Pastor Fred Phelps blames Tucson shooting victims, praises gunman

Wednesday, April 24th, 2013 By

Photo of controversial Westboro Baptist Church Pastor Fred Phelps at a rally.

Pastor Fred Phelps of Westboro Baptist Church has condemned the victims who were felled by Jared Lee Loughner's bullets. (Photo Credit: CC BY-ND/Project Q Atlanta)

Controversial pastor Fred Phelps of the Kansas-based Westboro Baptist Church has spoken out regarding the tragic shootings in Tucson, Ariz., reports The Stir. In a move that should surprise no one who has followed the activities of Phelps and his flock, the contentious pastor has called Jared Lee Loughner a “soldier hero” and announced plans to boycott the funerals of the six people who were gunned down in a Tucson Safeway on Saturday, among them a 9-year-old girl.

Fred Phelps and the free speech/hate speech divide

Few people burdened by even an ounce of human compassion could entertain the idea that when Jared Lee Loughner shot Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and others, Loughner was somehow doing the work of a benevolent higher power. While the U.S. Constitution grants individuals the right to free speech, resolving where to place the line before hate speech – of which Fred Phelps and other members of the Westboro Baptist Church have been accused in the media – has proven to be a legal quagmire.

Currently on the docket for the Supreme Court of the United States is a case in which Fred Phelps and the Westboro Baptist Church are being accused of using hate speech during their protests at the funeral of an Iraq war veteran. The dead soldier’s father was initially granted millions of dollars in damages by a Baltimore federal court, but that ruling was later overturned by an appeals court.

‘Thank God for the violent shooter,’ said Phelps

Based upon Fred Phelps’ interpretation of an ancient text – the Bible – it is the work of a higher power that Jared Lee Loughner was sent to the Tucson, Ariz., Safeway with a loaded, concealed Glock-19. In Phelps’ mind, it was the will of God that Gabrielle Giffords and 13 others were wounded and six were killed. Phelps says the victims faced harsh justice for what he believes to be support for the homosexual community and divorce (points of fixation for the Westboro Baptist Church). Phelps even went so far as to say that it was unfortunate that more didn’t die, such is his hatred of those he feels have wronged society – including a 9-year-old girl.

As The Stir puts it, “neither common sense nor respect” are characteristics of Fred Phelps and the Westboro Baptist Church.

Sources

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Phelps weighs in on tragedy in Tucson (WARNING: Contains speech/images some may find offensive)

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This post has 8 comments

  1. Spiritdove says:

    hate only creates more hate . This man is a fine example of following the bible "litterally
    and in his mind he is doing the "will of God' Maybe in a way he is? Hes showing others just how much religion can cause
    so much damage if taken so liiteral.he is showing the way out is not to be as he is.

  2. gabex says:

    Would god mind sparing an extra shooter or two and shoot Fred Phelps??

    Unbelievable a pos like that hides himself of the first amendment when what he is doing is eulogy of crime.

  3. Adam says:

    This demon-possessed man is a terrorist and he should be tried and sentenced as a terrorist.

  4. Alexandrea says:

    May GOD help you I am truly speechless. I am sick to my stomach! How can any one think this way?

  5. jessie says:

    WOW I'm speechless right now, this guys is simply a demon! there is place for him that's for sure, and heaven is not it! I doubt God will have any mercy on his soul when his time comes.

  6. Judy says:

    You should be ashamed of your self for the God i serve doesn't send someone to kill, if you know anything about the Bible, scriptures tells you who does. God alone will be the judge ,so check yourself out, it doesn't sound like you are following the Great Commandments, TO LOVE THE LORD YOU GOD WITH ALL OF YOU, HEART MIND SOUL AND BODY, LOVE THY NEIGHBOR AS THY SELF . WE ARE TO LOVE THOSE THAT ARE ON A DIFFERENT PAGE, AND SHOW THEM THE WAY OF THE CROSS, BY THE SHED BLOOD OF JESUS ,IS THE ONLY WAY TO HEAVEN. THERE IS NO OTHER WAY THAT WE MAYBE SAVED ,NO OTHER NAME ONLY JESUS. With the way you are going looks like you set yourself up as self proclaimed god and are making judgements , but God says Judgement begins in the house of the Lord. Someone is praying for you,that you will be saved from this line of disrespect of those innocents lives,pray they knew the Lord and that you would walk worthy of being a child of God, In word and in deed,so the light of the Gospel will shine in the darkness,Jesus' is the light . you actions don't show that to people.

  7. Bryan Mink says:

    Um isn't one of the ten commandments "thou shalt not kill"??? How did he repent?

  8. Kasey says:

    May you rot in Hell Phelps.

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