If you thought Pat Robertson brought the church to a new public relations low, you haven’t heard of Westboro Baptist Church in Topeka, Kans. Let’s just say if you haven’t been picketed by Fred Phelps and company yet, maybe you’re doing something wrong. The church is infamous for fighting the homosexual agenda (among other things) with supercharged hate speech (“God hates fags” is their typical rallying cry—and web site, though we won’t give them the link).
Now they’ve turned their sights to the funerals of soldiers killed in Iraq, picketing the funerals—see if you can follow this logic—because American supports homosexuality therefore God is rightfully killing our soldiers.
Though obviously off the deep end, this “church” is still giving Christians a bad name—and at this point it goes way beyond public relations. This is where churches need to step in and respond, and thankfully they have. One woman started calling churches in the area to organize a counter-protest, more like a wall of people, to block the Westboro group from the grieving family of the slain soldier.
Unless the church is visible and vocal, we’ll allow groups like the one from Westboro to speak for us. And that’s beyond sad.