Dr. James White of Alpha and Omega Ministries, in his bi-weekly webradio show at minute 43:40, explained an encounter that he had with "Reverend" Phelps (he of "God hates f---s" and funeral-picketing fame, Westboro "Baptist" "Church" in Kansas) in Salt Lake City several years ago. White's habit had been to visit Salt Lake and pass out tracts and evangelise Mormons outside one of their big annual conventions at the huge temple there. But there are also quite a few of the serious hellfire-and-brimstone-to-everyone-who's-not-them screaming, screeching preachers there, and Felps' group for good measure. White noticed him and talked to him for a moment:
...then when I said to him "Don't you believe, though-shouldn't you believe that we are to speak the truth in love?" Which is of course a quotation from the Bible! And as soon as I said that, he started yelling, "You're a God-hater!" It was very clearly a signal to his group, to his cult there...to get between him and a "bad person". The only thing I did was to quote Scripture, and his reaction to Scripture was to start screaming and people got in between me and started screaming me down and, it was classic cultic mentality. You know, Manson-style cultic mentality, to be honest with you. It's pretty amazing.There are those who would identify the Westboro crowd as Christian b/c they call themselves "Baptist" and live in the Midwest and say "Jesus" sometimes. But they are not - they are a cult and they are heretics. Those who would equate them with evangelicals (here I speak as one who dislikes, doesn't really claim, and yet still would form a partial defense of the term) are willfully blind and deserve no hearing.