May 26, 2011
Hate and the Westboro Baptists
They have deservedly become the most despised people in America, but this is what confounds me: Their doctrine isn't so different than that of mainstream fundamentalists. The Westboro fringe only go to greater lengths to promote their ideas. Their leader, Fred Phelps, isn't alone in believing that God causes natural calamities wherever homosexuals are made welcome. Pat Robertson has said the same thing. In fact, a listing of Christian leaders who've made similar statements could fill pages.
But is that really who God is? If so, I would rather not return to a Creator who kills innocent people for acting out on the instincts He imbues into them, but that's NOT who He is. Summarizing His infinite patience and forbearance, Christ once said: "How often would I have gathered thy children together, even as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings."
That's my image of God. As for Phelps and the other Westboro Baptists, their hate speaks only of the ugliness they've allowed to fester inside them and not of their Creator.
Posted by Alan Bahr