Thursday, March 3, 2011

Who's Crazier the Westboro Baptist Church or Charlie Sheen ?


The Westboro Baptist Church is a church that is gaining popularity in the news and not for good reasons.  The church is known for being against people that are Gay or Lesbian.  The church is located in Topeka, Kansas.  The church was started on November 27, 1955 with the first sermon held in front of the congregation.  In 1991 the church started making its opinion heard about being against homosexual people as they went to funerals and other public areas to picket or protest against this lifestyle.  Recently the church was in the news for their protests against gay military members funerlas. They also won a big  victory in the Supreme Court which ruled that it was acceptable for the church to protest out at these funerals.
The Westboro Baptist Church is currently headed by Fred Phelps.  He is considered a controversial person due to his strong views against minority groups, religions, and homosexuals.  Fred Phelps has been the leader of the church since it was founded in 1955 and used to be a lawyer in the past.
The Westboro Baptist Church has been involved in numerous protests and pickets at funerals and in other public arenas.  Some of the notable ones include protesting plays, they protested The Laramie Project, because it is a play that talks about a homosexual, Matthew Shepard that was killed for being gay.  The church has picketed funerals for people that served in the military.  A notable picketing was for Carrie French who had fought in Iraq.  Another picket was of a funeral for Matthew Snyder who was serving in Iraq and had died there.  The church protested at Michael Jackson’s funeral.  The church also was going to protest at the funeral of the young girl who was shot in Tucson, fortunately they were not allowed to protest at this function.      
The Westboro Baptist Church has strong opinions on various topics.  The church believes that if you are of a different Christian sect or of another faith you are practicing your way to an eternity of fire and brimstone.  The church also believes that homosexuality is not to be tolerated and is  the cause of all problems in the world.  The church is also against the President of the United States of America stating he is a character of evil.
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4 comments:

  1. How dare those legal and social commentators, who never miss an opportunity to praise the Jehovah's Witnesses for stretching the boundaries of the First Amendment, now condemn the Westboro Baptists, whose actions in our time are no more outrageous than were the actions of the Jehovah's Witnesses during World War 2.

    During WW2, Jehovah's Witnesses specifically targeted the homes of parents and spouses of wounded and killed soldiers -- knocked on those doors -- and told wives, mothers, and fathers that their husbands and sons had died not only needlessly and pointlessly, but in support of a government which GOD considered His enemy and would soon destroy.

    During WW2, Jehovah's Witnesses would show up at War Bond Rallies and spew the same garbage.

    1940s Jehovah's Witnesses would park sound trucks across the street from public schools and during recess and blast the school campus with pre-recorded sermons decrying the Pledge of Allegiance. There were also instances of JWs going inside school buildings and passing out anti-Pledge literature to children in the hallways.

    JWs also parked sound trucks outside of churches during ongoing services and blasted churches with pre-recorded sermons decrying church teachings.

    JWs carried phonographs with pre-recorded sermons door-to-door decrying patriotism, Christianity, etc. During WW2, a WW1 veteran and then Deputy Sheriff ran two JWs out of his gasoline station after they started playing such a recording. One of the JW "pioneers" pulled a pistol and murdered the Deputy.

    Post WW2, the WatchTower Society made a point of renting for conventions those facilities which had been named or renamed in honor of the WW2 veterans (Memorial Coliseum, Veterans Stadium, etc. etc.) so as to poke their fingers in the eyes of returning veterans and the cause for which they had fought, been wounded, or died.

    1940s Jehovah's Witnesses would specifically target urban Catholic neighborhoods with door-to-door sermons and literature which defamed the Pope and other Catholic hierarchy, Catholic theology, etc.

    The JWs of WW2 were the Westboro Baptists of today.

    Make up your minds, commentators.

    FACT SOUCE:

    http://jwemployees.bravehost.com/NewsReports/2031.html

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  2. Maybe Charlie Sheen should be their pastor. They would deserve each other and maybe drive each other so insane that they all just go away.

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  3. Now that would be the highest rated tv show ever. Charlie Sheen and Westboro Baptist Church in a room together. Great idea !

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