The last time I saw Fred Phelps was last year when I attended services a few times at the Westboro Baptist Church in Topeka. No, I am not a religious bigot in search of like-minded souls. I went for research.
I do not respect Fred Phelps, nor do I forgive the pain he inflicted, but I value him. I value what he contributed to the struggle for LGBT equality. I am grateful that because of his presence, millions woke up to understand homophobia better and to confront it.
It would certainly be understandable if there were members of the LGBT community, as well as so many others, who felt inclined to picket the funeral of Fred Phelps. It is my hope, however, that no one will descend to the level of hatred and pettiness that seemed to fuel the last decades of his life.
I have apparently become a favorite for the Twitter feed of the Westboro Baptist Church, having been tweeted and retweeted about dozens of times.
I'm all for loving my neighbor, as long as they are good, churchgoing folk, but this whole love-and-forgiveness-for-everyone thing is crazy. Luckily there are a lot of Christian leaders and organizations that can steer you around this nonsense.
Marine Lance Cpl. Matthew A. Snyder was just 20 years old when he died in a one-vehicle Humvee accident in Iraq on March 3, 2006, just five weeks after his deployment. A half-dozen Westboro members picketed Matthew Snyder's funeral at a Roman Catholic Church in Maryland one week later.
While I love homophobes like Westboro Baptist Church for making my job easy, our real work is uncovering the wicked truth hiding beneath those who claim they love us while they bludgeon us with their Bibles.
I woke up on Saturday morning noticing the Wesboro Baptist Church, a hate group known for its slogan "Gods Hate Fags" (and everything else), blaming the helicopter crash into a busy pub in Glasgow on Scotland's vote in favor of marriage equality.
Here are a few final thoughts I have on why nobody wants to go to Church anymore and what the Church and leaders must do to reverse the decline and maybe even reclaim some of the 35 million Americans who have departed.
I know that boys like the young man who closed his eyes for the last time on that desolate fence and the boy whom my mother worried for years ago will be fine because of mothers like Judy Shepard and mine. Here are my mom's thoughts on her own gay son.
A message to all the dinosaurs out there, including Bryan Fischer, John Kasich, Mike DeWine, Vladimir Putin, the Westboro Baptist Church, One Million ...
The group wants to hire you, that is, to photograph their efforts to protest the commemoration of a person's death. What are you going to do? Well, whatever you decide, your decision will be complicated by one fact.
Rush Limbaugh has sunk to new lows. I usually dismiss his incendiary comments, but I can't ignore them when he takes on two things that matter deeply to me: Christianity and climate change.
The Westboro Baptist Church has made it embarrassing to be homophobic. And for that I thank them.
Pittsburgh-based comedian Davon Magwood has caught the attention of the Westboro Baptist Church. Magwood, a straight ally of the LGBTQ community, loathes the WBC, so when an opportunity to poke fun at them arose, he didn't miss a beat.
The worst representatives of Christianity should not be taken as representative of Christianity. It's just plain not fair. And people should understand Jesus and his teachings, not some extreme and self-righteous caricature of Christianity.