I adore Fred “God Hates F*gs” Phelps
Following is a video taken at ComicCon 2010 at which folks from the Westboro Baptist Church were protesting the notion of the ComicCon folks worshiping false idols, and then a huge group of geeks protesting the protest.
Other than the liberal, oft ironic use of “f*g” by the geeks, I think it’s an awesome video. I felt a jolt of glee as the WBC folks threw in the towel and took off. But, in all honesty, I completely support both the geeks and the WBC. Sure, I don’t like what the WBC has to say, but I absolutely support their right to say it. And yes, even if that means picketing soldiers’ funerals. Would I want a loved one’s funeral picketed? Absolutely not. But, if the hypothetical picket is happening on public land and not in my personal space, I ethically have no issue with it.
Now to the title. I know everyone hates Fred Phelps and his cult family/church. I understand why. And I both agree and am glad for the WBC. For, as Brian Fleming pointed out in his film The God Who Wasn’t There, Phelps, and everyone like him, is right.
God DOES fucking hate f*gs!!
“Leviticus 18:22 Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is abomination.”
Sure, the modern, so-called left-leaning Christian argues that it’s not the homosexual, but rather the behavior that god hates; however, if we’re to be intellectually honest, we’ll admit that given the fact that homosexuality is genetic and therefore not a choice, it is in fact not the behavior, but rather the person whom god hates. Why a god would hate people based on the petty notion of where they choose to put their genitalia, I have no idea, but that’s just 1 of many reasons why I don’t believe any of this BULLSHIT.
Other arguments against 18:22 have been that it’s not meant to be taken literally, it’s taken out of context, that’s not what it really means, and it no longer applies since Jesus sacrificed himself. My big question to all that is, how the fuck do you know? The answer is people deal with the passage in any way they can to justify not only the passage (because it can’t, you know, be WRONG), but also their own personal beliefs.
Lemme give you an example. I met a gay Christian a few months ago who was all about uniting gay Christians against those pesky, conservative assholes or some shit.
Exactly. I know that being gay and Christian is no anomaly. But it still fucks with my head. I wanted to ask him, “Um, have you read Leviticus? Do you understand what it means? Because it seems pretty clear to me.” Of course I said nothing as to bring up the obvious would’ve been considered impolite, but I really wanted to know. How the fuck does he rationalize this? The book and faith he worships directly tell him that god hates him. And yet he actively promotes them anyway.
The biggest reason I adore Freddy is that he’s honest. He walks his talk. The Bible is not pleasant and he shows it. It says some nasty, horrible things, and rather than shy away from that, he shoves it in our faces and tells us that yes, according to the Bible, we’re either f*gs or f*g-enablers and for that, we’re going to Hell. He doesn’t do any post-modern, liberal pussy-footing and cherry-picking. He doesn’t make any excuses. He says, “This is what the book says. If you don’t like it, too bad.”
And I love that he pickets funerals, abortion clinics, ComicCons, etc. He sincerely believes that the world is going to burn and he has a solution. I mean, honestly, if you had similar information, wouldn’t you want to share it with everyone? Let’s pretend it’s information on AIDS before AIDS was a recognized epidemic. If, in the mid-70s, I’d found a book (and for the sake of argument, a fact-based book) that told me of a sexually transmitted disease that would eventually kill millions upon millions of people, especially in developing nations and all people really had to do to protect themselves was use condoms, I’d be in the streets too. Of course, no one would believe me, but I’d still have a sense of obligation to warn everybody.
Know what else is awesome? Phelps was a fucking civil rights attorney!
He fought for blacks way before it was cool. He fought Jim Crow! In fact, he’s won some awards for it. From the NAACP! I know! Doesn’t that suck?! You want to hate the guy for telling the truth about what the Bible says, and yet he’s actually done some quantifiable, recognizable good! In fact, he was doing that good when current establishment, like, oh, I dunno, the fucking DEMOCRATIC PARTY, was ignoring and pissing on blacks!
Let’s be honest for a sec. Phelps doesn’t “warn” people because he cares. If that were the case, he could be a lot less abrasive and invasive about it. He wants/likes attention. He wants/likes to rub people the wrong way. But then, how would we have him do it? Go door to door, knock politely, and ask even more politely if we’ve received Jesus? Hell of a lot of good that does. We all ignore those people. But picketing soldiers’ funerals. That gets him on the news and talked about. Shit, he pulled the Matthew Shepard stuff ten years ago and I’m still writing about him now.
As despicable as we find him, so, too, should we find the book and the faiths built around it. For it is not Fred who’s despicable. It is the word he preaches. Think about that the next time you, the believer, or your friend, the believer, shrugs off Leviticus or any other verse as “figurative” or “not applicable” or “not meant to be taken literally.”
As long as god hates f*gs and as long as you follow god, you hate f*gs too. Or in the very least, you don’t stand in the way.