There is a wonderful Michael Moore clip from the Awful Truth where he takes on Reverend Fred Phelps and the Westboro Baptist Church. That church had achieved some notoriety with its vehemently anti homosexual views and its practice of picketing the funerals of young gay men and harassing their grieving families.
Moore responded by assembling a group of volunteers in a large pink bus christened “the Sodommobile” and toured southern states where sodomy was still illegal. They managed to purportedly commit an offence in three states at once! The clip climaxes with Moore’s volunteers singing a Karen Carpenter song while one of Phelps’ supporters sings without irony “God hates fags”. You have to see it to believe it. You have to wonder at the blind stupidity and hatred displayed by people who think they are worshiping a god who preaches forgiveness and tolerance.
It seems that New Zealand may have its own Fred Phelps. The Westcity Bible Baptist Church has posted a biblical passage on its Facebook page suggesting that homosexuals should be put to death.
Levi Joule from Gay Express has reported on an email sent by the Church’s Pastor Logan Robertson in response to a request for support for a project dealing with issues faced by LGBT people in the church. Joule reports that Robertson responded in the following terms:
“We are not interested in your filthy lifestyle or book.
Romans 1 clearly says god has rejected homos and they are worthy of death. You cannot be saved.
Leviticus 20:13 reads”If a man also lie with mankind, as he lieth with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination: they shall surely be put to death; their blood shall be upon them.”
The Bible says you are vile, strange (queer), reprobate, sodomite, natural brute beasts, made to be taken and destroyed (2 Peter 2:12).
I pray that you will commit suicide, you filthy child molesting fag.”
This is appalling, utterly appalling from someone who is meant to provide spiritual guidance to people. Rather than detail how appalling it is I thought I would rely on Jed Bartlett to do so.
Updated to correct the name. I understand the Church is not affiliated with the mainstream Baptist Church in New Zealand.