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Does Thompson have a Phelpsian past?

by Jeremy Hooper

We've seen GOP hopeful Fred Thompson waver on the gay marriage issue a few times now, with the candidate mostly coming across as an annoyingly gay-unfriendly social conservative, yet not as an vehemently anti-gay far-right extremist. But behind Thompson's somewhat moderate stance does there lie a Fred Phelps-like anti-gay extremist? Well, this letter from Westboro Baptist Church certainly makes us take pause:

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Hmm. The Phelps family say that they once "saw eye to eye" with Thompson on gays? This Phelps family?

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They are the ones who call Fred T's past stance on gays "wonderful"? Concerning.

Now, it should be noted that in an earlier interview with Lawrence Journal-World regarding this same court case, Margie Phelps said that Thompson had no knowledge of the family's religious beliefs, and that she "was quite confident he would’ve completely disagreed with everything about my faith.” So why are they now making it sound as if they absolutely knew where Thompson stood on gay rights? Was Margie misquoted before? Was she perhaps not privy to other conversations that Thompson might have had with other family members? IS the family just trying to stir up some shit now?

Well, the answers we do not know. However, we do know a few people over at WBC who are always quite frank with us, so you can be sure we will get to the bottom of this. Stay tuned.

***NOTE: The full Westboro "open letter" can be found on their website. However, a link from us is something those kids never receive.

**UPDATE: We just got this respone back from Westboro's Shirley Phelps-Roper:

Hi Jeremy –

I inquired of this matter more closely and this is what I learned:

During the Tomson vs Stephen trial when Fred Thompson was here in Topeka, he spent some time visiting with my dad. During the course of that visit, they had some discussions about the scriptures - Thompson talked about a verse in Acts 1 or 2 about baptism; Thompson went to the verse; asked if my dad knew what "baptitso" means and so forth; and my dad had some impression that at one point along the way he was hooked up with the Campbellites. It was in that discussion that they had some conversation about the moral issues, including the sin of Sodom! As for photos – trials are NOT what you call photo ops, unless the press is interested!

As for what Marge said – there is NOTHING inconsistent with what she said and what my dad experienced with Fred Thompson – this nation has gone so overboard about the dead soldiers that there is not a politician in this country that would DARE speak to anything that do as anything but bad! If you could get Thompson to say what he thinks about moral issues, he would have about 100,000 words to describe why that has NOTHING to do with what we are doing at the soldiers funerals!

What more can I tell you about that?

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Ah, now I know WBS is either a long-running piece of performance art or an underground attempt to legitimate gay rights.

Posted by: Cindi Knox | Oct 16, 2007 4:45:59 PM

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