Is he disappointed to find out that God doesn’t hate fags??
This is a serious question because it gets to the true heart of Phelps and his teaching. I’ve heard members of Phelps’ church say that their particular form of hate speech is actually loving because they are telling people the truth. Interesting because to the rest of us it just comes across as hate speech. Signs that say, ‘God hates fags’ are pretty easy to interpret.
But lets give them the benefit of the doubt just one more time and pretend that they really are being loving by telling the ‘truth’. What happens if in the end, standing before God they discover that they were wrong? What if God doesn’t hate fags – or anyone at all? In that moment how would they feel? It would be perfectly understandable for Mr. Phelps to be upset with himself for being so wrong and for so wrongly representing his God. However, if Fred is more than just upset with himself, if he is upset with God for not hating homosexuals –then we have a problem.
That would tell us that this anti-gay speech isn’t about God or God’s opinions but rather about the hatred of Mr. Phelps. If Fred really didn’t hate homosexuals then found out they aren’t going to be damned to hell but rather will be welcomed into heaven and likely placed in charge of all decorating and party planning, he should be thrilled! What a great thing to be wrong about! But if that news makes Fred upset if he is angered that God doesn’t hate them the way he has been claiming he hates them then all this anti-gay speech isn’t about God and has never been about God’s hatred of homosexuals. It is what it has always been about: Mr. Phelps’ hatred of homosexuals.
I guess we won’t know for sure about all this until we pass on from this life. But what the fundy should seriously question is if ‘God hates fags’ really represent the feelings of God? Or is it simply justifying one’s own hatred by claiming it is the feelings of God?