Monday, April 23, 2007

Phelps & WBC Mob Backs Down from Picketing Virginia Tech Funerals

As sane people everywhere stand together in massive protest against the Westboro Baptist Church's threats to picket the tragic funerals of the victims of the Virginia Tech shootings, some hope arrives. The item was removed from the WBC website. Phelps decided to reverse plans in lieu of radio time on The Mike Gallagher Show.
The host goes on to say:
You may recall that when they were planning to protest outside the funerals of the slain Amish children in Pennsylvania, I offered an hour of airtime on my radio show to Westboro Baptist Church in exchange for their written promise to stay out of Pennsylvania and leave those grieving families alone. They accepted my offer and were guests on my show for an hour. When I found out that they were planning to hold protests outside the Virginia Tech victims funerals, I've made the decision to offer them more airtime. On Tuesday, April 24, Shirley Phelps-Roper and other members of Westboro Baptist Church will be my in-studio guests for the entire program. They have formally announced that they are cancelling all of their scheduled protests for the Virginia Tech shooting victims funerals as a result of receiving this invitation to be on my show.

Okay, so they booked time on the radio-- I suppose anything is better than allowing them to disrupt the funerals. Besides, no one is going to listen to them anyway. We've heard it all before.

More:
National Christian Leader Denounces Phelps' Appearance at Virginia Tech
WASHINGTON, April 20 /Christian Newswire/ -- The Reverend Rob Schenck (pronounced SHANK), an Evangelical minister and president of the interdenominational National Clergy Council in Washington, DC, released this statement today in response to the planned appearance of Pastor Fred Phelps of Topeka's Westboro Baptist Church at the campus of Virginia Tech University in Blacksburg, Virginia:
"Pastor Fred Phelps and his unbiblical, non-Christian venomous message are not only supremely offensive to the survivors and families of those lost in the Virginia Tech massacre, but to those of us who have prayed and wept with them.

"Mr. Phelps routinely violates the New Testament mandate of Christ in Matthew, Chapter 5, to love others, even those he perceives to be his enemies, and St. Paul's admonition that if we 'have not love,' we are as meaningless as 'a tinkling cymbal.'

"Mr. Phelps does not speak for or represent the sentiments of the majority of Bible-believing Christians or ministers in this country. He speaks only for himself and not for historic Christianity. His rants deserve to be utterly rejected and ignored by anyone of serious Christian faith."


You don't have to be a Christian to agree with those sentiments.

My heart goes out to all the victims and their families during this trying and heartwrending time.

11 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

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April 23, 2007 2:03 PM  
Blogger beakerkin said...

Thank goodness

April 23, 2007 2:20 PM  
Blogger Brooke said...

It'd be a shame if that radio transceiver "malfunctioned" for about an hour...

April 23, 2007 3:25 PM  
Blogger Freedomnow said...

If you read extremist blogs like Daily Kos and the Huffington Post you would get the impression that Christians were waging a crusade against Islam.

Instead the truth is that organizations like the Westboro Baptist Church, the Quakers and Christian Peacemaker Teams are waging war on America.

April 23, 2007 3:51 PM  
Blogger Jungle Mom said...

Thank goodness the mourners were spare at least that!

April 23, 2007 7:42 PM  
Blogger Urban Infidel said...

Mike Gallagher had better have a hazmat suit ready for the in-studio interview with the toxic Phelps crew tomorrow.

April 23, 2007 9:03 PM  
Blogger American Crusader said...

Phelps (I refuse to call him Reverend) does not represent Christian values. Just the fact that Phelps is willing to be bribed, helps prove my point. I feel sorry for the gullible parishioners who fell for this man's offensive and un-Christian viewpoint.

April 24, 2007 7:30 AM  
Blogger Always On Watch Two said...

Finally, some sanity--even if it was forced on Phelps.

April 24, 2007 9:45 PM  
Blogger Ralph said...

the Westboro Baptist Church, the Quakers and Christian Peacemaker Teams are waging war on America.

SO TRUE, FREEDOMNOW!!!!

IF WBC WERE HONEST, THEY'D LEAVE THE MOURNERS ALONE AND PICKET EVERY OFFICE OF PIAP'S CAMPAIGN!!!!!

THE DEMLIBS ARE PURVEYORS OF THE CULTURE OF DEATH THAT MAKES EVENTS LIKE 9/11 AND VT POSSIBLE!!!!!

PHELPS SHOULD JOIN THE DEFEATOCRAT PARTY SINCE HE LOVES DEATH AND HATES AMERICA SO MUCH!!!!!

April 25, 2007 2:35 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Personally I think Phelps is in it for the money... His goal is to provoke those he offends and then sue them for damages...

May 06, 2007 11:47 PM  
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