The Westboro Baptist Church has "graced" the pages of Think Xian before. But I was sent the following and wanted to pass it on...not that I think there are any sympathizers here. (Although some may agree with their beliefs but not their methods.)
A friend sent me the insider invitation sent by the WBC to their people and I wanted you to see it for yourself:
Westboro Baptist Church (WBC Chronicles - Since 1955) 3701 SW 12th St. Topeka, Kansas 66604 785-273-0325 www.godhatesfags.com Religious Opinion and Bible Commentary on Current Events
Saturday, January 12, 2008 NEWS RELEASE
WBC to picket Camp Lejeune. God Hates the U.S. Marines.
The wonderful, spit-and-polish Marine is over eight months pregnant and she says another wonderful Marine raped her, and now on the eve of his court martial where she is the star witness against him, she turns up dead, and he is a fugitive from justice. Wonderful. The few. The proud. Based on our extensive experience with Marines for over a decade, we can testify that these are typical Marines.
WBC will picket the filthy, lawless Marine Corps - at noon next Sat., Jan. 19 - at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina; in religious protest and warning: "Be not "'deceived; God is not mocked." Gal. 6:7. God Hates Fags! & Fag Enablers. Ergo, God hates the Marines. The Marine Corps is saturated with vile fags and dykes. It matters not to them that they are violating the laws of God and man. Our leaders know of the problem, but they refuse to fix it, due to pressure from political leaders, because fags have enormous political influence - called in Scripture "The power of the dog." Psa. 22:20. And the phenomenon is called by Tocqueville, "The worm in the American apple."
"Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind; it is abomination. " Lev. 18:22.
"Let no man deceive you with vain words; for because of these things cometh the wrath of God upon the children of disobedience. " Eph.5:6.
Now, I take particular issue with this, as one of my sons has been a U.S. Marine for over five years. He just went to Iraq for the fourth time. So, to paint all Marines this way is especially sickening.
And to speak so strongly for God is so scary. Obviously they have the triune, sovereign God of the Universe pegged. And I'm sure He appreciates their help. (Now taking tongue firmly out of cheek.)
BUT...I have to return to my previous TC post of just a week ago...I admitted that one of the points Yancey made was particularly hard for me:
Remember, those Christians who peeve you so much—God chose them too. For some reason, I find it much easier to show grace and acceptance toward immoral unbelievers than toward uptight, judgmental Christians. Which, of course, turns me into a different kind of uptight, judgmental Christian.
And, of course, "love your enemies."
Can I just pull out that inimitable response, "Okay, I'll love them, but I don't have to like them!" (accompanied by a high-pitched whine and the stamping of feet)?