Many readers of this esteemed page are familiar with Westboro Baptist Church, whiich is infamous for picketing the funerals of soldiers killed in Afghanistan and Iraq. Showtime’s airing a film on the church Dec. 4 which will likely get your blood boiling. I’ve got a review today on Bloomberg that starts this way:
Dec. 3 (Bloomberg) — It takes a deeply vile person to picket military funerals, especially with signs proclaiming “Thank God for Dead Soldiers'’ and “God Is Your Enemy.'’
Meet the Reverend Fred Phelps, whose Westboro Baptist Church congregation takes to the streets and cemeteries to celebrate American combat deaths. Phelps and his twisted flock are the subjects of “Fall From Grace,'’ which airs tomorrow on Showtime at 10 p.m. New York time.
Why does the reverend rage?
Phelps and his followers, mostly members of his family, believe military deaths are divine payback for tolerating homosexuality. Indeed, any calamity that befalls America, including Hurricane Katrina, is seen as a sign of the Almighty’s anti-gay wrath. Their creed is summed up pretty well in the names of two of the church’s Web sites: http://www.godhatesamerica.com and http://www.godhatesfags.com .