Sunday, September 13, 2015

Former Westboro Baptist Church member says their hateful views came from misinterpreting Bible verses

The Raw Story has this about Megan Phelps-Roper who left the Westboro Baptist Church because of their hateful and offensive activities and protests. There is also a podcast to listen to. The podcast is quite lengthy but is quite fascinating. Here is an excerpt from the article:
     “My family didn’t come to the table with hatred for LGBT people and then look to the Bible to justify their hatred, which is a common charge. They read, ‘If a man also lie with mankind as he lie with a woman, both of them having committed abomination, they will surely be put to death, their blood shall be upon them,’ and walked away from that with – not just that verse, but lots of others ones – they walked away from that with ‘God hates f*gs’ and supporting the death penalty for gays.”
     “To categorically deny a connection between those words from Leviticus and our beliefs, to say that we read into the text what we wanted to see, is I think to be blind to the nearly all encompassing power of that sort of blinding faith,” she added.
     Phelps-Roper said a Jewish man on Twitter was the first person to plant the seed of doubt in her mind, after pointing out that a member of the church had had a child out of wedlock.
     He said having a child out of wedlock was also a sin worthy of death, she recalled.
 [emphasis added] “If she had been killed – if you kill someone as soon as they sin, you completely cut off the opportunity to repeat and be forgiven, which is a major foundation of Christian theology. This is what we were preaching, repent or perish.”
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