Editor’s note: On its website, the Westboro Baptist Church of Kansas has listed St. James High School on its picketing schedule for May 21. This controversial organization, which is not affiliated with any known Baptist convention or association, is classified as a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center.
The following transcript is the first part of a phone interview conducted by Shark Attack news editor Paul McKinney with Shirley Phelps-Roper, daughter of Westboro Pastor Fred Phelps. The remaining parts of the interview will be posted in the future.
McKinney: I notice on your website that you’re coming to the Myrtle Beach area.
Phelps-Roper: We are. We are. We are.
McKinney: May 21 you will be at St. James High School, right? That’s what it says.
Phelps-Roper: That’s right.
McKinney: Why are you coming to the Myrtle Beach area?
Phelps-Roper: Well because it’s an area we haven’t gotten to a lot. The destruction of this nation is imminent, so we’ve got to get everywhere we can possibly get. So we’re running.
Phelps-Roper: We haven’t been in that area before, actually standing on your soil, looking you in the eye, right outside the place where they teach you – those high schools where they sit you in the chairs, and they enroll you in rebellion 101.
McKinney: Now how do they enroll us in rebellion 101?
Phelps-Roper: By what they teach you.
McKinney: What is it exactly that they teach us, like evolution?
Phelps-Roper: Hey, hey, hey! Just button up buddy until I finish the answer. Then if you have a follow-up question, ask it, OK? This knee-jerk, barfing out words in the middle of my answer isn’t working for me very well.
McKinney: OK, sorry ma’am.
Phelps-Roper: They teach you rebellion 101 when they sit you there and they tell you, they teach you, that God is a liar, that his commandments are on the table for disposal at your will. God says, “Thou shall not commit adultery, thou shall not kill, no fornication, thou shall not lie with mankind and with womankind, it is abomination.” Then they teach you to the contrary, “Oh no, it’s OK to change …” You see the Lord Jesus Christ says, “If you divorce and remarry, you’re living in adultery.” So you’re sitting there, looking all around you, and 60 percent of this nation … 60 percent is the divorce and remarriage rate in doomed America. So you’re looking around, and you see, that’s called a “policy of adultery.” And furthermore, you’re taught that you can change your spouses and your sex partners more often than you change your socks. And if you produce a baby in the middle of all that mess, and “it’s an inconvenience for you, or if you just don’t feel like taking care of the baby, you feel free to kill it.” That is how they teach you rebellion against the commandments of God. And they have done that against their interest and against your interest, and against their souls and against your souls. Because the commandments of God are, in fact, not on the table for disposal at your will. And furthermore, this is the nation of “it’s OK to be gay. God is a big fat liar. It’s not abomination; it’s just OK.” So we’re here to tell you, in these last hours of the last days of all, that, in fact, God’s commandments are not available for disposal, and that God doesn’t change. And your choice is to obey your God, or prepare for your own personal godsmack.
McKinney: OK, thank you for that answer.
Phelps-Roper: You’re welcome.
McKinney: What groups do you support? Who do you agree with? Are there any groups in America you agree with at all?
Phelps-Roper: I got the question. I got the question.
Phelps-Roper: We are servants of the living God; we believe the words that are written in the book, the book is called the Bible. In this country there are no groups … who would you think that might be? Like oh, perhaps the Catholics? Hey, priests lie on God and therefore God has caused priests to rape children and anyone else they can get their hands on, apparently. If you’ve been looking at all at the national and international hideousy, you know there is a so-called crisis in the Catholic Church. Priests rape children. So we don’t agree with any of these false religious systems – not one.
McKinney: Now pastors don’t rape children? I’ve heard news stories of pastors and other church leaders raping children, not just Catholics.
Phelps-Roper: Not, not the pastor at the Westboro Baptist Church! But as for the rest of these false religious systems, I rest my case. All you did was just help me articulate why, no! We don’t support any of these false religious systems. You’re exactly right! Rabbis rape children. Baptists rape children. The whole stinkin’ world has gone crazy because God hates this generation, and your destruction is imminent.
Phelps-Roper: It’s beautiful.