Westboro Baptist Embarrassment Dr. Michael L. Ford 4 October 2006 We have had no shortage of groups calling themselves Christian who have been an embarrassment to Christianity in general, but every once in a while we have someone come along who is an embarrassment to Baptists in particular. The Westboro Baptist Church in Topeka, Kansas has worked very hard to be-come one of these. But the last straw was when they set out to picket the funeral services for the little children killed in the recent massacre at the Amish school. This goes beyond the pale of violating good taste or even ethical behavior. It is positively an unchristian act. The Westboro group (I do not want to call them a church and in particular I do not want to refer to them as Baptists) have worked hard seeking notoriety. And, it is not the first time they have afflicted themselves upon grieving people. The disruption of funerals has been a practice of antiwar activists in recent times, and they have mimicked others in their childish attempts to get attention, but this sort of unloving behavior is unbecoming for people who claim the Name of Christ. It has been the kind of thing one group of people they are against, homosexuals, have been willing to do. So when it comes to ethical public behavior, I do not consider them to be any better than the sodomites in that regard. I am a Baptist by persuasion. I am not Amish and do not agree with everything they hold to. But I do have great respect for those quiet and generally God-fearing people. They of all people should be treated with great consideration because of their own standards and conduct. The fact the Westboro group finds this difficult to do says nothing about their cause, but it does say a good deal about them. And what it says is not becoming. It is partly because of the unthinking and misguided conduct of people like this that the way of truth is often evil spoken of. It also lends credence to the propaganda of perverts like homosexuals who wish to misdirect criticisms of people who resist their evil. The Westboro group makes terms like “homophobia” appear legiti-mate, and this should never be allowed to happen. In other words these people do more harm than good even as they embarrass us.
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