Yeah, we’ll get on that right away.

Westboro Baptist Church
(WBC Chronicles – Since 1955)
3701 SW 12th St. Topeka, Kansas 66604 785-273-0325
Religious Opinion and Bible Commentary on Current Events
Open Letter to the Family of
Heath Ledger
Dear friends:
For misguided reasons you are hiding the body of Heath
Ledger, and refusing to divulge the time, date, and place of his
burial in Perth, Australia, so that we at Westboro Baptist
Church cannot attend – in respectful proximity – and conduct a
religious service.
Please reconsider. For the following reasons:
1) Heath would want us to appear – in religious protest and
warning to the living – that they should repent, “lest they also
come into this place of torment.” Lk. 16:28. Like the rich man
in Hell in Luke 16, Heath is pleading even now for somebody on
earth to preach the truth to his family, lest they join him in Hell.
2) H Heath himself could come back to life for a brief period to
speak to his loved ones on earth, he would lift up his voice in a
hideous scream, to wit: “Listen to Phelps! For God’s sake,
Listen to Phelps.”
3) You owe it to the youth of the world, whom Heath misled via
“Brokeback Mountain” into believing it was OK to be gay. I
say, you owe it to the youth ofthe world to use Heath’s funeral
to correct that lie. It’s NOT OK to be gay. It is a great sin
against God. It will destroy the life and damn the soul. All
those whom Heath misled will arrive ultimately in Hell, and
they will curse Heath to his face throughout all eternity.
Please tell us the time, date, and place of Heath’s funeral in
Australia. Thank you.”
“news release” from
Punitive damage award reduced in funeral protest case
Daily Record Legal Affairs Writer
February 4, 2008 6:42 PMA federal judge in Baltimore on Monday reduced the punitive damage amount awarded to the father of a U.S. Marine whose 2006 funeral was picketed by Kansas-based Westboro Baptist Church. Westboro and three of its principal members were ordered to pay $10.9 million to Albert Snyder after a jury in October found Westboro, Pastor Fred W. Phelps Sr., and two of Phelps’ daughters liable to Snyder for holding signs that said “Semper Fi Fags” and “You’re Going to Hell” at Lance Cpl. Matthew A. Snyder’s funeral. U.S. District Judge Richard Bennett upheld the October verdict and the $2.9 million compensatory damage award, but reduced the punitive damage award from $8 million to $2.1 million. “I say this is a win for us 99.9 percent,” said Snyder’s attorney, Sean E. Summers of Barley, Snyder LLC. While the defendants asked the judge to reverse all of his prior decisions, Bennett only reduced the punitive damage award, said Summers. “I think he was basically saying the U.S. Constitution requires him to do it,” he said. Matthew Snyder, 20, was killed when the vehicle whose gun he was manning flipped over near Iraq’s border with Syria in March 2006, Albert Snyder testified at trial. The following week, the defendants and four of Shirley L. Phelps-Roper’s children traveled from their Topeka compound to Westminster, where the funeral was held at St. John’s Catholic Church. At trial, Phelps-Roper and Rebekah A. Phelps-Davis, both attorneys representing themselves, argued their actions were inspired by God and that it was their First Amendment right to speak on a public street. Albert Snyder contended the defendants’ actions interfered with his grieving process and exacerbated his depression and diabetes. He sued in June 2006. Westboro’s appeal of the verdict is still pending. “Nothing will be fully just until the entire verdict and judgment are reversed,” said defense attorney Jonathan L. Katz of Marks & Katz LLC. “[B]ut until then, every dollar that the verdict is reduced is more justice that we had before.”
If I speak in the tongues of mortals and of angels, but do not have love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. If I give away all my possessions, and if I hand over my body so that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing.
Love is patient; love is kind; love is not envious or boastful or arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice in wrongdoing, but rejoices in the truth. It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
Love never ends. But as for prophecies, they will come to an end; as for tongues, they will cease; as for knowledge, it will come to an end. For we know only in part, and we prophesy only in part; but when the complete comes, the partial will come to an end. When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child; when I became an adult, I put an end to childish ways. For now we see in mirror, dimly, but then we will see face to face. Now I know onlyin part; then I will know fully, even as I have been fully known. And now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; and the greatest of these is love.

1 Cor. 13 (Good News release)



9 thoughts on “Yeah, we’ll get on that right away.

  1. Amen! For some weird reason, Heath Ledger’s death hit me pretty hard. I’ve been a fan since I saw him in “A Knight’s Tale”. It’s absolutely TRAGIC that someone with so much to offer died so young (of course I feel this way about all the young men & women getting killed and maimed for our national security too). It’s doubly tragic that by accepting an acting challenge worthy of his talent, his death is being used to promote hatred. I feel bad for his child, who lost her dad, the little girl’s mom, and mostly his parents…and now all this. Such a shame.

  2. I’ve not been a fan of that Kansas church and you have just reinforced my thoughts about them.

    It’s just such a waste of their potential to spend it spewing such garbage.

    I wish peace to those who grieve.

  3. Man alive, does that Fred Phelps never stop?!? Sheesh. I wonder if he would actually have gone to Australia?! There was a big stink up here a few years back when he announced intention to picket the “godless” Supreme Court who had ruled in favour of changing the marriage law to allow gay people to marry – he then started a rumour that Canada Customs had written him saying he couldn’t enter (which was false but for a while got air time here…). He and his merry band did end up coming to Ottawa – all 11 of them. sigh.

  4. Kristina, one of my all-time favorite scenes in a movie (and actually is true) occurred in Laramie, about Matthew Shepard. Apparently Fred Faithless and his minions tried to picket the funeral, but they were surrounded by people silently protesting in 8-foot-tall angel costumes. It is very moving to see the grief-strick silence of the angels standing in contrast and as witness to his raging screaming bigotry.
    Ironically, he advances the cause he so hates by doing what he does.

  5. I have never met a gay person (and I have known several throughout my life) who has said that being gay was a lifestyle choice. If being gay is part of who you are physiologically (which I believe), how can it be a sin? What are these people afraid of?
    The good news is that religious zealots get alot of air play, but they are relatively small in number. They do not represent main stream America. At least, I hope not!

  6. Hi Gail – considering that most families have at least one (or more)members that are gay, it’s unlikely that this kind of rage/hatred is representative of anything but a small core of weirdos. However, that’s how Hitler started, isn’t it? So we cannot just laugh it off.
    My theory, ole Fred has had some experience of himself as attracted to someone of the same sex and it scared him. Rather than realize that it is probably some part of the spectrum of sexuality and shrug it off, he freaked. Or something. Who knows? I cannot simply his life any more than I can simplify mine. I do know that people have started suing him and his organization – in particular a Maryland man whose son’s funeral was picketed by his church (they also hate soldiers who die in Iraq apparently). The family won at trial, but it remains to be seen what happens on appeal. I think that’s a great way to fight people like Phelps who could grow given the right/wrong climate. Hit ’em in the purse. Counter act with your own, better protest as they did in Laramie. But see him for the real danger he and his ilk are.

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