May 1, 2013; Oklahoma City, OK, USA; Chris Castleberry of Oklahoma City holds a sign to protest members of the Westboro Baptist Church who were also protesting before action between the Houston Rockets and the Oklahoma City Thunder in game five of the first round of the 2013 NBA Playoffs at Chesapeake Energy Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark D. Smith-USA TODAY Sports

Westboro Baptist Church to Protest The University of Alabama

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The Westboro Baptist Church has announced plans to picket at the University of Alabama later this month. As you might have noticed in my bio, one of my favorite topics is theology. Today, I think it is important to mention a few things about this small cult from Kansas.

Sadly, someone in the media will refer to the Westboro gang as a Christian group. Their “church” is not affiliated with any recognized Baptist organization, nor are their actions particularly Christian. The only thing worse than their message is the number of people who might never hear the actual gospel because of them.

The group is led by Fred Phelps, a former trial lawyer, who has run for statewide and local office as a democrat in Kansas several times. The congregation of his church is comprised of a few family members and friends estimated to be between 40 to 60 members. According to testimony offered by family members (his children) who have left the organization, Phelps’ religious beliefs are almost non-existent.

The group is known for announcing a protest and failing to show up. If, however, they do arrive at The Capstone later this month, I encourage people to avoid conflict. They thrive on hate, anger and conflict. Do not feed them.

“Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves” Philippians 2:3

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