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Daily Beast: "Fred Phelps May Be Dead, but His Fundamentalist God Lives"
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| Trey Sanchez
Posted on 03/24/2014 3:02:47 AM PDT by markomalley
In a piece for The Daily Beast, columnist Matthew Paul Turner thinks the God of Westboro Baptist Church and its recently-deceased leader Fred Phelps is no different than the God of conservative evangelicals. His piece asks, "Are the tenets of their theologies really that different from what Phelps believed?"
Claiming that the "lines of fundamentalism are blurrier" than ever, Turner believes that unlike the boisterous charade of biblical twisting that Phelps peddled, most conservative evangelicals are hiding their fundamentalism like wolves in sheep's clothing. Turner said that Phelps was much easier to spot because of his constant gushing of "hate-filled religious jargon" as opposed to others, whose "fundamentalism masquerades under wide smiles, hipster garb, flowery poetic language, and synth-pop beats."
Turner calls Phelps a "jackass" but said that he did have one "redeeming quality" -- this:
[T]hat he was always upfront about his beliefs, intentionally wearing his fundamentalism proudlylike a badge of honorand without a filter.
Throughout the piece, Turner tries to equate the beliefs of the Phelps clan with the majority stance on Christianity, saying the core beliefs of hell and judgment are still there, but that other evangelicals are just "nicer about it."
Turner believes that even though Phelps is dead, the angry, fundamentalist God he worshipped is very much alive and active in Christians' political lives:
Most of todays conservative evangelicals dont seem all that angry; they dont spend much time boasting about things like hell or promoting their assumptions about Americas coming doom or theologizing their cases against homosexuality, and they rarely carry their doctrines around on signs. But when push comes to shove or a vote comes to the ballot booth, is their God all that different from Freds God?
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Yes, Fred Phelps, a lifelong, fundamentalist Democrat, is dead...sadly fundamentalist socialism and the god of socialism still exists.
How much money did evangelical churches raise for Al Gore compared to the Phelps clan?
posted on 03/24/2014 3:06:20 AM PDT
(When I first read it, " Atlas Shrugged" was fiction)
Next will Matt write about fundamentalist Allah?
posted on 03/24/2014 3:38:57 AM PDT
(Age takes a toll: Please have exact change)
I agree that hates lives on, including in Mr. Turner’s column.
posted on 03/24/2014 3:41:42 AM PDT
(The Chicago Way: Kill the Constitution, one step at a time.)
Uh... Seems to me that to call Phelps a fundamentalist is in error. After all, in my experience, the more fundamental a Christian becomes, the more Amish-like they are.
Nope... I prefer calling him a charlatan.
But when push comes to shove or a vote comes to the ballot booth, is their God all that different from Freds God?
I hate to tell em this but God is God. There is no their God or my God. God is god of all regardless of how one worships, who they worship, or even if they don't believe at all.
posted on 03/24/2014 4:23:12 AM PDT
(REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
Agreed. What anyone believes or doesn’t believe does not change who God is.
A man can no more diminish God's glory by refusing to worship Him than a lunatic can put out the sun by scribbling the word 'darkness' on the walls of his cell.
posted on 03/24/2014 4:35:27 AM PDT
(REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
Do these pathetic bloggers think they will change the mind of the God who created the universe by their morally blind complaints? He does not govern the universe by polling what sinners think of Him.
posted on 03/24/2014 5:08:10 AM PDT
The Phelps clan has done more to damage the cause of Christianity than an army of atheists cold have.
posted on 03/24/2014 5:15:42 AM PDT
by Straight Vermonter
(Posting from deep behind the Maple Curtain)
"fundamentalism masquerades under wide smiles, hipster garb, flowery poetic language, and synth-pop beats."
The same could be said of Progressive fundamentalism which masquerades under the pretense of education, compassion, and inclusion. And make no mistake, liberals have their own hipster garb, flowery poetic language, and synth-pop beats. The liberals have institutions "fundamentalist Christians" do not have and that is the schools, universities, courts and media. And most of these are state mandated and covered under the law.
posted on 03/24/2014 5:22:44 AM PDT
(forWARD of the state)
Fred Phelps never supported a Republican or conservative in his life. He was a Democrat who visibily supported high-ranking Democrats for most of his life until they were embarassed to be seen with him starting about 15 to 20 years ago. He was a “Christian” cultist more akin to Jim Jones than anyone else. And yet the Left tries and tries and tries to make him a Republican or conservative poster child.
posted on 03/24/2014 6:01:32 AM PDT
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