MSNBC reports on a lawsuit from the father of a fallen marine against Rev. Fred Phelps and his "God hates fags" Westboro Baptist Church. Read the whole story, the disturbing part is at the bottom.
Remember folks, if you're Christian, Phelps and his followers are reading from the same Bible as you, whether you're a hippie love child or a conservative Catholic. They obviously get something much different out of than anyone else does.
Remember, Phelps' church is called Westboro Baptist Church, not Extremist Homophobic Hate Crime Church, or Radically Fundamentalist Violence Breeding Church. It's a normal Baptist church like any other - the next Fred Phelps could be sitting next to you in your First Baptist Church of Hometown, singing the same hymns you are, reading the same Bible you are, but getting a completely different picture than you. And there's nothing you can do to stop him within that narrow framework. And it really doesn't matter if we're talking flavors of Christianity with the Bible, or flavors of Islam with the Koran - the moderate stance taken by the majority of believers forms a breeding ground for the extremists like Phelps and bin Laden (and yes, they're the same breed of sub-human).
And this is a BIG part of why I'm an atheist.