Jacob Phelps, a member of the Westboro Baptist Church, was appointed as the first member of the WBC to become a chaplain for the Army. In a report dated Jan. 4, his appointment was made after several months of private negotiations. It wasn't until the end of that report it was revealed that it never happened. Jacob Phelps is not an Army chaplain.
The Duffel Blog reported this joke as straight, serious news on Jan. 4. Readers didn't know until the end of the report that it was a joke. Jacob Phelps is not an Army chaplain and there wasn't any closed-door negotiations to get him approved as an Army chaplain.
“When I read this, I was really upset and mad,” Mandy Robinson, an Army wife from Enid, said. “Then I realized it was a joke. I'm so glad that a decision like this was not real.”
“Maybe the reason [the Army are] such baby-killing scum is they haven't been exposed to the good word of the Church and the love it preaches,” was one of the alleged quotes from Jacob Phelps.
“A lot of soldiers have questions,” the alleged quote continues. “Those questions have an answer: because God hates you.”
Although those quotes are fictional, it is certainly nothing that the Westboro Baptist Church hasn't said in the past. They picket funerals carrying signs that are much worse than what was in the alleged quotes.
Due to the fact that the Westboro Baptist Church carry signs that state “God hates you” and “Thank God for dead babies” as they picket funerals, a petition has been created to have the Westboro Baptist Church declared a hate group. It is currently the most popular and the most signed petition on We the People.
Because of the actions of the Westboro Baptist Church, it is highly unlikely the Army would ever approve a member to serve as a chaplain. The Westboro Baptist Church has made it clear it doesn't support American troops from any of the branches of the military. If the Westboro Baptist Church did have a member serve as a chaplain many military members would consider it to be a slap in the face to them, their service and their sacrifices.