Fred Phelps and his gang of crazies were recently chased away from the funeral of a US soldier killed in Iraq. Video here.
Rather than just perfunctorily denounce these lunatics, I suggest you watch this video of Phelps’ wife explaining why they behave the way they do. She’s clearly a bitter woman who can get fired up on rage at the drop of a hat. Something about her ain’t right.
Once you’ve watched the video, note that Mrs. Phelps in every case blames the tragedy of early death, be it for a child killed in an accident or a soldier who laid down his life protecting his family and country in war, Phelps blames the tragedy on the parents. They must have sinned somehow, resulting in the death of their child, according to the Phelps worldview.
Theologically, her stance is entirely unsound and entirely unsupported by scripture. In fact, it’s refuted by the Bible she claims to know so well. The best refutation of her stand is the entire Book of Job, which deals with the very issue of why bad things happen to people who have done no wrong. In the book, Job suffers calamity after calamity including the loss of his children, and Job’s three friends try out variations on the theme that Phelps uses in the second video to explain the tragedies besetting him. God explicitly rejects what Job’s friends, and by principle the Phelps crowd, say on the subject.
I don’t know who these Phelps creeps represent, but it’s not the God of the Bible. Not by a long shot.