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God Hates Fags is the web site of the most well-known anti-gay organisation, Westboro Baptist Church. Well-known, if only because they are mired in scandal and controversy. A shocking exposť of Fred Phelps, the leader of this organisation, and his child-beating habits, called "Addicted to Hate", came to the surface thru a muddled lawsuit. Furthermore, their pickets of the funerals of homosexuals have inflamed the media.
God Hates Fags
The splash page of their site had to be added there in order to turn away the easily offended, with a warning sign, seen to the left. I for one entirely support such warning signs about Gospel preaching - it is truly despicable and uncivilised. Not only that, but I support the extension of this principle to religion in general. Would it not be a fine comeback against those censorship-happy Christians to see their Bible with a warning sign ?
At any rate, we learn that Westboro Baptist Church's position is clear, but difficult to summarize :
And it goes on and on. Inside the site, however, our prospects brighten : it seems WBC protestors are at least aware of how ridiculous they look (see right). Unfortunately, this is as self-aware as it gets, folks.
Their purpose page explains the fundamentals of their anti-gay thought :
"GOD HATES FAGS" -- though elliptical -- is a profound theological statement, which the world needs to hear more than it needs oxygen, water and bread.
While I am glad that the WBC family understands that they are the ones doing the hating and not God (projection is quite a problem amongst Christians), it remains to be seen how gays destroy nations, or how food is less important than hating gays. Call me skeptical, but even if I can see how African kids may be glad to learn how much God hates guys who fuck others guys in the butt, I'm sure they would prefer to risk destruction and have food. They don't seem to have thought this out too well either :
We are here forced to ask, what about homosexual marriages ? Are they allright ? Gays may have a loophole here.
The FAQ page, the funniest on the site, is full of gems.
We display large, colorful signs containing Bible words and sentiments, including: GOD HATES FAGS, FAGS HATE GOD, AIDS CURES FAGS, THANK GOD FOR AIDS, FAGS BURN IN HELL, NO NOT MOCKED, FAGS ARE NATURE FREAKS, GOD GAVE FAGS UP, NO SPECIAL LAWS FOR FAGS, etc.
Because God is a sovereign God, and should be thanked for all of His righteous judgments, whether you like them or not. Everyone who gets AIDS gets it as a direct result of God's will (including babies and people who get it from blood transfusions), and He should be blessed for it.
We use the word "fag" as a contraction of the word "faggot" or "fagot." A "fag" is a firebrand. A "fag" is used for kindling - it fuels fire. "Fag" is a metaphor used in the Bible, for example, in Amos 4:11 (where it is translated "firebrand" in the KJV). Just as a "fag" fuels the fires of nature, so does a sodomite fuel the fires of God's wrath.
Ironically, their Biblical hermeneutics are more accurate than most Christians (although they are agaisnt abortion, without Biblical justification). It is amusing not only to read the tone, but to compare their need to take a seemingly "hard" stance with the obvious truth of what they are saying.
Another page to look for on this site is the Photos page. Their signs alone, and the occasion to see these subhuman protestors, are worth it.
God Hates America
Why does WBC think God hates America ? Well, the first answer, Christians, is clearly unacceptable here. Is it because of country music, or perhaps disco ? No, but rather because of its alleged depravity. It seems God lets depravity happen because he hates the US, and therefore lets Catholic priests pork young boys. But wait, wouldn't God first need to hate because of the depravity, before letting the depravity happen ? Are we caught in a thorny theological loop ? I guess WBC doesn't care too much about logic. You can read here rants about America and its right-wing leaders being false prophets, and listen to Fred's semons about America.
Oh yea, and God also hates Canada, and Sweden. How come God doesn't hate one of those loser countries, like Angola or Namibia ?
God Hates Figs
G-D Hates Pork Chops
God Hates Flags
These three parody sites are well worth the visit, perhaps more than the original.
review written by Franc, 07/2002.