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.
?God hates you,? signs read
The church members carried signs and shouted things such as ?God hates fags? and ?God hates you.?
About 10 church members protested near Smyrna United Methodist Church and nearly 20 stood outside the National Guard Armory in Ashland City. Members have demonstrated at other soldier funerals across the nation.
The funerals were for Staff Sgt. Asbury Fred Hawn II, 35, in Smyrna and Spc. Gary Reese Jr., 22, in Ashland City. Both were members of the Tennessee National Guard.
“Reverend Phelps” is not a representative of the Church. However the enemies of Christ will use people like this who are wolves trying to cloak themselves with Christ’s name. More folks get exposed to the lie that this is how Christianity works when that is so far from the truth. Unfortunatly for many it is easier to believe a lie than do a little work to find out the truth.