Saturday, February 07, 2009

Rev. Phelps to Visit Plattsburgh - Again

The good Rev. Fred Phelps is going to visit Plattsburgh again. The reverend doesn't like the play "The Laramie Project".

The beliefs of Rev. Fred Phelps of the Westboro Church of Hate confuse me. That is until I spent a little time at his "godhatesfags" website. Rev. Phelps has somehow convinced himself that he is one the unconditional elected, one of the Five Points of Calvinism. This, as I understand it, means that he is one of God's children that have been saved from the beginning of creation.

When God created the Universe (and people) he designated certain individuals as saved and other individuals as those who will eternally rot in hell. This makes a bit of sense due to the concept of "predestiination". Since God is all powerful and all knowing and always was and always will be, God knows what is going to happen in the future. So obviously who will be saved and who will not be so lucky has already been written.

The cool think about the unconditional elected designation, is (as I understand it) it doesn't matter how you lead your life. You can hate freely, as Rev. Phelps and his family does and it doesn't matter - you have already been unconditionally elected. You are predestined to be matter your actions while living on Earth.
"God preordained...a part of the human race, without any merit of their own, to eternal salvation, and another part, in just punishment of their sin, to eternal damnation. " John Calvin
Naturally, you can back this statement up with any number of passages from the bible.
Romans 9:21: "Hath not the potter power over the clay, of the same lump to make one vessel unto honour, and another unto dishonour?"
Below is a picture of some of the members of Rev. Phelps Westboro Baptist Church.

They look a little similar to one another. Not a surprise since most the church members (~70 members total) are also related to Rev. Phelps. Sounds much more like a cult to me. If the Rev. Phelps is one of those individuals that has been "saved", I'm glad I'm an atheist. I'd rather rot in hell eternally than exist forever in a place where Phelps is considered one of the good guys.

Personally, I like George Carlin's views on religion.


Anonymous said...

Find his sources of income and go after them. Bog him down with lawsuit after lawsuit in every state he haunts till his lawyers take all his money. Every man can be worn down by government regulations and legal entanglements just like doctors and engineers.
Push this monster hard, very hard and he will break.

PCS said...

His church has already been fine over 2 million dollars. It hasn't stopped him.

Anonymous said...

2 million dollars is a joke. That's not even trying. How about 20 million for pain and psychological suffering causing debilitating harm for life.

Where is home land security. He and his band of terrorist are threatening our troops and their families.

If Greenpeace and other environmental groups could be considered terrorist so must he be.

Anonymous said...

That wouldn't stop him either. I believe he is so far gone that he believes this nonsense himself.

Anonymous said...

It's ok... We'll send them to disarm the IED's there's only 100, theres 100 in IED alley... they can fight for their own freedom.

zzzzzzzzzzzz said...

If I was god I would be really want to get rid of Phelps. I would be loading up lightening bolts to throw at his ass. If there is a hell he built it just for this guy. Anyway, Carlin will get to laugh at him from the pearly gates.