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Why I Love the Awful Westboro Baptist Church

January 30, 2015

A few week ago, the local news ran a story how that the Westboro Baptist Church was coming to protest here in Portland, Oregon.  Yes, those Bible-toting, funeral protesting, gay hating, God-awful sign-carrying so-called Christian thugs were coming to Portlandia.  What a shock.

It seems that they were going to protest the Gay Christian Convention at Portland’s Convention Center.  I could understand that.  While I am repulsed by the mere mention of them, I certainly have served my country long enough so that they had the right to disagree, publically, and peacefully.  Then, the NBA’s Portland Trailblazer basketball organization, down the street at their arena, came out in support of same-sex marriage, and rights for LGBTQ individuals – the first professional sports team to have made that declaration.  So Westboro announced that they were going to cropdust the Trailblazer game, also, with their brand of ‘evangelizing’.  Again, while I have theological differences with same-sex marriages, I only have loving support for that community’s search for happiness and acceptance, as I believe Jesus would.

Then I was thunderstruck.  A friend told me to check out their website.  I despise it’s title absolutely without reservation, and while I don’t want to support this horrid group, you can find them at godhatesfags.com and look up their picket schedule.  Low, and behold, tucked in between the 8:30 am Mass and the 11:00 am Mass, they would be coming to visit little, old St. Henry Catholic Church in Gresham, OR.  While I new that this overall collection of mouth-breathing inbred generally disliked everyone, and specifically hated homosexuals, divorcees, the Catholic Church, and now the Portland Trailblazers – why in the blue blazes would they be coming to St Henry?  It’s a pretty anonymous parish, tucked out of the way, not on a main thoroughfare, doing good works.

Well!  I will tell you, color me shocked.  I have never shook my head so much in all my life.  Here was what the WBC posted for their picket schedule (the bits of commentary in {  } are mine.  They state:

St. Henry Catholic Church in Gresham, OR January 11, 2015 10:30 AM – 11:00 AM

So, Priests Rape boys, and children and moms … how sad that the discussion must begin and end there!

{seriously, asshat?}

Titus 1:16 They profess that they know God; but in works they deny him, being abominable, and disobedient, and unto every good work reprobate.

You say WHAT WORKS?!

1. You worship Mary! You pray to Mary! You hail Mary! MARY is a creature! She was appointed to wonderful things, just as all of God’s elect are appointed to wonderful things! But all creatures must stand aside and bow before God and walk humbly before our Lord and this world. Mary would be horrified if she walked in this earth to behold this perversion.

John the beloved reports this matter, settling it for eternity: Revelation 19:10 And I fell at his feet to worship him. And he said unto me, See thou do it not: I am thy fellowservant, and of thy brethren that have the testimony of Jesus: worship God: for the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.
Revelation 22:9 Then saith he unto me, See thou do it not: for I am thy fellowservant, and of thy brethren the prophets, and of them which keep the sayings of this book: worship God.

{talking smack on the Blessed Mother. You’ll have to do better than that. If she is good enough for Jesus, she’s good enough for me!}

2. You bow down and kiss rings and worse of the bishops and popes.

Peter put the perspective before us on this matter:

1 Peter 5:1  The elders which are among you I exhort, who am also an elder, and a witness of the sufferings of Christ, and also a partaker of the glory that shall be revealed:
2 Feed the flock of God which is among you, taking the oversight thereof, not by constraint, but willingly; not for filthy lucre, but of a ready mind;
3 Neither as being lords over God?s heritage, but being ensamples to the flock.
4 And when the chief Shepherd shall appear, ye shall receive a crown of glory that fadeth not away.

WHAT is up with confessing to MEN?! There is ONE intercessor between God and man, and that is our Lord Jesus Christ. STOP usurping HIS office!! See the words on GOD’s intercessor goodness, which is ALL we need. SHUT IT SATAN!

Romans 8:26 Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.
Romans 8:27 And he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit, because he maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God.
Romans 8:34 Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us.
Romans 11:2 God hath not cast away his people which he foreknew. Wot ye not what the scripture saith of Elias? how he maketh intercession to God against Israel, saying,
Hebrews 7:25 Wherefore he is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them.

Instead of going on here, with the crimes of the catholic monster against God, and the lying doctrines that you espouse, let us cut directly to the touch stone of this generation.

God said – NO FAG MARRIAGE, NO FAGS RUNNING THE GOVERNMENT, NO FAGS RUNNING THE CHURCHES, etc.

That beast Francis says – WHO AM I TO JUDGE?!

{so much methane…}

WHAT! The Lord is coming. The Catholic whore is going down, and every soul that is attached to it, will go down to the pit of hell, and there will be tormented for eternity.

Your only hope is to RUN from that monster, and REPENT!

You DO notice, that, of course, not once does the Westboro Baptist Church repent.  Ever.  In fact on their statistics sheet they state this little gem:

0 – nanoseconds of sleep that WBC members lose over your opinions and feeeeellllliiiiiings.

WELL!  Wasn’t that a breath of fresh air?  Now they also targeted East Hill (because of their preoccupation with music ministries), Mountain View (because they raised a lot of money to feed poor, and disadvantaged people), Calvary Chapel, some other are churches including two more Catholic churches.  And so on, and so on… ::smh!::

But none of the accusations as hideous as accusing Father Z of, raping boys, and children and moms.  Frankly, I do not know how this falls into the realm of constitutionally-protected free speech.  So I talked to Father Z and chuckled with him and wanted to get our gameplan.  He looked a little like I asked him the unanswerable question, but he simply, and peaceably wanted to offer them some coffee and doughnuts – after all, all are welcome, right?  And he was going to invite them to his Pastor’s chat, and finally to come into the sanctuary to hear the Word of God.  You are hearing crickets, right?  That’s right, the man accused of the heinous actions of raping boys, and children and moms, wanted to know if they wanted some doughnuts.  We will circle back…

So after the early Mass, after getting some coffee, doughnuts, and fellowship, some of us girded up and went outside.  Not much going on, oh, wait, there’s a couple of vans.  Then they got out and started unloading signs.  Someone walked up on the church-side of the street and struck up a conversation.  He stated he kind of follows them around Oregon whenever they come to offend us.  He explained he talked to one of the members, and that he was a lawyer.  A lawyer who had successfully won fifty court cases, with awards of over $100,000 each case.  And they probably have twenty or thirty lawyers retained.  I was stunned.  That is how they make their living.  With hate.  I then was told that they even bring their own counter protesters, who get in their groups face and try to provoke the WBC side of the street – all the while really just trying to provoke our side of the street in to losing their cool.  So they can sue.

That loud sucking sound you hear, ladies and gentlemen, is the lifeblood of the Nation being sucked down into the vacuum being created in the earth by the Founding Fathers spinning in their graves.

I was astounded!  It was a cross between good old fashion extortion – worship this way, or we’ll harass and sue you – and quite frankly plain and simple juvenile bullying.  These people do not care about your salvation.  They do not care about your denomination or you having a Constitutionally protected choice to worship – or not worship – freely.  They do not care about accurately applying Scripture.  They do not care about God and his mysteries.  And they do not love.  They are just… scuzzy.

I could spend time rebutting their “talking points.”  Their use of Scripture is totally off the reservation.  And coincidentally, an acquaintance from grade school recently jumped up one side of me and down the other that, ‘you Catholics worship Mary, and idols, and stuff.’ This would be a good time to go over that.  There is just so much material to provide in rebuttal.  Sigh!  Another time then!

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Right?  I will wait here as you go get an antacid.

I am here to tell you that the children looked pretty uncomfortable – especially the one holding the instructional diagram!  And the women – mostly – looked just plain sad.  Except one.  She looked mean as a snake.  She made Elmira Gulch look like a Good Witch.  But how sad are those signs?  We did have a nice couple of signs show up on our side:

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And this is why I have to love the Westboro Baptist Church.  They actually state on their foul page, that God hates all men; that is why he created Hell, so there was somewhere for everyone to go – except a select few, of course.  But I have to love them.

Near the end of his life, St. Thomas Aquinas  was witnessed in prayer and ecstasy, and asked by Christ, “You have written well of me, Thomas. What reward would you have for your labor?”  Aquinas replied, “Domine, non nisi te” – Lord, nothing but you. It must have been true for him, for he wrote no more after that ‘because all that I have written seems like straw to me’.  The only reward, indeed the only answer, is Christ the Lord.

Personally, I am a devotee of St. Thomas, his abundance of writings, and his Thomistic philosophy.  There is not enough time allotted here, nor the whole long day to discuss all of his works; his Five Ways, arguing the Existence of God. Or – how in negative theology – describing what God is not, he proofs God not as any being, nor as ens summa – the ‘Supreme Being’; but as ipsum subsistens est – the very ‘subsisting act of to be, itself.’  God IS.

And for me it is all about love.  In his Summa, Aquinas describes love – as I have mentioned before – is willing the good of the other, as other.  Willing the good of the other as other, and then doing something about it!  With no personal gain.  That’s Thomas’ view of love.  It is Kantian Philosophy – I shall not view you merely as a means, but only as an end.  By willing and praying for good for my enemy, when it happens, well the world is just a little less evil.  And so the opposite of love is not hate as one would think – as Westboro Baptist Church would have you think, but fear; fear of the truth, fear of the light, fear of others.  They are just afraid.  Afraid to love.

One of our members, who took and offered them some doughnuts, understood that very well.  He said if you engage in a no win argument, then all sides lose.  There is no point in engaging in hate.  Christ tells me that I am to love everyone, and pray for my enemies, those that wish me harm. Like that hate group of bullies.  That way the world heals.

Pray for them.  Pray for those who use these horrid little persons as their watermark for Christians, that they will see the untruth in this and look to lesson of love for answers.

 

Love,

Papa

 

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