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December 16, 2012

Pray for Newtown in the Face of Extreme Provocation

I’m not usually tempted to imitate Elijah on Mount Carmel (1 Kings 18) when I read the news, but if the Lord were to send down fire and destroy these people...let’s just say that I wouldn’t shed any tears:

On Saturday, Shirley Phelps-Roper – a member of the extremely controversial Westboro Baptist Church - messaged with a tweet on the social media platform of Twitter:

“Westboro will picket Sandy Hook Elementary School to sing praise to God for the glory of his work in executing his judgment.”

The message on Twitter was sent the day after 20 children and six adults were killed by Adam Lanza in the horrific massacre at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut.

My hope is that every person who lives within ten miles of Newtown, and many more besides, will form a cordon around the school that is so large that it prevents the Westboor haters from so much as getting into the town.


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These people came to our town recently to protest Billy Graham.

There is a theory out there that the Westboro Baptist church scam is really just that, a scam to make money on lawsuits that they file when their freedom of speech rights are denied by ignorant law enforcement or they are physically attacked by citizens.

Several of the “church” people are lawyers. They make their money filing lawsuits.

They are masters at provoking people.

See this funny clip at about 2:50. “Help, help, I’m being repressed”


[1] Posted by Capn Jack Sparrow on 12-16-2012 at 07:22 PM · [top]

Thanks CJS. They certainly sound like agents provocateurs.

Great clip.

[2] Posted by MichaelA on 12-17-2012 at 01:49 AM · [top]

I was speechless when I saw this news yesterday concerning the plans of Westboro Baptist.  This is not a free speech issue but a human decency issue.

One would think the Southern Baptist Convention leadership would shut down this church or at least speak out against its actions.  It appears almost cultic that a group of people would follow such a bizarre and merciless idea.  What possible good could come out of picketing in Newtown?  Have they no concern whatsoever for the intense grief of these parents and townspeople, or is “the agenda” all they see? (Sound familiar?)

I would love to see more digging into their actual motives.

And I do hope that (once again) good people from every stripe form an impenetrable barrier around the entire perimeter of Newtown!

[3] Posted by cityonahill on 12-17-2012 at 08:05 AM · [top]

They aren’t Southern Baptists. They’re independent. I mean really, who would have them?

[4] Posted by David Fischler on 12-17-2012 at 08:26 AM · [top]

It’s not my place to judge anyone’s salvation, nor would I wish hell on anyone, but if these people end up at the gates of heaven, I hope Jesus has some very convicting words for them before they are allowed to enter.

[5] Posted by Ecclesiastes 1:18 on 12-17-2012 at 09:18 AM · [top]

Anonymous has hacked Westboro - http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/12/17/westboro-baptist-church-hacked-anonymous-protest-newtown-shooting-victims-funerals_n_2315070.html

Their site isn’t working - check out the address (not sure if Anonymous changed it somehow) - http://www.godhatesfags.com/

My company was hacked by these guys, just to show that they could…guess I can forgive them now.  wink


[6] Posted by B. Hunter on 12-17-2012 at 04:40 PM · [top]

Truthfully, this *church* sounds like a good fit for TEC. Lots of lawyers, extreme views and lots of social activism.  Perhaps they should join the local TEc diocese in Kansas??

[7] Posted by SC blu cat lady on 1-4-2013 at 11:14 PM · [top]

The lawsuit scam idea is the first thing that makes sense to me about this group of nuts.  I have had a hard time connecting the dots about just who these people decide to harass.  Can’t for the life of me figure out why they want to go to Newtown.  God’s judgement? For what?

[8] Posted by Cindy T. in TX on 1-11-2013 at 11:53 PM · [top]

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