Westboro Baptist Church Challenged By 9-Year-Old Boy!
The Westboro Baptist Church Is Made Up Primarily of One Family
The Westboro Baptist Church of Topeka Kansas is known worldwide for its extreme stance on homosexuality. Extreme, not because the members and Pastor Fred Phelps disagree with the homosexual lifestyle, but because of the way the church goes about letting their opinions be known.
Westboro Baptist Church protest activities against homosexuality include disrupting American servicemen’s funerals by picketing them during services, holding blatant hateful signs and shouting “Thank God for Dead Soldiers!” and “God Hates Fags.” These were the epithets shouted at the funeral of Matthew Snyder in Westminster Maryland. Snyder was a U.S. Marine who was killed in Iraq. These epithets were shouted all through the funeral service, not allowing Snyder’s family to say good-bye and grieve for their loved one in peace.
In June 2007, Shirley Phelps-Roper, a Westboro Baptist Church member and sister to Pastor Fred Phelps, was arrested for contributing to the delinquency of a child, because she allowed her then 8-year old son to step on the American flag during a church demonstration. The arrest and charges took place in the state of Nebraska, a state where desecrating the American flag is against the law. There is some controversy regarding that law, some believing it is unconstitutional. In fact, the Supreme Court ruled that desecration of the U.S. flag could not be made illegal because it is a form of free speech (1989).
In an interview by Sean Hannity for Fox News, Shirley Phelps-Roper stated that the church membership was 80% family members with about 100 members total. According to Hannity, Westboro Baptist Church also protests Jews and Holocaust survivors.
A Courageous 9-Year Old Stands His Ground
Josef Miles, age 9, and his mother Patty Akrouche, were walking around the Washburn University campus in Topeka Kansas where they had just attended a graduation service on the Saturday before Mother’s Day and happened to come upon one of the Westboro Baptist Church protests.
The Augusta Chronicle reports that after observing and listening to the Westboro Baptist Church’s proclamations of “God’s hatred for homosexuals and other assorted groups,” young Josef asked his mother if he could mount a protest of his own.
With his mother’s permission, Josef then penciled a sign of his own on a sketchpad he was carrying. He wrote, “God Hates No One.”
Josef Miles then stood by church protesters with his own sign.
Josef Miles is not the first person to challenge the Wesboro Baptist Church, nor the first to protest that church’s protests, but he may be the youngest to have down so.
A Previous Westboro Baptist Church Threat Quashed
KTSM (television station) in El Paso Texas reported on October 10, 2011 that hundreds of people showed up to protect the privacy of the people attending the funeral of Marine Sgt. Christopher Diaz, who was killed the month before in Afghanistan. When people learned the Westboro Baptist Church planned to show up and disrupt the Sergeant’s funeral, as is their habit, hundreds of people showed up to make sure that did not happen.
The people who showed up to guarantee the privacy of the family and friend’s of Sgt. Diaz as they mourned his loss and said their last good-byes, according to KTSM, included “Hundreds of military members, veterans, Army wives, and Patriot Guard. Riders [who] lined the streets outside of St. Mark's Church and Ft. Bliss National Cemetery.” One person who attended said the number of people in attendance was easily 1000, many holding American flags.
Bikers To The Rescue
Members of the Patriot Guard Riders, a motorcycle club formed in 2005 for the purpose of protecting families of deceased members of the military and others from protest groups like the Westboro Baptist Church, attend funerals when invited to physically shield the deceased family from protesters. Even thought the Club was formed by motorcyclists, anyone is welcome to join them whether they ride or not and regardless of political affiliation.
While there have been rumors that Hell’s Angels have attended these funerals where the Westboro Baptist Church has threatened to protest, in order to assist in protecting the privacy of the deceased families from protesters like the Patriot Guard does, no confirmation of that has surfaced. It remains a rumor.
Patriot Guard Riders Protect the Privacy of Grieving Families
What Has the Westboro Baptist Church Been Doing Lately?
The Westboro Baptist Church does its best to stay in the limelight. Fred Phelps Sr., or one of his representatives (usually his grandson Ben) makes a habit of threatening some unfortunate person or family that they are going to picket a loved one’s funeral or stage a protest somewhere around them.
Most recently Mr. Phelps and his grandson Ben have zeroed in on Taylor Swift. They have decided that she has dated too many young men and is therefore a harlot, in their expert pious opinion.
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