In a ruling handed down today the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the rights of Fred Phelps and his misguided followers to protest at the funerals of our fallen soldiers. Let me be clear: Westboro Baptist does not speak for me. I exercise my First Amendment rights to state that I reject and condemn not only the message being delivered by this group but their appalling methods as well. The actions of this group (I intentionally will not refer to them as a church) cast a judgmental and hateful shadow on all Christians and churches. They behavior is clearly unchristian and without support from the Bible.
Fred Phelps and those with him are wrong for inflicting additional pain on the innocent families of our fallen soldiers in order to get free publicity. Their actions may be protected by the First Amendment but they have no place coming from those who would claim to be christians. I am also disappointed to see that a group of 21 news organizations including Fox News, joined the brief in defense of Westboro.
I apologize to those who have been hurt by their message and their actions and I call on all christian leaders to condemn the actions of Westboro Baptist as unbiblical and unchristian.