Ted Cruz calls for
50 more lunatics
than Westboro Baptist Church!!!
Fred Phelps Religious beliefs
Phelps admires Bob Jones, Sr., and has approvingly quoted a statement by Jones that “what this country needs is 50 Jonathan Edwardses turned loose in it.
Phelps describes himself as an Old School Baptist, and states that he holds to all of the Five Points of Calvinism.Phelps particularly highlights John Calvin‘s doctrine of unconditional election, the belief that God has elected certain people for salvation before birth, and limited atonement, the belief that Christ only died for the elect, and condemns those who believe otherwise. Despite Phelps’ claims of being a Primitive Baptist, he was ordained by a Southern Baptist church and is rejected and generally condemned by Primitive Baptists.
Phelps views Arminianism (particularly the views of the Methodist theologian William Munsey) as a “worseblasphemy and heresy than that heard in all filthy Saturday night fag bars in the aggregate in the world”. In addition to John Calvin, Phelps admires Martin Luther and Bob Jones, Sr., and has approvingly quoted a statement by Jones that “what this country needs is 50 Jonathan Edwardses turned loose in it.” Phelps particularly holds to equal ultimacy, believing that “God Almighty makes some willing and he leads others into sin”, a view he says isCalvinist. However, many theologians would identify him as a Hyper-Calvinist (Hyper meaning “beyond” or “above” not “extreme”).
Phelps is against common Baptist practices like Sunday school meetings, Bible colleges and seminaries, and multi-denominational crusades, although he attended Bob Jones University and worked with Billy Graham in his Los Angeles Crusade before Graham changed his views on a literal Hell and salvation. Phelps considers Graham the greatest false prophet since Balaam, and also condemns large church leaders such as Robert Schuller and Jerry Falwell, in addition to all current Catholics.
During a Heritage Foundation lecture series dedicated to Helms, Cruz shared a story to the crowd of conservatives gathered at the event Wednesday about how as a kid, he took a liking to Helm’s outspoken candor and made his first political donation to the North Carolina senator.
Cruz is right about Helms’ habit of making blunt statements. Helms was described as “last prominent unabashed white racist politician in this country” when he passed away in 2008, and was also known as as homophobic too—labels that today’s Republican Party is desperate to shake.
Ted is witty, intelligent funny, one of the best speakers the baggers have, it’s not the messenger, it’s the message, it’s Ku Klux Kracker, it’s not Jesus this or Jesus that when you have direct links to the Ku Klux Klan, Ronald Reagan was nice to you, we aren’t Ronald Reagan, being nice to you was his job. You need to pull your heads out of your Ku Klux Kracker asses and realize that Kracker don’t fly outside of Gerrymandered Kracker districts.
In his early career he was known to rail against both Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and “negro hoodlums,” but his racially charged tendencies extended long past the height of the Jim Crow era in the South.
He filibustered the 1983 bill to see Dr. King’s birthday turned into a national holiday. While seeking reelection in 1990 he ran what’s known as the “Hands” ad, in which railed against the unfairness of “racial quotas” while his challenger, Harvey Gantt, was running a campaign to become the nation’s only black senator. Just a few years later when Carol Moseley Braun joined the Senate, she found herself in a Capitol elevator with Helms and Utah Sen. Orrin Hatch, prompting Helms to turn to Hatch and say, “Watch me make her cry. I’m going to make her cry. I’m going to sing ‘Dixie’ until she cries.”
Of course NYT isn’t reporting on Obama administration harassment of True the Vote founder Catherine Engelbrecht
Who really said “When fascism comes to America, it will come wrapped in the flag and waving a cross”?
A number of prominent members[dubious – discuss] of the Christian right, including Jerry Falwell and Rousas John Rushdoony, have in the past supported segregation, with Falwell arguing in a 1958 sermon that integration will lead to the destruction of the white race.
In Thy Kingdom Come, Randall Balmer recounts comments that Paul M. Weyrich, who he describes as “one of the architects of the Religious Right in the late 1970s”, made at a conference, sponsored by a Religious Right organization, that they both attended in Washington in 1990:
In the course of one of the sessions, Weyrich tried to make a point to his Religious Right brethren (no women attended the conference, as I recall). Let’s remember, he said animatedly, that the Religious Right did not come together in response to the Roe decision. No, Weyrich insisted, what got us going as a political movement was the attempt on the part of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to rescind the tax-exempt status of Bob Jones University because of its racially discriminatory policies.—Paul M. Weyrich
I read your article on the GOP candidates visiting Bob Jones University with great interest, as I live in Greenville, South Carolina (current home of Bob Jones University.) This article provided a great deal of information to those ignorant of what Bob Jones stands for, but not enough. I have included some more information below:
In regards to Bob Jones University’s involvement in politics, it is interesting to note that several current members of the US Congress are BJU alumni (including Asa Hutchinson, one of the prosecutors in the impeachment of President Clinton) as well as the Speaker of the SC State House (David Wilkins) and the Speaker Pro Temp of the SC State House (Terry Haskins).
Further, Bob Jones University also dominates the politics of the local community. In 1996, the Greenville County Council passed a resolution condemning the “Homosexual Lifestyle.” Later that year, there was a Gay Pride March through downtown Greenville that involved over 1,500 people. Bob Jones University’s response? BJU students passed out brochures throughout the county inviting people to an Anti-Gay rally at the local stadium. This distribution of material was called, appropriately, “Operation Saturation.”
Recently, Bob Jones University has opposed the opening of the new downtown arena and was one of the leading groups in attacking arena leadership for scheduling “controversial” acts. Also, Bob Jones University was one of the leading forces behind the county’s recent vote to uphold the current laws prohibiting alcohol sales on Sunday.
Bob Jones University’s racism has not been only in admissions. In 1968, when Martin Luther King was assassinated, and President Lyndon Johnson ordered flags to be flown at half-staff, Bob Jones University refused, calling King “A traitor to the Gospel of Christ.” When this was announced at an evening chapel, many students applauded. (Bob Jones also awarded an honorary doctorate to Reverend Billy James Hargis, most widely known for his statement “God ordained Segregation.”)
King was not the only Christian leader they denounced. Bob Jones University withdrew from Youth for Christ, the National association of Evangelicals and the National Association of Religious Broadcasters, due to their perceived “Liberalism.” (This, it should be noted, refers not to Political Liberalism but Theological Liberalism, which is an entirely different thing from Political Liberalism.)
Bob Jones University also denounced Billy Graham for the same reasons. This was despite Graham’s and many of his associates’ graduation from Bob Jones University.
Bob Jones University is quite anti-Catholic. When Pope John Paul II visited Columbia, South Carolina, the late Bob Jones Jr. said that he would “sooner speak with the Devil himself” than speak with the Pope.
A frequent speaker at Bob Jones is Reverend Ian Paisley, who is also head of the Ulster Democratic Unionist Party in the UK. He was the most prominent opponent of the Good Friday Accord prior to its passage. He also had to be temporarily removed from the European Parliament chambers after he held up a sign “John Paul II = Antichrist” while the Pope was making a speech.
I hope this information can be of some use to you,
11 February 2000