Fred Phelps

Westboro Baptist Church Founder Fred Phelps Is Dead

Notorious anti-gay activist Fred Phelps has died, according to news reports.

Fred Phelps was the founder and patriarch of Westboro Baptist Church, which he and his family members used as a base for attention-grabbing protests at funerals of people who had died from AIDS, at gay-rights rallies and marches, at churches he deemed insufficiently anti-gay, and later at the funerals of American soldiers (based on the “logic” that America itself is vile and hated by God for its growing acceptance of LGBT people).

It is hard to know how much pain Phelps caused individual LGBT people and their families, particularly young people struggling with their sexuality and/or faith, with his denunciations.  But he certainly failed in his mission to frighten or harass Americans away from support for equality. In fact he may have accelerated the trend by putting such an unappealing face on anti-gay bigotry that many American Christians wanted nothing to do with him.

Phelps did allow other anti-gay leaders to posture that he was the face of hatred, not them. But the substance of their message to gay people is similar: repent or be damned – it’s just that Phelps framed it as “God hates fags” while people like Bryan Fischer say God loves them and wants them to abandon their demonic lifestyle. They may have disagreed on rhetorical strategy, but they shared their hostility to an America in which LGBT people are treated equally under the law.  In the end, other anti-gay religious leaders, even ones who distanced themselves from Phelps’s rhetoric, were tainted by him.

The Phelps family has inspired some truly creative activism by pro-equality activists, who used their appearances to raise funds for progressive organizations, and who created visually striking walls of “angels” to keep Phelps family protesters out of view of grieving family members.

Fred Phelps’s decision to protest military funerals may have accomplished the most in terms of helping more Americans view anti-gay bigotry as broadly un-American. He may have left exactly the legacy he didn’t want.

Daubenmire: Fred Phelps Is Part Of The Body Of Christ

For the second time, "Coach" Dave Daubenmire has posted a commentary in which he defends Fred Phelps and his infamous "God Hates Fags" Westboro Baptist Church, saying they too are part of the body of Christ.

Working off a passage in 1 Corinthians 12 (which he wrongly attributes to Jesus but was actually written by Paul)  that says "just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ," Daubenmire wonders why Christians are so quick to judge people like Phelps or Quran-burner Terry Jones.

They may be "an ugly part of the body that we don't really want to see," Jones says, but they are a part of the Body of Christ nonetheless:

Daubenmire Defends Westboro Baptist Church Because 'What If God Really Told Fred Phelps To Do That?'

One thing that we have rarely, if ever, heard from the ardent anti-gay bigots that we monitor on this blog was any sort of defense of Fred Phelps and his Westboro Baptist Church, infamous for their "God Hates Fags" protests.

Even the most militant anti-gay activists tend to distance themselves from the Phelps cult and decry their protests as vile and unchristian ... but not "Coach" Dave Daubenmire who today defended Westboro on the grounds that Christians have no right to judge the way in which this church carries out its mission.

Defending both Koran-burner Terry Jones and Phelps' Westboro Baptist Church, Daubenmire said that while he personally might not do things the same way, he is in no position to criticize them because "what if God really told Fred Phelps to do that?"

Fischer: "I Have Never Seen A Christian Treat A Homosexual With Hatred"

Near the end of the first hour of Bryan Fischer's radio program yesterday, Fischer took a call from "Sue in Elmore City, Oklahoma" who claimed she "went in to the world of homosexuality for a while" but had been delivered from that life by faith in Christ. 

The reason Sue called in to Fischer's show was to explain how, at that time, the gay community had been very welcoming, accepting, and loving to her while the Church and the Christian community had been very hateful and judgmental.  Sue advised that if Christians really want to help gays to leave that lifestyle, they need to be more welcoming, understanding, and loving.

But Fischer just could not believe what he was hearing because he has never in his life seen a Christian be hateful toward gays:

I have never seen a Christian treat a homosexual with hatred. I mean, I've seen them talk to them, I've seen them appeal to them - I mean, I've done this myself, I've counseled with them, I've prayed with them. I've never seen a Christian treat a homosexuality [sic] with vitriol and hatred.

Now, I'm not saying it hasn't happened. I mean, I know what Fred Phelps does, but outside of him I just haven't seen it.

Is he serious?  Fischer has "never seen a Christian treat a homosexual with hatred"? Maybe he ought to watch the first two minutes of this video:

Right Wing Leftovers

  • The Supreme Court ruled 8-1 that Fred Phelps and his band of anti-gay bigots have the right to protest military funerals.
  • Apparently Newt Gingrich won't be announcing the formation of a presidential exploratory committee.
  • On a related note, Bryan Fischer says he won't be supporting Gingrich if he does run because "it is imperative that the next standard bearer of the conservative movement be a man who has demonstrated a lifelong commitment to family values in deed as well as in words, a man who does not just talk the talk but has walked the walk."
  • Ken Hutcherson says President Obama's DOMA decision is "delusional."
  • Finally, Pat Robertson tells Newsmax that God is not going to "turn this world lose to the crazies" but He may destroy it with a meteor.  So that is reassuring.

Wiley Drake Focuses His Imprecatory Prayers On Fred Phelps

Wiley Drake has become notorious in recent years for praying for the death of President Obama, hundreds of members of Congress, and pretty much everyone who doesn't share his radical agenda ... and now he is turning his imprecatory prayers against Fred Phelps and his Westboro Baptist Church because they are, get this, "an embarrassment to Bible believing Pro-Life and Pro-Family Christians":

Christians from Around the World to Discuss Imprecatory Prayer for Westboro Baptist and Pastor Fred Phelps

Pastor Wiley Drake will host an open discussion with members of the body of Christ, from around the world, as to what to do about people he sees as an embarrassment to Bible believing Pro-Life and Pro-Family Christians, especially for those who are proud to be called Baptist.

Pastor Drake states, "We will have an OPEN prayer meeting/discussion to allow everyone to share their ideas and prayers."

If you are interested in listening to Drake’s discussion on how best to pray for the death of Phelps and his Westboro flock, you can call in tomorrow at noon Eastern time

Wiley Drake Focuses His Imprecatory Prayers On Fred Phelps

Wiley Drake has become notorious in recent years for praying for the death of President Obama, hundreds of members of Congress, and pretty much everyone who doesn't share his radical agenda ... and now he is turning his imprecatory prayers against Fred Phelps and his Westboro Baptist Church because they are, get this, "an embarrassment to Bible believing Pro-Life and Pro-Family Christians":

Christians from Around the World to Discuss Imprecatory Prayer for Westboro Baptist and Pastor Fred Phelps

Pastor Wiley Drake will host an open discussion with members of the body of Christ, from around the world, as to what to do about people he sees as an embarrassment to Bible believing Pro-Life and Pro-Family Christians, especially for those who are proud to be called Baptist.

Pastor Drake states, "We will have an OPEN prayer meeting/discussion to allow everyone to share their ideas and prayers."

If you are interested in listening to Drake’s discussion on how best to pray for the death of Phelps and his Westboro flock, you can call in tomorrow at noon Eastern time

Brownback Refuses to Comment On His Association With Engle

As we have noted before, Democrats in Kansas have rightly been making an issue of Sam Brownback's ties to Lou Engle given that the two lived together for several months after Brownback's condo burned down. 

Recently, Brownback tried to distance himself a bit from Engle, saying that he had some concerns about some of Engle's views but for the most part Brownback has been trying to ignore the issue ... which is getting harder as Democrats continue to make it an issue:

Kansas Democrats are highlighting Republican gubernatorial nominee Sam Brownback's ties to a controversial evangelist, saying the association raises questions about his judgment.

The Kansas Democratic Party cites Brownback's appearance at a 2007 rally for evangelist Lou Engle, who has urged Christians to fast and pray that "God, the avenger of blood" will heal the nation's sins of abortion and homosexuality.

"Does Sam Brownback know where to draw the line?" said Kenny Johnston, the Kansas Democratic Party's executive director. "It's an important question to ask about Sam Brownback's judgment."

Brownback's opponent, Tom Holland, even released a statement questioning Brownback's ties to Engle:

"I have read the stories in the Topeka Capital-Journal, the Lawrence Journal World and by the Associated Press detailing Senator Brownback's relationship with Lou Engle, and my staff has shared with me additional information1 on Mr. Engle's views and statements. I found all of this to be very troubling.

"The next Governor of Kansas will need to bring people together, not divide them along lines of fear and bigotry.

"Whether it's upholding the executive ban on workplace discrimination against gays and lesbians, or preventing our state from being defined by the messages of Fred Phelps and Lou Engle – the next Governor has a responsibility to protect the rights of every Kansan.

"We've seen what happens when right-wing extremists get the spotlight; our state becomes a punch line on late night talk shows and companies think twice before bringing new jobs to our state. We can't go down that path again.

"I'm running to be a leader for all Kansans, so that we can continue our legacy as a Free State, where discrimination and bigotry – against anyone – is not tolerated."

Brownback's campaign refuses to comment, but as Bruce Wilson notes, it is not only Engle with whom he has ties, but other leaders like Dutch Sheets as well (you may recall how Sheets' prayers led to the capture of Saddam Hussein):

Former US Senator Brownback told the Topeka, Kansas Lawrence Journal-World, "He [Engle] said a number of things that I'm troubled by," and Brownback added, "I haven't had much association with him for some period of time." In Sam Brownback's lexicon, 'some period of time' would have to mean 'at least ten months' because back in December 2009 Brownback could be found up onstage with Lou Engle, who led the Family Research Council's nationally broadcast "Prayercast" against health care reform.

Brownback's disavowal elides his long association with Lou Engle. As I broke here at Talk To Action in late December 2009, Lou Engle says he and Sam Brownback lived together for 7 months in a rented Washington DC condominium. And, in footage from Brownback's 2007 appearance at Lou Engle's Nashville TheCall rally, evangelist Dutch Sheets stated that Brownback, whom Sheets called a personal friend to both Sheets, Lou Engle, and other mutual associates, had already attended four of Lou Engle's TheCall events.

If Brownback has "concerns" about Engle, it sure didn't stop him attending at least four of his The Call events.

Remembering Christine O'Donnell: Praising Helms, Missing Lenny and Squiggy, and Worries of Rampant Satanism

I searched around in the newspaper archives for articles from Christine O'Donnell's days with Concerned Women for America and her time as Savior's Alliance for Lifting the Truth and found some rather interesting quotes and articles that are worth sharing.

Like this article praising Sen. Jesse Helms for opposing funding for HIV victims: 

AIDS BILL PASSES IN SENATE; SEN. JESSE HELMS' VIOLENT OPPOSITION MADE MEDIA WAVES, BUT DIDN'T SWAY THE 97-3 VOTE.

28 July 1995
Charlotte Observer

Sen. Jesse Helms, R-N.C., lost his battle Thursday to stop a special funding program for AIDS sufferers, but won an opportunity to publicize his views to a nationwide television audience during a two-day debate.

Over Helms' objections, the Senate voted, 97-3, to pass the Ryan White Care Act, which funnels money to states to help AIDS and HIV-positive victims who can't get help elsewhere ... Helms lost overwhelmingly because senators were disgusted by his remarks implying that AIDS sufferers didn't deserve federal help

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Concerned Women for America, a 600,000-member Christian group, praised Helms.

Federal money from the Ryan White Act has in the past gone to teach teenagers to use condoms to engage in homosexual behavior that includes anal sex, said Concerned Women spokeswoman Christine O'Donnell.

Or this article attacking Coors Brewing Company for offering benefits to same-sex couples:

At Coors, a Brewing Dilemma Over Gay Rights

16 September 1995
The Washington Post

The Coors Brewing Co. is run by a family that has helped fund a conservative backlash against gay rights, but has become one of the first companies in the country to extend health benefits to the partners of its homosexual employees.

As a consequence, the corporation, whose annual beverage sales total $1.6 billion, finds itself boycotted both by gay and lesbian activists and by anti-gay Christian fundamentalists.

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Fred Phelps Sr., minister of Westboro Baptist Church in Topeka, Kan., announced a boycott of Coors and began organizing a picketing and lobbying campaign. In an interview, Phelps said his church has only 150 members, but has 10 fax machines he uses to publicize the boycott. One fax that he said was sent to churches throughout the country said, "The Coors family of hypocrites claim to fear God, but sponsor filthy fags!"

Christine O'Donnell, press secretary of the 600,000-member Concerned Women of America, said her conservative group also opposes the new Coors policy. "We think that it legitimizes the homosexual lifestyle," she said.

Or this one in which O'Donnell longs for the days when Lenny and Squiggy didn't sleep with Laverne and Shirley: 

AMERICA'S SEXUAL RIGHT TURN
INSIGHT
2 June 1997

"In general, my generation is confused," says Christine O'Donnell, 27, head of the Saviors Alliance for Lifting the Truth, a Christian youth group that advocates sexual abstinence. "We're craving more conservative values, more boundaries." O'Donnell lectures at high schools about abstinence and says there always is a sigh of relief when teens hear that it's okay to wait. "A lot of these kids have never had anyone tell them no, and they want that," she explains.

Despite O'Donnell's modest success - she has been featured on MTV and will fence comedian Al Franken on an upcoming episode of Politically Incorrect - her mission, she says, is a struggle against the still-dominant liberal culture. "People are always talking about how bad the seventies were, but things in the popular culture have gotten much worse even since then. I grew up watching Laverne and Shirley, and Lenny and Squiggy never slept over. Now with shows like Friends or Married i With Children, sex is everywhere. I mean, can you imagine the minds that were raised on those shows?"

Ot this one that O'Donnell wrote about handing out S.A.L.T literature at the annual HFStival in Washington, DC in which she warned at Satanism had become the religion of choice for her generation:

Opposite Attraction; Pitching Abstinence to the Young and the Restless at the HFStival
By Christine O'Donnell

15 June 1997
The Washington Post

Walking through the crowd I also noticed more pentagrams than crosses around the teenage necks. "Satanism is the religion of the '90s," I was told. "It means I worship nature," responded one girl when I asked her what the pentagram meant to her. I explained that the pentagram is to Satan what the cross is to Christ. She didn't want to believe it.

Others knew exactly what it meant.

"I'd rather go to hell and do what I want than go to heaven and do what others say," said a pale boy wearing smeared red and black eyeliner who had deep scars along the insides of both arms.

This boy mirrored "The Satanic Bible's" basic philosophy, "Do what thou wilt." Satanism has re-emerged among Generation X with an arrogance that mocks its members as it blatantly destroys them. Was this boy so consumed with his right to worship Satan that he couldn't see Satan's true purpose, which is to devour and destroy his worshipers? Past generations have broadened the boundaries so much that this generation must go to great extremes to rebel.

The generation of young people that questioned the establishment in the '60s is now middle-aged, and has become the establishment itself. Moral absolutes have been eliminated, "feel-good" religions created, and free sex legitimized, paving the way for disposable marriages. The results of these tailor-made values are new strains of sexually transmitted diseases, more potent drugs, more broken families and out-of-wedlock pregnancy rates and worrisome suicide rates. It's time for this generation of young people to question the new establishment.

Brownback's Ties to Engle Becoming An Issue In Kansas Gov. Race

Late last year we wrote a post based on a video posted by Bruce Wilson in which Lou Engle explained how he had come to live with Sen. Sam Brownback for seven months:

As I was mobilizing for Boston I said to kids in California ‘we need to dig the dwells of revival in Harvard and close the door of false ideologies that have come through Boston’. Amazingly a week later, I received a phone call from the US Senator from Kansas, Senator Sam Brownback, he’s a godly man. He calls me up, he says ‘Lou, I’m in England, you need to dig the dwells of revival in Harvard and close the door of false ideologies that have come through Boston’. Almost word for word. A Senator was prophesizing me, glory to God.

In fact, it was prophesized to me that I would be connected with a man named Senator Sam Brownback from Kansas. But I forgot about the prophecy, so when I rented a condo in DC to mobilize for The Call, a week later I received a phone call from the owner of the condo and he said ‘there’s a man named Senator Sam Brownback. His condo just burnt down, he wants to know if he could stay in your condo’. I became the room mate of Senator Brownback for 7 months. We began to get dreams that he would be the president of the United States and right now, who knows? We are praying.

Now, via Frederick Clarkson, we see that the Kansas Democratic Party is making this an issue in the race for Governor, asking people to sign a petition demanding that Brownback denounce and distance himself from Engle:

“This is the type of behavior one would expect from Fred Phelps – not from someone who has the ear of Kansas’ most ambitious politician. We are calling on Senator Brownback to denounce Lou Engle for his hateful rhetoric and extreme agenda,” said Kenny Johnston, Executive Director of the Kansas Democratic Party, “If this is the sort of company Brownback keeps, it speaks volumes about the kind of Governor he would be.”

The next Governor of Kansas needs a laser-like focus on creating quality jobs. We can't afford to let a strong and lasting economic recovery be jeopardized by divisive and narrow interests. Now, more than ever, Kansans can't afford an out-of-touch Washington politician who will open the doors of Ceder Crest to extremists like Lou Engle.

In order to demonstrate that he will focus on policies that unite Kansans to solve the challenges that confront our state Sam Brownback needs to demonstrate his independence from right-wing extremists, and strongly denounce Lou Engle.

Matt Barber: I Know You Are But What Am I?

Matt Barber's latest column is quite a work of art. 

Still upset about the fact that the Southern Poverty Law Center has labeled his good friend Peter Labarbera's Americans for Truth a hate site, Barber begins by attacking "progressives" for their use of ad hominem attacks ... by likening them to pig farmers: 

“Progressives” are like pig farmers. In an effort to bury opposing viewpoints they sling pejorative slop, labeling as “bigot,” “hater,” “wingnut” or “racist” those with whom they disagree. It’s the height of intellectual sloth.

The ad hominem approach – chief among logical fallacies – undergirds an effort to both marginalize conservative viewpoints and avoid arguing on the merits the controversies of the day. For liberals, to set sail in fair debate is to navigate treacherous waters.

Apparently unaware of the irony of decrying ad hominem attacks by launching ad hominem attacks, Barber then moves on to making a point that is actually semi-reasonable, at least by his standards, in which he agrees with the SPLC's designation of Fred Phelps and his Westboro Baptist Church as a hate group:

Cult leader Fred Phelps and his Westboro brood of “God hates F-gs” fame are infused to the marrow with pure, unadulterated hate.

Phelps hates homosexuals. He hates the military. He hates America. He apparently hates everyone. But he also hurts people. Intentionally, I believe.

The point Barber is trying to make is that it is people like Phelps who are the "real haters" and it is unfair to lump people like LaBarbera or Barber in with these sorts of bigots ... and then Barber proceed to proclaim that it is really "leftists" who are the Phelps-like bigots: 

So, Fred Phelps aside, every time you hear some lefty like Anderson Cooper or Keith Olbermann despicably refer to Bible-believing Christians as “homophobes,” or who call grandma a “teabagger” (slang for a vile homosexual act), consider who the real haters are.

Whenever Mark Potok, Rachel Maddow or some liberal politico in Congress attempts to equate conservative Joe to a “right wing extremists” or a “domestic terrorist,” contemplate who the true bigots are.

The palpable irony is that leftists – with their slanderous name-calling, harsh judgments and ad hominem attacks – are, in truth, more like Phelps than those they falsely accuse.

So, to recap:  Liberals engage in ad hominem attacks when they equate anti-gay activists like LaBarbera or Barber to bigots like Fred Phelps, and that is unfair ... because it is liberals who are bigots just like Fred Phelps.

Right Wing Leftovers

  • Al Mholer examines the issue of refusing to pay taxes in order to avoid participating in health care reform's coverage for abortion and concludes that to do so is unchristian.
  • Not surprisingly, Fred Phelps was not a very good father.
  • Sen. Scott Brown thanks the National Review.
  • David Barton will be headlining the Iowa Christian Alliance's Eastern Iowa Spring Dinner.
  • Bill Donohue continues to insist that it is "homosexual priests" who are to blame for the Catholic Church's sex abuse scandal, declaring "it's time to end the gay cover-up once and for all."
  • Finally, the quote for the day from New Jersey state Rep. Michael Carroll explaining his opposition to marriage equality: "I see no purpose in extending a societal imprimatur – and not insubstantial benefits – to folks whose relationships are of essentially no societal consequence. Taxpayers should not be in the business of subsidizing friendships, however close."

If At First You Don't Succeed, Invite Westboro Baptist

What happens when a local gay organization in Florida can't get any of the people working to pass the anti-gay marriage amendment to come and debate them? Well, if you are the Stonewall Legal Alliance at FIU College of Law, you go out and find some other anti-gay activists who will - in this case, members of the Westboro Baptist Church:

A church known for spewing anti-gay rhetoric and picketing military funerals is slated to debate a state marriage amendment at a forum next week at Florida International University.

The Topeka, Kan.-based Westboro Baptist Church accepted an invitation from the Stonewall Legal Alliance, a gay group at the FIU College of Law. The debate will focus on Amendment 2, the initiative on the Nov. 4 ballot that would add Florida's existing ban on same-sex marriage to the state constitution.

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Jose Gabilondo, an associate law professor at FIU, plans to argue against the amendment, while two daughters of Westboro Pastor Fred Phelps will speak for it.

Westboro has gained national notoriety by picketing at gay pride events as well as funerals of soldiers killed in Iraq; it equates modern America with Sodom and Gomorrah.

Westboro members agreed to pay their own expenses to Florida.

"The message of Westboro is the message of Amendment 2," Gabilondo said.

Debate organizers said they invited members of a state coalition supporting the amendment, as well as several other groups, but they declined.

"That's the most heinous thing I've ever heard. They go to the most radical group," said Janet Folger, an Amendment 2 supporter who heads a more mainstream Fort Lauderdale-based group called Faith2Action. "It's a deliberate attempt to make the pro-marriage people appear to be something they're not."

Of course, if Folger is so concerned that her movement is being represented by a bunch of vicious bigots, perhaps she should attend the debate herself and explain exactly how her belief that gay marriage = end times actually differs from those espoused by the Phelps clan.

Land Blasts Phelps

Richard Land is no fan of Fred Phelps, his Westboro Baptist Church, or their tactics: "In my opinion, Fred Phelps and his disciples’ grotesque assault on these bereft family members is nothing less than verbal pornography and obscenity. It is not, and should not, be protected under the First Amendment. For this group of misguided zealots to do their despicable deeds in the name of God is blasphemous."

President Signs Law Banning Military Funeral Protests

Law aimed at stopping the activities of the virulently anti-gay Fred Phelps and his Westboro Baptist Church.
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Fred Phelps Posts Archive

Peter Montgomery, Thursday 03/20/2014, 12:33pm
Notorious anti-gay activist Fred Phelps has died, according to news reports. Fred Phelps was the founder and patriarch of Westboro Baptist Church, which he and his family members used as a base for attention-grabbing protests at funerals of people who had died from AIDS, at gay-rights rallies and marches, at churches he deemed insufficiently anti-gay, and later at the funerals of American soldiers (based on the “logic” that America itself is vile and hated by God for its growing acceptance of LGBT people). It is hard to know how much pain Phelps caused individual LGBT people and... MORE >
Kyle Mantyla, Friday 10/18/2013, 10:18am
For the second time, "Coach" Dave Daubenmire has posted a commentary in which he defends Fred Phelps and his infamous "God Hates Fags" Westboro Baptist Church, saying they too are part of the body of Christ. Working off a passage in 1 Corinthians 12 (which he wrongly attributes to Jesus but was actually written by Paul)  that says "just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ," Daubenmire wonders why Christians are so quick to judge people like Phelps or Quran-burner Terry... MORE >
Kyle Mantyla, Friday 09/27/2013, 9:58am
One thing that we have rarely, if ever, heard from the ardent anti-gay bigots that we monitor on this blog was any sort of defense of Fred Phelps and his Westboro Baptist Church, infamous for their "God Hates Fags" protests. Even the most militant anti-gay activists tend to distance themselves from the Phelps cult and decry their protests as vile and unchristian ... but not "Coach" Dave Daubenmire who today defended Westboro on the grounds that Christians have no right to judge the way in which this church carries out its mission. Defending both Koran-burner Terry Jones... MORE >
Kyle Mantyla, Thursday 06/30/2011, 1:16pm
Near the end of the first hour of Bryan Fischer's radio program yesterday, Fischer took a call from "Sue in Elmore City, Oklahoma" who claimed she "went in to the world of homosexuality for a while" but had been delivered from that life by faith in Christ.  The reason Sue called in to Fischer's show was to explain how, at that time, the gay community had been very welcoming, accepting, and loving to her while the Church and the Christian community had been very hateful and judgmental.  Sue advised that if Christians really want to help gays to leave that... MORE >
Kyle Mantyla, Wednesday 03/02/2011, 6:20pm
The Supreme Court ruled 8-1 that Fred Phelps and his band of anti-gay bigots have the right to protest military funerals. Apparently Newt Gingrich won't be announcing the formation of a presidential exploratory committee. On a related note, Bryan Fischer says he won't be supporting Gingrich if he does run because "it is imperative that the next standard bearer of the conservative movement be a man who has demonstrated a lifelong commitment to family values in deed as well as in words, a man who does not just talk the talk but has walked the walk." Ken Hutcherson... MORE >
Kyle Mantyla, Thursday 01/13/2011, 3:49pm
Wiley Drake has become notorious in recent years for praying for the death of President Obama, hundreds of members of Congress, and pretty much everyone who doesn't share his radical agenda ... and now he is turning his imprecatory prayers against Fred Phelps and his Westboro Baptist Church because they are, get this, "an embarrassment to Bible believing Pro-Life and Pro-Family Christians": Christians from Around the World to Discuss Imprecatory Prayer for Westboro Baptist and Pastor Fred Phelps Pastor Wiley Drake will host an open discussion with members of the body of Christ,... MORE >
Kyle Mantyla, Thursday 01/13/2011, 3:49pm
Wiley Drake has become notorious in recent years for praying for the death of President Obama, hundreds of members of Congress, and pretty much everyone who doesn't share his radical agenda ... and now he is turning his imprecatory prayers against Fred Phelps and his Westboro Baptist Church because they are, get this, "an embarrassment to Bible believing Pro-Life and Pro-Family Christians": Christians from Around the World to Discuss Imprecatory Prayer for Westboro Baptist and Pastor Fred Phelps Pastor Wiley Drake will host an open discussion with members of the body of Christ,... MORE >
Kyle Mantyla, Wednesday 10/13/2010, 11:10am
As we have noted before, Democrats in Kansas have rightly been making an issue of Sam Brownback's ties to Lou Engle given that the two lived together for several months after Brownback's condo burned down.  Recently, Brownback tried to distance himself a bit from Engle, saying that he had some concerns about some of Engle's views but for the most part Brownback has been trying to ignore the issue ... which is getting harder as Democrats continue to make it an issue: Kansas Democrats are highlighting Republican gubernatorial nominee Sam Brownback's ties to a controversial evangelist,... MORE >