So what your saying is that these folk are the literalists of the literal when it comes to understanding the bible?[/quote:226akk3h]
They claim to be literalists. But they are just pick and chooseists. Jesus tells us about carrying on about the speck in our brother’s eye, while ignoring the beam in our own. We are taught that we should pray that God would forgive our offences (trespasses) as we forgive the offences of those who have offended us. They decide for themselves what they will accept out of the Bible, and what they will just simply ignore. Let’s not forget the Bible still says that it is an abomonation to wear cloth of mixed fiber, (So you are an abomination if you wear a cotton/poly blend jacket or slacks. Unless you just want to pick the few ideas you want out of the Bible, and ignore the rest.
If we can’t forgive our brother’s offence, should then God forgive ours? According to these folks, yes, if you agree with them. One of the problems with the Internet, is that Westburo is composed of just a few members of Felps family. Some of his kids disowned him and the “Church” because he was abusive. In 1996 Phelps led a protest at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C., where he tells us that, “Homosexuals and Jews dominated Nazi Germany…”
[i:226akk3h]In 2003, before the fall of Saddam Hussein during the Iraq War, Phelps wrote Saddam a letter praising his regime for being, in his opinion, “the only Muslim state that allows the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ to be freely and openly preached on the streets.” Furthermore, he stated that he would like to send a delegation to Baghdad to “preach the Gospel” for one week. Saddam granted permission, and a group of WBC congregants traveled to Iraq to protest against the U.S. The WBC members stood on the streets of Baghdad holding signs condemning both Bill and Hillary Clinton, as well as anal sex. After Saddam was executed in 2006, Phelps released a video commentary that stated that both Saddam and Gerald Ford (who had died the same week) were now in Hell.[/i:226akk3h] (Wikipedia article)
The Westboro Baptist Church considers membership in most religious groups, such as the Roman Catholic Church or Islam, as akin to devil worship, and states these other churches to be “Satanic frauds preaching Arminian lies. (Westburo Newsletter 7/21/2002)