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Tuesday, January 10, 2006

The truly lunatic fringe

Fred Phelps is the leader of a very small band of followers, mostly relatives, from Kansas. His family tree does not fork.

He showed up at the funeral of Matthew Shephard with picketers and signs.

He turns up at the funerals of U. S. soldiers who were killed in Iraq. He says their deaths are a punishment from God for this country's acceptance of homosexuals.

They have a website and a bus (or maybe they form a convoy, I'm not sure).

They showed up in a small, Republican, conservative city not far from here last year. There was much alarm, much like what we'd expect if the KKK planned a rally. Actually, they're somewhat similar although I don't think they wear hoods and burn crosses. Much more hi-tech. Anyhow, in spite of the worries, no (or very few) supporters showed up in that conservative stronghold but many counterprotesters did.

Phelps is a lunatic and so far is supported only by other lunatics. He is filled with hate but, like Pat Robertson, has crossed the line so far that he would be ludicrous if not for the emotional disarray he leaves in his wake. No bereaved family deserves those clowns picketing a funeral or a memorial service. I can oppose the war and still cry inside about family loss.

I despise him and everything he stands for but I'm far more worried about the smooth talking men (and women) with their designer clothing, perfect hair and makeup, and their rationalizations of hatred. People listen to them. Go back and check Christian Reconstructionists again. Or the mega-churches springing up all over the country. The suits and pretty dresses cover up the white sheets just underneath.

Thanks Tina for the post. We're adding you to the blogroll and I'll be checking back in.

I'm trying to add like minded people as we find them. Communication is important and I think we have much to learn from each other.

Busy day today so I may not be back for awhile. I'm sure everyone will be sad.

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4 Comments:

  • At Tuesday, January 10, 2006 11:56:00 AM , Blogger Worried said...

    You're right as usual Granny. The old saying was "wolves in sheep's clothing" but that was an insult to a natural creature. The ones you speak of are more like the horrible monsters in the horror movies who appear as beautiful, charming people masking their monsterness until their hapless victims see them morph into their true selves when it's too late.

    Did your computer awaken you screaming for help because the email was scorching its little circuits?

     
  • At Tuesday, January 10, 2006 7:02:00 PM , Blogger Gary said...

    This is really scary. Yes, the wackos are a little easier to identify when they wear white sheets or do theatrical hatred like Phelps. It's the quiet ones, working away to elect and idiot...preaching hatred with scriptural references...indoctrinating their sweet children into discrimination... That's what's truly scary.

     
  • At Thursday, January 12, 2006 3:59:00 AM , Blogger Worried said...

    Gary, I accessed your blog just fine from here. But later when I used your blog address I just got your most recent post. DON'T stop the signs. I love them. When I clicked on your link for your blog above the post, it wouldn't go through. What's up?

     
  • At Sunday, January 15, 2006 6:17:00 AM , Blogger Progressive Traditionalist said...

    Fred Phelps is a very scary individual. I could go on and on about him, but I believe the point Gary made is much more important.

     

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