February 21, 2006
Rabid anti-gay crusader Rev. Fred Phelps and his followers have switched from picketing funerals of AIDS victims to staging protests at military funerals. AP:
Phelps believes American deaths in Iraq are divine punishment for a country that he says harbors homosexuals. His protesters carry signs thanking God for so-called IEDs — explosives that are a major killer of soldiers in Iraq. [...]
Shirley Phelps-Roper, a daughter of Fred Phelps and an attorney for the Topeka, Kansas-based church, said [nothing] can silence their message that God killed the soldiers because they fought for a country that embraces homosexuals.
"The scriptures are crystal clear that when God sets out to punish a nation, it is with the sword. An IED is just a broken-up sword," Phelps-Roper said. "Since that is his weapon of choice, our forum of choice has got to be a dead soldier's funeral." [...]
During the 1990s, church members were known mostly for picketing the funerals of AIDS victims... [Emphasis added]
Just heard about this mob on the BBC and came across your blog while trying to check if my ears had deceived me.
I'm anti the war but when any of these soldiers die their families deserve a private and dignified funeral.
We should all weep.
Posted by: Sylvia at March 10, 2006 03:54 AM