Rev. Austin Miles, a chaplain in Northern California is a writer and historian. He is the author of Santa's Surprising Origins, a story that received worldwide circulation and resulted in him being cast in the 2004 Hallmark Christmas Movie titled, Single Santa Seeks Mrs. Claus. He played the mall Santa who magically received the gift of sign language.

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Friday, January 14, 2011

Religion • Pastor Blasts Phelps Family “Church”

The funerals have begun in Tucson, including that of a 9 year old girl, Christina Taylor Green. Ironically, this little innocent third grader was born on a day of violence, September 11, 2001, and she died on a day of violence, Saturday, January 8, 2011.  Intruding into the violent tragedy in Arizona that has grieved America, Fred Phelps and his Kansas family planned to come and picket the funeral of the little girl this morning. I saw his raving video where he yells, “God Bless that shooter!  God sent that shooter.”  This is a display of criminal insanity, not Christianity.

The enemies of God happily declare that this is an example of Christianity and that his ‘church’, Westboro Baptist Church is a ‘fundamentalist’ church. Phelps is not a Christian nor his family. He does NOT represent God in any way, nor does he represent pastors, Christians or the church.

His “church” is not a church. Only family members gather in a space, Still, it has worked out for them to be called a ‘church’ with tax exemption. To my knowlege no member of the public attends. The name Baptist is used fraudulently. They are in no way affiliated with the Baptist union. As for as being fundamentalists, that would apply to religion and they are not a legitimate religion.

It is strongly believed that the Phelps family was invented by an anti-Christian activist who pays them handsomely for every negative stain on Christianity that is published in the media that they can generate. That of course explains where the money comes from for that entire family to fly all over the U.S.and pay hotel, food and ground transportation expenses to picket funerals, especially funerals of veterans. The use of the Phelps family is to create enough hostility to Christianity to eventually have it outlawed. An example of this is a reader responding to a CNN story about this Kansas group who wrote: “This shows that we must no longer allow the church to push us around anymore..” Again, this misguided group is NOT a legitimate church.

Wisely, Arizona legislators approved emergency legislation Tuesday to head off the Phelps family from picketing the funerals. It was a unanimous vote which was then signed by Governor Jan Brewer.  The Phelps Family retreated and called off their disruptions when a huge group of people volunteered to guard against them from coming near the funerals of the families involved. These cruel misfits belong in a padded cell, not running loose and causing even more pain in the face of tragedy. Freedom of Speech does not apply here.

Rev. Austin Miles, a pastor-chaplain in an Northern California is an award winning writer whose commentaries, stories and book reviews are published world wide. He was a writer-technical consultant with the multi-award winning series, Ancient Secrets of The Bible that debuted on CBS TV and has been in constant re-runs since.

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