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Bozoids and Buttwipes
Fred Waldron Phelps, Sr. Religious beliefs
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.[34
Fred Phelps'is a good place to start this essay, he's Fundamentalist and very outspoken in his views and admires Bob Jones Sr. and Johnathan Edwards, two important other figures. Initially, Fred wasn't controversial then and was involved in the Civil Rights movement and not really out there like now. It's interesting also, because Historically he represent the "Abolitionist" extremism in the Union and Kansas. Currently, his antiwar and extreme Homophobia set him way outside a way out field in general, but his Fundamentalism is as sound scriptural y as any other fundamentalist, he's just abusively vocal about it. He also presides as an Elder in an Independent Baptist Church with no authority higher than local Church elders and the Bible, as Bob Jones Sr calls for independent Baptist or Bible Churches (Nondenominational).
Phelps cites Bob Jones Sr's call for 50 Johnathan Edwards as important and it ties into David Barton's attempt to place Johnathan Edward into Texas Schoolbooks. The logic being that once "Divine Punishment" is accepted to the degree that a Fundamentalist understands it, the Nation will act according to the literal word of the Bible. That's why I don't lose any sleep calling these people Boziod Buttwipes, that concept is totally absurd to anyone who doesn't share the literal interpretation of scripture let alone a Jew, Buddhist atheist and so on. It's ludicrous, but as Bryan Fisher says, since we don't believe that we are unfit to govern, that's Dominion ism and extremist but it's mainstream Christian conservative thought.
James Dobson is an idiot for thinking they could get away with this crap considering the close links to Jerry Falwell and Bob Jones Sr to the Dixiecrat elements of the Bible belt sharing many of the sames attitudes and philosophies with the Ku Klux Klan, and ignoring this set the stage for Tea Party extremism and polarization of the most ugly sort. He also has to at some level realize that this is Dominion ist and anti Democratic, but chooses to ignore this for political gain. The sermon of Bob Jones Sr. below shows the basic outlook they will "Reprove, Rebuke and Exhort", but like Jerry Falwell, he's supposed to be aimed solely at his followers, this attitude aimed at the rest of us is ignorant, rude and offensive and both Jones and Falwell made their careers getting in people faces and now the whole Tea Party is a bunch of mule headed, polarizing obnoxious loudmouthed crackers as a direct result of their Fundamentalism.
So add to this doctrinal disaster, the Koch Money, the other "Bible Belt" powerhouse, the John Birch Society (Consider the Tea Party demands to end the shut down, Delay Obamacare and do Fossil fuel promotion and expansion) and you have gridlock with a bunch of religious nuts who think every loss is a personal slap in the face of Jesus and it's a big giant mess, and only the firmest measures from the Media and concerned citizens will keep this menace under control. The tactics of the Tea Party are the tactics of intimidation which is the Ku Klux Klan in 2010. Is this too paranoid, will they run out of steam, we would have thought they'd run out after Dan Quayle and the election of Bill Clinton? No they get worse and worse and worse every year, how long will this go on before they actually create so much chaos that some Savior comes to seize control, that's what happened in Germany and the Ku Klux Klan is the American NSDAP and these people share the Klan world view in many ways, some are identical to them. Wake up America!!!
Ludwig Von Kracker
Main Street USA
Look, since Reagan lets the Kracker (Fundamentalist) Jerry Falwell out of the closet, Christian Conservatives have been getting worse and worse every year. Look back a Dan Quayle, he looks like a puppy compared to crackers like Jeffers and Dobson and Barton and you have Byran Fisher at the end of that sorry spectrum. I like Duck Dynasty, but actually citing Jesus just encourage the kind of Kracker extremism that lets the Ku Klux Klan come re enter politics. You people just can’t accept that the Ku Klux Klan is a Dominion ist Fundamentalist Evangelical/ Charismatic extremist group and that you share the same basic ideology as they do, either that or you are the Ku Klux Klan?
Look, I’ve been watching the “Born Again” Movement for years, it’s just 21st century Tent Show revivalism, it has it’s place, if you like that kind of stuff. When I first went to an AA meeting some “Jesus freak” was pushing Church, it was a year later before I found out AA wasn’t a religious cult. (some may beg to differ, but an ash tray and a coffee cup make fine higher powers) Out of control Jesus freaks make me not go to meetings so I don’t read em the riot act. You need the largest group of addicts possible and you don’t get that saying Jesus nine times in every sentence you could have done that for 2000 years before AA, it does offend non “Fundamentalists”, Atheists Jews Buddhists Hindus and yes Muslims so cool it with the Kracker shit, if your preacher ain’t teaching tact get a different preacher!!
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Race and diversity
The conclusions of a review of 112 studies on Christian faith and ethnic prejudice were summarized by a study in 1980 as being that “white Protestants associated with groups possessing fundamentalist belief systems are generally more prejudiced than members of non-fundamentalist groups, with unchurched whites exhibiting least prejudice.” The original review found that its conclusions held “regardless of when the studies were conducted, from whom the data came, the region where the data were collected, or the type of prejudice studied.” More recently in 2003, eight studies have found a positive correlation between fundamentalism and prejudice, using different measures of fundamentalism.
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.
The Indiana Klan was a branch of the Ku Klux Klan, a secret society in the United States that organized in 1915 to affect public affairs on issues of Prohibition, education, political corruption, and morality. It was most strongly anti-Catholic, but also opposed Jews and blacks. It opposed immigration from southern and eastern Europe, which was sharply reduced by a new law in 1923. In Indiana, the Klan generally did not practice overt violence but used intimidation in certain cases. Nationally it practiced racism and terrorism against minority ethnic and religious groups.
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
Bob Jones University had policies that refused black students enrollment until 1971, and admitted only married blacks from 1971 to 1975. The university continued to forbid interracial dating until 2000. In an interview with The Politico, University of Virginia theologian Charles Marsh, author of Wayward Christian Soldiers and the son of aSouthern Baptist minister, expressed the view that the Christian right and segregationism were closely connected.
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
DOBSON: Yes, the left-wing media is itching for members of the pro- family movement to put up a white flag and declare the culture war over and to just hand the country to them, and so they will take a statement like that, which was made to my staff, it was not — it wasn’t a press release or anything like that, it was made to the staff in reference to the election.
And it is true that many of the battles that we have fought for many years were lost, at least the battles were lost, the war was not lost. And what the media, starting with the Telegraph, a British paper, had taken that and removed the last sentence that you read.
I mean they just flat out edited it, which said, and I think you can quote it better than I because you have it in front of you, but it said, “But we’re not going to give up, we’re not going to stop, we’re going to continue to fight, right?”
And the staff cheered.
Comments on Senator Leahy
…exchange [Nov 7, 2004] between George Stephanopoulos and James Dobson on ABC’s This Week:
GEORGE STEPHANOPOULOS: Dr. Dobson, …in the Daily Oklahoman, [you were] quoted saying, “Patrick Leahy is a God’s people hater. I don’t know if he hates God, but he hates God’s people.” Now, Dr. Dobson, that doesn’t sound like a particularly Christian thing to say. Do you think you owe Senator Leahy an apology?
DR JAMES DOBSON: George, you think you ought to lecture me on what a Christian is all about? You know, I think -I think I’ll stand by the things I have said. Patrick Leahy has been in opposition to most of the things that I believe. He is the one that took the reference to God out of the oath.
GEORGE STEPHANOPOULOS: But Dr. Dobson, excuse me for a second. You use the word hate. You said that he’s a “God’s people hater.” How do you back that up?
DR JAMES DOBSON: Well, there’s been an awful lot of hate expressed in this election. And most of it has been aimed at those who hold to conservative Christian views. He is certainly not the only one to take a position like that. But I think that that is -that’s where he’s coming from. He has certainly opposed most of the things that conservative Christians stand for.
GEORGE STEPHANOPOULOS: So no apology?
DR JAMES DOBSON: No apology.
- Homosexuals are not monogamous. They want to destroy the institution of marriage. It will destroy marriage. It will destroy the Earth.
On gay marriage, from Snyder, Carmel Perez (2004-10-23). “Marriage, family advocate in state to support Coburn“. The Daily Oklahoman