COLORADO SPRINGS – Gay rights supporters from around the country, angry at James Dobson’s stance against homosexuality, are expected to converge Sunday and Monday on his Focus on the Family headquarters.
A second demonstration is also set for Sunday by a handful of extreme anti-gay activists from the Rev. Fred Phelps’ Westboro Baptist Church in Topeka, Kan.
Ironically, both groups will be protesting the stand taken by Dobson and his ministry on homosexuality. The gay rights advocacy group Soulforce accuses Dobson of “spreading lies about same-gender families.”
Phelps’ group says Focus officials are headed to hell because the ministry is soft on homosexuality.
“I think the whole country should be afraid of Dobson, not just gay people. Anyone who’s not a Christian white male should be trembling,” said the Rev. Mel White, founder of Soulforce.
Opposite White’s group will be a handful of demonstrators from Phelps’ Westboro Baptist Church, whose members conduct frequent pickets carrying signs such as “God Hates Fags” and “Thank God for Aids.”
A spokeswoman for the church, Shirley Phelps-Roper, says Dobson’s ministry “does not follow scripture” on homosexuality.
“They (Focus) enable that sin because they have the big lie that God loves everyone,” said Phelps-Roper.
“If that’s true, then Soulforce is correct, and they should be able to live like the devil himself and still go to heaven,” she said. “Soulforce and Dobson are two animals with a slightly different coat. All the parts of those two groups are going straight to hell, and there’s nothing they can do about it.”
Take that, SpongeDobStickyPants – it’s not enough to just sniff the underwear in the drawers of cartoon characters in America. Oh no – if you aren’t a completely crazed and vicious zealot who believes that God hates everyone but you – you ain’t going to heaven. Phelps is going to be there all by his lonesome.
To use a very overworked phrase these days, you couldn’t make this shit up.