Fred Phelps, the leader of the Westboro Baptist Church which picket dead soldiers’ funerals with chants of ‘God hates fags’, has said the ordination of openly gay minister Scot Rennie to a Scottish church would be an “abomination”.
Phelps and his daughter Shirley Phelps-Roper were banned from entering the UK this week by home secretary Jacqui Smith for their extremist views.
Phelps weighed in on the row over Rennie’s ordination after a prankster added his name to a petition calling for the Kirk’s decision to be overturned.
Eight thousand people, including a fifth of Church of Scotland ministers, have signed the petition.
Rennie was elected to Queen’s Cross Church in Aberdeen by more than 80 per cent of his congregation but 12 members of the Aberdeen Presbytery complained over his lifestyle as an openly gay man. The Church’s General Assembly will debate the appointment on May 23rd.
Speaking on her behalf of her father, Phelps-Roper said he was relaxed about his name being added to the list as he agreed that Rennie should not be appointed.
“God has set a standard for who can be a preacher in a church of the Lord Jesus Christ and they would be kicked to the kerb if this man, Scott Rennie, is appointed.
“We don’t need a petition to say this is an act of disobedience and rebellion against the standards of God,” she said.
Phelps and his daughter are on a list of 16 individuals banned from entering the country since October due to their extremist views.
Home secretary Jacqui Smith said she had decided to make the list public in order to make clear what behaviour would not be tolerated in the UK.