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Gay Activists to Use Protests of Arizona Victim’s Funeral as Anti-Violence Fundraiser

January 10, 2011 By: jaysays Category: Headline

Jude Stevens, jaysays.com author, converses with WBC in San Antonio, Texas

Jude Stevens, jaysays.com author, converses with WBC in San Antonio, Texas

The Westboro Baptist Church (“WBC”), under the guidance of the Reverend Fred Phelps, has dedicated substantial time and resources in making the United States a living hell.  Not only has the church spread hate-filled messages against the LGBTQ community to the masses, they have also attacked the United States as a whole because of its tolerance for LGBT people and failure to eradicate homosexuality.

Over the past several years, the WBC has gained notoriety for pickets of soldiers’ funerals.  Now, in an effort to spread more hate and support violent action against Americans, the WBC has announced their intention to picket the funerals of those murdered in Saturday’s shooting at the Safeway in Tucson, Arizona.

LGBTQ people have followed the workings of the WBC closely, often finding unique ways to counter their pro-hate message.  It’s no surprise that the LGBT advocacy group, Progressive Approach, has stepped up to the plate.  The organization will be hosting a “Phelps-A-Thon” to counter-protest the WBC picket.  The purpose of the “Phelps-A-Thon” is to raise many for the Anti-Violence Project of Southern Arizona, thereby helping a cause contrary to the message of the WBC.  The organizers will be collecting pledges online for every minute WBC pickets the funeral.

Director of Phelps-A-Thon.com, Chris Mason, had this to say:

I believe everyone has the right to free speech, but protesting these funerals is beyond wrong, it is disgusting. A lot of people are angry with this and have emailed, asking us to do something. We feel this is an appropriate response to such hatred; while the Westboro Baptist Church is celebrating violence, they will also be raising funds to fight it.

We send our best wishes and support to the organizers.  May peace always triumph.

Thank God for Fred Phelps and the Westboro Baptist Church.

September 03, 2009 By: jaysays Category: Commentary, Featured, Thought of the Gay

phelpsFred Phelps and the Westboro Baptist Church folks are some of the most extreme people in all of religiousdom.  The Westboro Baptist Church website is GodHatesFags.com, a slimy place full of unpleasant commentary including a countdown for the number of days Matthew Shepard has been in hell.  The church and its flock often take their small children with them for protests and carry signs like those in the photograph and with phrases such as “Fags are Beasts” and “God Hates Fags.” They are known for protests of U.S. soldiers’ funerals, funerals of persons who died as a result of AIDS and funerals of hate crimes victims.

In spite of Phelps protesting soldiers, preaching that “AIDS cures fags” and claiming that the Pope is a Whore, for the most part, America wasn’t listening.  Until his clan made a tragic mistake.  They picketed American Idol, Adam Lambert.  Straight and gay fans of Adam were outraged and the twitter hashtag #GodHatesHates was launched exposing the level of intolerance faced by many LGBT people to the masses.  According to those on twitter:

#GodHatesHate was started by fans supporting Adam Lambert when protesters showed up at a concert with signs saying “God hates fags”. Adam has said in the past that “God hates hate more” in response to those protesters.

The hashtag quickly became the number one twitter trending topic of the evening on Sunday, August 30, 2009 and tweets poured through such as:

#GodHatesHate Take responsibility for yourself and stop using your religion as an excuse for your own hatred and bigotry. [via @Buffy2q]

Protesting Adam Lambert is like protesting sunshine! #godhateshate [via @EWMichaelSlezak]

#godhateshate … That’s why @adamlambert was created…nothing but love…beautiful,awesome love. [via VTAlum01]

#Godhateshate Pastor Steve Anderson and Fred Phelps do NOT represent the heart of Christianity and I’m sorry for those hurt by their rants.

But there is a danger in all of this.  Fred Phelps is a dramatic example of bigotry and it’s easy to spot his hate mongering; however, others aren’t so blatant like Maggie Gallagher, Pat Robertson, Carrie Prejean and the like.  For example, Pat Robertson often attempts to be more discrete in his message of hate.  When he spoke out against “gay days” at Disney World, he said:

I would warn Orlando that you’re right in the way of some serious hurricanes, and I don’t think I’d be waving those flags in God’s face if I were you, This is not a message of hate — this is a message of redemption. But a condition like this will bring about the destruction of your nation. It’ll bring about terrorist bombs; it’ll bring earthquakes, tornadoes, and possibly a meteor.

So, if your one of the many outraged over “God Hates Fags,” remember it’s the same message as many anti-equality people, just without the sugar coating.