Presidential candidate Sarah Palin recently voiced disappointment on the Supreme Court ruling regarding the right of Westboro Baptist Church to protest at military funerals. The full text of her tweet reads:
Common sense & decency absent as wacko “church” allowed hate msgs spewed@ soldiers’ funerals but we can’t invoke God’s name in public square
It is shocking, to say the least, that candidate Palin has crossed the line to defend homosexuals by referring to the fine congregation of Westboro Baptist Church as “wacko hate mongers.”
The members of Westboro Baptist Church have been engaged in missionary outreach work at funerals of fallen U.S. soldiers. They have followed the scriptural prerogative best expressed in:
And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. (Mark 16:15)
The controversy that ultimately brought the church members to the Supreme Court marble lined chamber lies in the fact their protest signs often carry truisms such as “God hates fags” or introspective calls for prayer such as “Thank God for dead soldiers.”
Controversial as these statements may seem, they have to be examined in the light of scriptural analysis and not through the twisting logic deployed by the liberal media. Strict scriptural adherence is exactly what the Supreme Court Justices have done in their majority opinion awarding the 1st Amendment freedom of speech protection to Westboro Baptist Church.
The intention of pastor Fred Phelps of Westboro Baptist Church is not to dishonor soldiers who gave their lives defending our Christian principles by spreading democracy in Afghanistan and Iraq. His intention is to point out that God is irate that homosexuals can now serve in the military and He is letting our soldiers die so we may realize what Obama is doing to the United States of America.
Sarah Palin has a problem with this. She is calling the pastor Phelps’ strategy a “hate message.” Does she not believe that homosexuals are at the core of all ills that plague our society? Does she not believe that fallen U.S. servicemen depart to a better place so they may spend the whole eternity with our Heavenly Father?
But the most troubling statement in candidate Palin’s tweet is that we mustn’t invoke God’s name in public square. This is a deeply offensive proposition. Is Sarah Palin defending the nonsensical and historically unfounded notion of so-called “separation of church and state” by saying that God’s name is not to be uttered in public? Or perhaps she believes that pastor Phelps’ endeavors are prohibited under the Third Commandment that warns against taking the Lord’s name in vain although “God hates fags” hardly qualifies as taking the Lord’s name in vain.
If candidate Sarah Palin wants to count on continuing support from conservative Christians she needs to come clean and explain her position. We have faith that she will do that on the very pages of Christwire.com before the liberal media will have time to chew and distort her statement.http://hereiblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/09/westboro.jpg