Protesting Fred Phelps -- The Westboro Baptist Church faces protests over its anti-homosexual agenda

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    Mar 31, 2008 2:46 PM GMT
    http://www.cnn.com/video/#/video/us/2008/03/31/ramos.ks.phelps.protest.wibw
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    Mar 31, 2008 3:02 PM GMT
    Sigh... It's like I said, the WBC people should be ignored we've only given them more air time to make their points.

    I like the idea of a gathering to show support for the inclusion of gay people within religious organizations and/or gay rights in general (along the lines of the march on washington, which I took part in) but just do not identify the WBC.

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    Mar 31, 2008 5:38 PM GMT
    I agree the best way to combat these people is to ignore them. When you protest them you give them what they want, free publicity. They want the attention and they want to hated by those they hate. The only time I think they cannot be ignored is when they are picketing the funerals of service men/women or anyone else for that matter. Sadly for them, I think at some point the friends and family of a fallen soldier will take their behavior especially hard and meet their picket signs with swift and blinding violence. I will no doubt giggle a little when that happens and then feel ashamed and deny myself peanut m&ms for week as penance for taking pleasure in their suffering.
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    Apr 01, 2008 12:52 AM GMT
    You guys are probably right, the best protest is to give them no attention, so they efforts at bigotry and hate dies a "NATURAL DEATH". but like RBY71, it would tickle me to death to see in the news where someone punched hell out of one of those bigots mouth !!! I guess I'd have to do without some dark chocolate for my penance. ha !!!
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    Apr 01, 2008 1:13 AM GMT
    Yeah for as tempting as it is to fall for the gimmick I've long since concluded the best defense with all that bucket of pig shit is to ignore it and give it no publicity. It seems thats there real goal. Obviously they do it for shock value. Through it all I'm amazed at the gay community over the years that have been so tolerant. I can remember as a kid thinking Fred and his entire family were running a risk pulling this little game but the devil and his seed are still doing their thing. They thrive on publicity. I've always wondered where they get the funding to travel around and do all this shit.
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    Apr 01, 2008 1:32 AM GMT
    I dunno...I have to say, I think Fred Phelps and his whacko clan have helped us a lot...certainly most of the people who watch his antics can only conclude that the whole family clearly lived in a house with a lot of peeling, lead-based paint.

    And it seems to me that they're so extreme that they've pushed gays and lesbians more into the mainstream. Not that I don't wish a house would fall on all of 'em, but really...protesting at military funerals because the US Gov't promotes homos? I still like the response at Matthew Shepard's funeral best...the line of people who raised their angel's wings to block their hate signs. And I also agree...ignoring them is the best revenge...
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    Apr 01, 2008 1:45 AM GMT
    So if I heard her right, Shirley just said accused people of being Biblically ignorant and then called God the "head discriminator?" What part of "whosoever" does she not understand? She is just deeply stupid.
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    Apr 01, 2008 1:47 AM GMT
    Isttennis77 -- I understand that they are paid to do this each time, I don't remember what group of if it was an individual, but they are supposedly funded. Guess that's why they travel the country to spread their shit !!!! someone aught to send them an old "honey wagon" that farmers used to use to spread cow manure. could set it in their front yard with the words painted on the side --- SPREAD YOUR SHIT WITH THIS !!! LOL !!! Ah BUT SILENCE IS A BETTER WEAPON !!!
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    Apr 01, 2008 1:57 AM GMT
    I sing in the Heartland Men's Chorus (aka Kansas City gay chorus). We performed a joint concert with the Wichita Gay chorus this weekend. Westboro Baptist actually issued a press release condemning our concert. Yea!!! That's an honor I'm proud to receive.

    http://www.godhatesfags.com/written/fliers/20080227_hearland-mens-chorus.pdf

    "....God hates this filthy Heartland Fag men's chorus..blah, blah, blah"
    Seriously, who writes this crap for them; it's so laughable.

    We were warned they might show up to picket and not to engaged them verbally. I was rather bummed when they didn't attend because they always show themselves as the ignorant morons they are with their stupid signs and crazy talk. They certainly thrive on attention and it's best to just ignore them rather than give them what they crave. God will sort them out in the end. Maybe we should change our name to Heartland Fag Men's Chorus; it's kinda catchy!
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    Apr 01, 2008 2:07 AM GMT
    irishkcguy saidSo if I heard her right, Shirley just said accused people of being Biblically ignorant and then called God the "head discriminator?" What part of "whosoever" does she not understand? She is just deeply stupid.


    I think thats part of the gimmick. She knows people will say she is ignorant. She knows someone will take the bait to start challenging her on the bible and then like a robot she rattles off more nonsense.

    My understanding is that they spend hours and hours day after day rehearsing what their responses will be to any comments they make. They clearly know that the bible is a weapon that can be twisted and defined multiple ways. You can literally pick out one verse and debate on it all week. Thats the sad part about all of this. Fred actually has some brilliant offspring with a lot of talent. The positive things some of them could do with their ability to engage in debate is endless. The children are used as physical sheilds when they go out picketing. I suspect this is the real reason it hasn't gotten to the point where someones life is taken or seriously injured.
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    Apr 06, 2008 1:00 AM GMT
    jsttennis --- Do you know how long these people (phelps) have been doing their protesting? did it start with the war? or has it been going on a lot longer?
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    Apr 06, 2008 1:18 AM GMT
    The Phelps clan has been doing their thing for a lot longer than the Iraq war. It's just that when they were picketing the funerals of people who died of AIDS, the general public didn't give a shit.

    Here's some background on them:

    http://www.blank.org/addict/
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    Apr 07, 2008 5:05 AM GMT
    Golly gee realifedad, if the Phelps bunch were cutting off people's heads and employing suicide bombers you would be supporting them.
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    Apr 08, 2008 1:59 AM GMT
    I just stuck this on its own thread, then saw this thread. cah-RAZY!!



    Absolutely nutterz! I think we can actually be glad people like this exist, because it makes everyday "normal" people realize that the gays might not be as bad as the loony religious types.