiling, take a look at the complete report by ABC as they confront the group on some of these questions and more.