Posts tagged Fred Phelps
Posts tagged Fred Phelps
"When [people] strongly dislike someone they involuntarily wish he was dead. I have never killed any one, but I have read some obituary notices with great satisfaction."
— Clarence Darrow, “The Story of My Life”
Remember, Fred Phelps was the figurehead for a cartoonish bigotry that is much more insidious and practiced regularly in our halls of governance, educational institutions, and houses of worship. Fred Phelps is gone but Westboro Baptist still exists — in fact, they’ve been going strong without him.
However, their sign-holding existence allows legislators and pastors to point to them and say, “I’m not a bigot, I don’t HATE gay people, I’m not like THEM.”
No, bigotry is bigotry. And Fred Phelps and his merry band of miscreants thrive on it and the civil rights lawsuits they provoke when people assault them or prevent their pickets.
Phelps will not have a funeral to picket. Which is fine — let him be buried in an unmarked grave, mourned by no one and forgotten by history. Or let his ashes be scattered the wind.
Those people suggesting a gay pride parade or picketing Fred Phelps’ allegedly imminent funeral are missing that he and his family are hate-fed attention hounds. Do not feed the beast. Whatever happens, I hope his funeral is not picketed, but ignored. Let him be buried in an unmarked grave in a potter’s field, forgotten by all and mourned by no one.
Toast to the satisfaction of one beast quieted, but remember the most insidious bigotry exists in our halls of governance and many mainstream houses of worship. Phelps was the obvious, cartoonish hate-monger screaming on the corner, but he was also the one to whom the most dangerous bigots could point to and say, “At least I’m not like HIM,” as they legitimize state-sponsored discrimination and attempt to bar equal rights and assistance to LGBTQIA people.
There is nothing that I can say about this that isn’t utterly horrible and tasteless. I’ll bite my tongue overall.
Whatever happens, I hope his funeral is not picketed, but ignored. Let him be buried in an unmarked grave in a potter’s field, forgotten by all and mourned by no one.
Just when you think Westboro Baptist couldn’t sink any lower…
A notoriously anti-gay church is threatening to picket Saturday’s funeral for Charlie and Braden Powell and Occupy Seattle promises a counterprotest. Margie Phelps, daughter of the Topeka, Kan.-based Westboro Baptist Church’s founder, tweeted Wednesday night that the church will attend the boys’ memorial service. The protest is to “remind” Gov. Chris Gregoire “they died because of her rebellion,” a reference to her support of same-sex marriages.
Gregoire is expected to sign into law legislation passed by the Legislature allowing same-sex couples to marry in Washington. The measure - expected to land on her desk early next week - was approved by the state House Wednesday and by the state Senate last week.
Charlie Powell, 7, and Braden Powell, 5, were killed Sunday after their father, Josh Powell, blew up his Graham-area house in a gasoline-fueled inferno when they were dropped off for a supervised visit.
A memorial service for the boy is set for 11 a.m. Saturday at Life Center Church in Tacoma.
Word of Westboro’s plans spread quickly online and Occupy Seattle sounded a call for its members to counter protest the church. The group’s Facebook page said the church “has decided to capitalize on these sad events by bringing their unique brand of hate to Washington.” Occupy Seattle said its members don’t intend to disrupt the funeral, but want to “protect it from Westboro’s abhorrent message.”
Good on Occupy Seattle. Do I really need to say shame on Westboro? Fuck Fred Phelps and his church. By the way, Westboro, God has another commandment for you:
Anonymous says they didn’t send out the release. Lame. But I suppose that’s their right. I’ll leave the previous release below though:
AN OPEN LETTER FROM ANONYMOUS February 16, 2011 TO THE CONGREGANTS OF WESTBORO BAPTIST CHURCH:
We, the collective super-consciousness known as ANONYMOUS - the Voice of Free Speech & the Advocate of the People - have long heard you issue your venomous statements of hatred, and we have witnessed your flagrant and absurd displays of inimitable bigotry and intolerant fanaticism. We have always regarded you and your ilk as an assembly of graceless sociopaths and maniacal chauvinists & religious zealots, however benign, who act out for the sake of attention & in the name of religion.
Being such aggressive proponents for the Freedom of Speech & Freedom of Information as we are, we have hitherto allowed you to continue preaching your benighted gospel of hatred and your theatrical exhibitions of, not only your fascist views, but your utter lack of Christ-like attributes. You have condemned the men and women who serve, fight, and perish in the armed forces of your nation; you have prayed for and celebrated the deaths of young children, who are without fault; you have stood outside the United States National Holocaust Museum, condemning the men, women, and children who, despite their innocence, were annihilated by a tyrannical embodiment of fascism and unsubstantiated repugnance. Rather than allowing the deceased some degree of peace and respect, you instead choose to torment, harass, and assault those who grieve.
Your demonstrations and your unrelenting cascade of disparaging slurs, unfounded judgments, and prejudicial innuendos, which apparently apply to every individual numbered amongst the race of Man - except for yourselves - has frequently crossed the line which separates Freedom of Speech from deliberately utilizing the same tactics and methods of intimidation and mental & emotional abuse that have been previously exploited and employed by tyrants and dictators, fascists and terrorist organizations throughout history.
ANONYMOUS cannot abide this behavior any longer. The time for us to be idle spectators in your inhumane treatment of fellow Man has reached its apex, and we shall now be moved to action. Thus, we give you a warning: Cease & desist your protest campaign in the year 2011, return to your homes in Kansas, & close your public Web sites.
Should you ignore this warning, you will meet with the vicious retaliatory arm of ANONYMOUS: We will target your public Websites, and the propaganda & detestable doctrine that you promote will be eradicated; the damage incurred will be irreversible, and neither your institution nor your congregation will ever be able to fully recover. It is in your best interest to comply now, while the option to do so is still being offered, because we will not relent until you cease the conduction & promotion of all your bigoted operations & doctrines.
The warning has been given. What happens from here shall be determined by you.
WE ARE ANONYMOUS.
WE ARE LEGION.
WE DO NOT FORGIVE.
WE DO NOT FORGET.
Fuck yeah! I wondered when Anonymous was going to go after these assholes.
Oxytocin is often thought of as a “love drug,” and is linked with all kinds of feel-good emotions in people such as trust, empathy and generosity. Increasingly, however, scientists are finding that the hormone has a dark side—and now researchers have discovered it also can promote ethnocentrism, potentially fueling xenophobia, prejudice and violence.
Not a shock… look at people like Fred Phelps, a man who seems to be literally addicted to hate.
The Westboro Baptist Church, a Kansas based church famous for its anti-homosexual protests at funerals, said it plans to protest at the funeral of Elizabeth Edwards on Saturday near the Edenton Street United Methodist Church in Raleigh, North Carolina.
Edwards, 61, died Tuesday from cancer, six years after she was diagnosed, which was the day after the 2004 election when her husband John was a vice presidential candidate.
In a promotional annoucement for its protest, available on their website, the group says that Elizabeth and husband John ‘were visited from the Most High God with the death of their 16-year-old son, [but] they did not humble themselves before His mighty hand…
The Westboro Church members were recently the target of a heavily armed stalker in Wichita Kansas after a protest at local high school, as reported by Digital Journal. Police arrested a decorated Army veteran and double-amputee after he followed members of the controversial Westboro Baptist Church from a demonstration. He was found in a vehicle reportedly stocked with weapons. The recent incident followed another in McAlester, Oklahoma in which the tires were slashed on the vehicles being driven by the church members and parked at protest of a US soldier who died fighting in Afghanistan.
I cannot believe the cruelty it takes to go to someone’s funeral and do this, whether it’s the funeral of a woman who died of cancer, a young soldier killed in combat or anyone else. It’s sick.
Even Jesus has a Facepalm once in awhile.