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Fundamentalism’s Lunatic Fringe
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Dr. Alan Cairns

Yesterday I reported a story from England that highlighted the lunatic activities of the pro-Sodomite lobby. Today I want to take a look at the opposite end of the spectrum and talk about the lunatics who masquerade as Bible believing Fundamentalists.

The self-styled Westboro Baptist Church and its minister, Rev. Fred Phelps, with the help of his two daughters, Shirley Phelps Roper and Rebekah Phelps Davis, believe that the Bible condemns homosexuality and so they condemn it too. So far so good. The Bible does condemn homosexuality and no Christian can fail to condemn it too. But the Phelps brigade goes much further. It has launched a campaign of pure (rather impure) hate, with such slogans as "God hates fags," ignoring the fact that Paul tells us that in the Church in Corinth there were some who had once been sexual perverts and were now "washed, justified and sanctified"-all evidences of the unspeakable love of God. Phelps conveys the impression that it is impossible for God to love homosexuals and to save them from their sin, or at least that it must be harder for Him to love them than to love the rest of us. Of course, this is utter rubbish. For God to love any sinner is amazing grace.

Phelps goes beyond saying, "God hates fags." He also insists, "God hates America" because, in his view America enables homosexuals. It is true that America along with every other country in the Western word has perverted the course of justice and has swung around to support the homosexual agenda. That is something every Christian must lament and must seek to change by legitimate means. But Phelps is not interested in changing America. He has carried his message of hate to the funerals of U.S. soldiers killed in action in Iraq. He and his cohorts have arrived at military funerals with banners reading, "Thank God for dead soldiers."

Phelps poses as a Christian Fundamentalist. I am not the judge of his soul but since Jesus said that by a man's words he will be justified or condemned, I will certainly pass judgment on what this man and his daughters have said. Their words exhibit nothing of the grace of God or of the truth of the gospel. They have rather stooped to using the Bible not to promote the gospel but to push their own peculiar social and political campaign. They do not represent with any degree of accuracy or completeness the message of Scripture. They do not speak for God and they do not speak for Bible believing Fundamentalists. A famous Methodist controversialist from England once branded all Fundamentalists as "Funny-mentalists." That was a slander but I think it is an apt description of the lunatic fringe that operates under the name of Westboro Baptist Church.

Justice seems at last to have caught up with the Phelps. In a civil suit, Fred Phelps and his two daughters have been found guilty of invasion of privacy and intent to inflict emotional distress. The case was brought by the grieving father of Lance Cpl. Matthew Snyder whose funeral the Phelps picketed with their vile message of hate. A jury awarded Mr. Snyder $2.9 million compensation and decided to deliberate some more on the question of punitive damages. Whether the conviction and award will stand on appeal is open to question. What is not open to question is that the Phelps will soon stand at a higher bar and answer to God for their vicious misrepresentation of Him and His Son. The verdict of that court will never be overturned. I would not like to stand in their shoes on that day.

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