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08/01/2008

Westboro goes retro; unfortunately it's AIDS, not bell bottoms, they're bringing back

by Jeremy Hooper

We get really annoyed whenever we see or hear mainstream media personalities, who've been infinitely fascinated over the past few years with antics of Westboro Baptist Church, focusing their reports primarily on the fact that the Phelps family pickets at fallen soldiers' funerals. After all, this crew was protesting gays and their funerals LONG before the Iraq war ever began, and they have continued to link any and every negative societal aspect to the increased acceptance of gay rights. So we find it short-sighted and even slightly disrespectful to ignore the community who has been most specifically targeted by Fred, Shirley, et al.

Well today we got a heaping dose of old school Phelps "f*g"-bashing, which reminded us of why we in the LGBT community knew about this Kansas family way before anyone else gave a damn, and why must continue to show the world how this mutant form of bias continues to muddy up the gay world in almost unimaginably cruel ways. In reaction to the news that one of the first gay men to marry in California, Chris Lechman, has passed away for reasons and causes unknown, Westboro says the following:

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Praising AIDS. Thanking God for "Dead Fags." This is the exact sort of press release that went by largely undetected by the mainstream media for years and years, as it didn't fully affect the majority. This is the sort of thing that started it all. And this is the sort of intense mindset that's still driving the family to cities and towns unknown, even if the military funeral connection is what has more readily gotten them booked on cable news.

So what we're saying is: Stand up and defend us, America. Defend your gay brothers and sisters because our lives are worth defending. Realize that these offenses, which many of you have realized as shocking when they hit the funeral of one of your local soldiers, have been targeting us for almost two decades.

While ratcheted up to a heightened degree, the Phelps' rhetoric is is the ugly face of anti-gay bias laid out for all to see. No masks. No pretense. This is the cruel stain of persecutory hate that has divided us as a nation. It's time we all come together and reject the negativity, both in its more benign and its most heated forms.

***NOTE: The full Westboro press release can be found on their website. However, a link from us is something these AIDS fans will never receive.

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Your thoughts

Damn, and I too was hoping they were going to be bringing back bellbottoms. Shirley's hairstyle is ALREADY identical to most of the girls in my mom's 1974 senior yearbook! LOL

Posted by: Scott | Aug 1, 2008 9:33:07 AM

Hell was invented for people like these.
Do you think they realize how much they help our cause?

Posted by: JeffRob | Aug 1, 2008 12:39:38 PM

Holy crap, not a single occurrence of the phrase "to wit".

Mind = BLOWN.

Posted by: Baldran | Aug 1, 2008 2:13:07 PM

Yea, it's totally old school Westboro, Baldran. No real snark or any of the modern touches they sometimes throw in. Just heated rage.

Posted by: G-A-Y | Aug 1, 2008 2:21:15 PM

STOP

POSTING

GABAGE

ABOUT

WESTBORO

there is NOTHING to be gained, EVER, by reporting this crap, except to make everyone mad, and make them happy

STOP
PLEASE

Posted by: hapbt | Aug 1, 2008 3:21:15 PM

I find it humourous that on thier page they tell you (reader) NOT to email them until you read their FAQ's. One of which is NOT to send them "hate" mail. If you do, they threaten to find out who your isp is then contact the FBI and have you either arrested or at least "visited" by the authorities. HMM< THEY are concerned about HATE mail?

After 2 pages of JUST reading their FAQ (just regarding email/contact), I gave up (bored) and went to a more positive website.

aj

:::just my 2 cents:::

Posted by: aj | Aug 1, 2008 3:35:16 PM

God hates the Westboro Baptist Church

Posted by: Wyzdyx | Aug 1, 2008 3:44:59 PM

hapbt: As I told you the last time you yelled at me about this very thing: No. If you don't care then don't read/ comment. Others do care. Trust me.

I also find it incredibly insulting that you feel it is your place to scream at me as if I am a two year old.

Posted by: G-A-Y | Aug 1, 2008 3:45:29 PM

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