Liberal, Secular Humanist and Pro-homosexual union commenters use a blatant and well-known lie to shore-up their complaints about Christianity. For this lie, they deserve to be dismissed out-of-hand. If you know you are repeating a lie, over and over, and keep doing it, you destroy your credibility. The lie they regularly use is to equate Westboro Baptist Church with Christianity. The truth is, Westboro Baptist is so antithetical to Christianity, so minuscule and so extreme, they are neither a church nor are they statistically representative of Christianity in any way. They may have a 501C3, but they are no more of a church than comedian John Oliver’s
Let’s take a simple look at Westboro Baptist Church, and get some facts into evidence. Though it’s not an academic source, a simple look at Wikipedia’s Westboro article gives us all the statistics we need.
1. Formed by Fred Phelps in Topeka KS in 1955, they began protesting homosexuality and everything else they didn’t like in 1991. They even hate almost all Christians:
a. “”Priests rape boys” is indeed an air-tight, three word case against all of the mainline “christian” churches – their preachers and members, without exception. They are all going to Hell!”
2. Nathan Phelps, estranged son of Fred Phelps, claims he never had a relationship with his abusive father when he was growing up and that the Westboro Baptist Church is an organization for his father to “vent his rage and anger”.
3. There are approximately 40-members, many of whom are relatives of Phelps, traveling throughout the nation, picketing about 5-times per day.
4. Westboro is affiliated with no Christian denomination.
In perspective, 70% of the U.S. identifies as Christian. That is 224,000,000 people, who are explicitly hated by the 40-members of Westboro Baptist. Their pastor’s own son says the group was founded by domestic abuser to vent his rage and anger. A quick look at http://www.godhatesfags.com, Westboro’s website advertises what they are all about – Hate. Compare their website with any legitimate church, and you will find their ideology is expressly opposed to Christianity.
No one who appreciates the truth could make a comparison of Westboro to Christianity. Just because they cite the Bible, does not make them Christian. Just because someone cites the Physician’s Desk Reference, does it make them a doctor? Of course not and only a fool would attempt to make the connection.
Anyone who cites Westboro as representative of Christianity does so at the peril of their credibility.