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What is WRONG with these people?!

Religion doesn't necessarily make people do bad things, and not all bad people are religious, but here's a clear instance of how religion can make presumably good people do awful things: Westboro Baptist Church praises AZ killer as messenger from God; plans to picket funeral of 9-yr-old & other victims.
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Asked by MamaK88 at 12:24 PM on Jan. 10, 2011 in Religion & Beliefs

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  • but here's a clear instance of how religion can make presumably good people do awful things

    IMO its evil people using god as an "cover" to be well evil.

    Answer by Charis76 at 12:29 PM on Jan. 10, 2011

  • i dont think Phelps or his DD really believe any of this stuff..i think they are getting the lawyer jollies off of everyone's anger. Phelps use to be a civil rights lawyer so i doubt he just went from helping others to be an ass. maybe he realized he could make more money if he abused the system and claimed "freedom of speech" and sued others. his "followers" however...they are the ones who really think they are doing right by their "religion".

    i just wish someone would figure out a legal way to get rid of this "church".

    Answer by okmanders at 12:37 PM on Jan. 10, 2011

  • That sickens me. It's not religion that is making these people behave this way though, it's their interpretation of religion. IMO, they are a cult. A disgusting cult.

    Answer by Scuba at 12:28 PM on Jan. 10, 2011

  • Part of me believes that they only do it for attention, and to make money. They're a family of lawyers, and just love it when their "rights" are suppressed, or when someone lashes out at them. They're hateful and vile and don't represent my faith or the message I believe Jesus intended for us to understand.

    Answer by bandgeek521 at 12:30 PM on Jan. 10, 2011

  • I don't think this has a lot to do with religion- he just uses Freedom of Religion as his excuse- what a shame.

    Answer by soyousay at 1:08 PM on Jan. 10, 2011

  • From what I have seen - they are not Baptists, or even Christians for that matter. Fortunately for them, it won't be me sitting in judgement on them. What disheartens me most is that this is the vision of "Christianity" that they are showing the world, making them think that this is how Christians are.

    Answer by missanc at 1:20 PM on Jan. 10, 2011

  • i just wish someone would figure out a legal way to get rid of this "church".


    They are so awful. The only thing that has seemed to help at all are when local people go down and 'counter protest', in other words when supporting people coming down to the funeral (or event) to the block families from seeing the WBC people with positive signs and words. It steals the WBC's thunder, and they usually get discouraged and leave. It's a peaceful and positive method of trying to stop all this hate. I hope some of the local people in Arizona think to organize something like that for these families. No one should have to deal with a hate group like that while dealing with such a tragic loss.

    Answer by pam19 at 1:28 PM on Jan. 10, 2011

  • that is disgusting and evil.

    Answer by kerp1960 at 12:26 PM on Jan. 10, 2011

  • They are demented fools, not extremists. Even extremists have principles...these jokers do not.

    Answer by Amaranth361 at 12:44 PM on Jan. 10, 2011

  • There really isn't anything "wrong" with them.

    They love attention...........and people give it to them in spades.

    They make money off of these protest as well. Not due to their actions, but due to the actions of others responding to them and their protest.

    These are the bottom line reasons behind why these people do what they do.. Sad to say, it works for them..over and over again. Phelps and his family (which pretty much the entire congregation is his family) have figured out how to gain fame, get attention, and make money all by using the name of "religion".. And people just keep feeding the little beast they created, which keeps paying off for them.

    Answer by pixie_trix at 5:21 PM on Jan. 10, 2011