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djones520
04-11-2010, 10:02 AM
babylonsister (1000+ posts) Sun Apr-11-10 08:33 AM
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Phelps' son says "God Hates Fags" church could turn violent

Joe Cutbirth
Assistant Professor of Journalism, University of British Columbia
Posted: April 11, 2010 02:24 AM

Phelps' son says "God Hates Fags" church could turn violent


The challenge with writing about Fred Phelps, frankly, is suppressing the urge to urp.

Phelps and his hateful clan spent this weekend in West Virginia taunting innocent families whose fathers, brothers and sons were buried alive in the Upper Big Branch mine disaster. The last four of 29 miners were pronounced dead on Saturday. The Phelpses actually complained they didn't get adequate police protection during a picket at the state Capitol, where they carried signs that read: "Thank God for Dead Miners," "God Hates Your Tears" and "God Hates West Virginia."

It's a new low for The Most Hated Family In America, as they were dubbed in a 2007 BBC documentary about the Westboro Baptist Church, whose members routinely picket funerals of American soldiers. They claim God smites our military because America tolerates lesbian and gay people. The group is so obsessed with anti-homosexual theology it adopted the slogan "God hates fags" for the name of its website.

I've always ignored these psychopaths and refused to give them the media attention they crave. But information about them that can't be ignored surfaced last week on The Standard, a Vancouver-based public affairs program. In his first-ever television interview, Fred's son Nate Phelps says the family could turn violent if his father ever finds a Bible verse to justify it.

The interview was conducted by Peter Klein, an Emmy-winning producer for 60 Minutes and my colleague at the University of British Columbia graduate journalism school.

Nate Phelps, who left the family more than 30 years ago and lives in Canada, says his father is a violent individual. He talks about rage and the physical abuse Fred Phelps inflicted for hours at a time on his wife and children. He speculates that his father is mentally ill and effectively calls the Westboro church a classic cult:



They fit the definition, and I've said for years that all it would really take is if my father made the decision, found the right justification in the Bible, that they would turn towards violence -- either violence towards themselves or someone else.


more/video at link...

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/joe-cutbirth/phelps-son-s...



spanone (1000+ posts) Sun Apr-11-10 08:34 AM
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2. go for it you sick fucks.



marmar (1000+ posts) Sun Apr-11-10 08:34 AM
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3. So are they asking to be thinned from the herd?


http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.php?az=view_all&address=389x8129700

No one calling them rethugs or anything like that. Just recognizing that their sick bastards who need to dissapear.

SarasotaRepub
04-11-2010, 11:51 AM
Agreed.

NJCardFan
04-11-2010, 02:02 PM
Phelps and company are deranged. Plain and simple. Phelps is as Christian as Anton Lavey.

FlaGator
04-11-2010, 02:11 PM
Westbro Baptist Church is truly a great example of the dangers of in breeding.

PoliCon
04-11-2010, 02:37 PM
Westboro Baptist and the DU have tons in common.

noonwitch
04-12-2010, 08:56 AM
Westboro Baptist and the DU have tons in common.



Westboro is openly hateful and proud of it. DUers think their ideas are loving. They are both wrong, but at least DUers have a goal somewhere back there in their heads of loving people-they need to work on it, but it's still there.


Westboro people are a whole different kind of crazy, and if nothing else, they bring everyone else together to make it clear that they don't speak for any of us.

PoliCon
04-12-2010, 10:29 AM
Westboro is openly hateful and proud of it. DUers think their ideas are loving. They are both wrong, but at least DUers have a goal somewhere back there in their heads of loving people-they need to work on it, but it's still there.


Westboro people are a whole different kind of crazy, and if nothing else, they bring everyone else together to make it clear that they don't speak for any of us.

I disagree with your assessment on both counts.
WBC believes that the way to show love is to attack and condemn those that oppose their message - same for the DU.
WBC does not allow dissent or for differing points of view - same for the DU.
WBC has as a goal the achievement of a better world - same for the DU.
WBC knows what is best for us all - so does the DU.

Shall I go on?