The Westboro Baptist Church
Would any group protest funerals, why? Protesting funerals, thanking God for dead soldiers, and desecrating the American flag are all practices that would never even enter the mind of an average person. These concepts are so outrageous that most people are unable to think of a logical explanation for how someone could possibly do these things. These practices are not common, but one church has succeeded to blow the minds of the average American citizen. The Westboro Baptist Church consisting of only 70 members and led by Fred Phelps, has become notorious for its beliefs and methods of making its beliefs known (Anti-Defamation League). The church spreads its messages through its website using videos, Pastor Phelps’ sermons, and most shockingly, its protests. Protesting at funerals has become the trademark of this church. Fred Phelps proudly stated that the church has carried out over 33,000 of these protests (Mesaros). Some of its most famous protests include the funerals of Matthew Snyder, and the Arizona shooting victims. These practices go beyond the realm of simple protests and freedom of speech into hate crimes and invasion of privacy. The beliefs of this church can be characterized as simply extreme Christian theology. These methods are controversial and considered hate crimes by many (Mesaros).
The Westboro Baptist Church’s main goal is to make the people of America aware that the Americans are going against the will of God and headed toward damnation. Making disciples and warning people of the consequences of not following God are two of the most vital teachings in the Christian religion. Matthew 28:18-20 states, “Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, ‘All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I...