I’m always disgusted when people use God’s name or Jesus Christ’s name in order to perpetuate their message of hate. Westboro Baptist Church, headed by “Reverend” Fred Phelps, has perfected hate to a new art form. I heard about them about 8 years ago when I was watching a documentary about how this group likes to protest at funerals of homosexuals or those who have died of AIDS. As someone who has recently lost their mother, I am particularly disgusted at the thought of taunting someone in mourning with a hate spewed message.
This group has been in the news for the past couple of years because of their protesting at the funerals of soldiers who have been killed in Iraq and Afghanistan. Apparently 9/11 was a punishment from God on the United States for our acceptance of homosexuality. Again I found their behavior disgusting. Having read the New Testament I don’t remember Jesus ever protesting at someone’s funeral or mocking the parents, spouses, or children of the person lying in the casket on the worst day of their lives. After disagreeing with his politics, Phelps and his group protested at Al Gore’s father’s funeral in 1998 by shouting obscenities and yelling “your father’s in hell” at Gore and his family.
Usually I ignore Phelps and his brain-washed followers because I find their behavior dispicable, laughable, and inconsequential. If they want to be hate mongers, let them. Because really, hate is like a cancer and they’re only really killing themselves with the cancer they promote. In fact I rarely think of these people until this week when I found out that this “church” is planning on flying to Australia to protest at Heath Ledger’s funeral. Why? Because he played a homosexual in one of the best acted movies I’ve ever seen, “Brokeback Mountain.” According to them, you don’t have to be a homosexual, you just have to play one in order for them to come to your funeral in the midst of your parent’s, sister’s, brother’s, friend’s, and baby daughter’s grief so they can warn you of God’s wrath. It seems to me that after this life the only ones who will be burning in hell are members of the Westboro Baptist Church. You can check them out at http://www.godhatesfags.com/. You can also check them out at god hates (fill in the bank) dot com, because they hate everything and everybody.
My hope is that this group doesn’t go down to Australia to protest, but if they do I hope that his family is shielded from them. His 2 year old daughter is too young to understand why photographers have basically been stalking her and her mother and the last thing this poor innocent little girl needs is hateful, misguided, lunatics shouting obscenities at her and telling her that her father is in hell. God Bless Heath Ledger’s family and anyone whoever was touched by one of his performances, like I was by “Brokeback Mountain.”