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Fred Phelps: no funeral for the preacher who picketed so many (+video)
CS Monitor ^ | 3/20/14 | Mark Guarino

Posted on 03/23/2014 11:54:43 AM PDT by Libloather

Fred Phelps, a former street preacher who led a family ministry that raged against what he perceived as a morally bankrupt society, died Thursday. His legacy of picketing funerals of military veterans and disaster victims, promoting coarse language to condemn conduct he viewed as amoral, and waging legal battles that protected his actions under the First Amendment, earned him an international reputation of a man’s whose absolute conviction was never swayed in the face of widespread contempt.

“The level of his vitriol, the savageness of his comments, were just unmatched anywhere. His rhetoric was such he united people both on the far left to the far right in opposition to him and his message,” says Mark Potok, a senior fellow at the Southern Poverty Law Center in Montgomery, Ala.

The organization, which tracks hate groups across the US, dubbed the Westboro Baptist Church, which Phelps founded in 1955, “arguably the most obnoxious and rabid hate group in America.”

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1 posted on 03/23/2014 11:54:43 AM PDT by Libloather
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To: Libloather

Best thing to do to attention whores, ignore them.


2 posted on 03/23/2014 11:56:41 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Libloather

Even the opening statement is wrong. Phelps didn’t protest against a morally bankrupt society, he and his inbred retard family did everything they could to take a big steaming dump on America. I’m glad the miserable old coot is dead.


3 posted on 03/23/2014 11:58:56 AM PDT by SpaceBar
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To: Libloather

Since i am on dialysis, I will show up with a 5 gallon can of gasoline, nah screw that grade A rocket fuel!!!


4 posted on 03/23/2014 11:59:31 AM PDT by Trueblackman (As a Conservative, I am proud to be on the Obama's enemy list and on the right side of history..)
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To: Trueblackman

Too bad Phelps won’t notice it.


5 posted on 03/23/2014 12:00:49 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Libloather
Christian counter demonstration:


6 posted on 03/23/2014 12:01:01 PM PDT by Former Fetus (Saved by grace through faith)
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To: dfwgator

I would put his bones in low Earth Orbit.


7 posted on 03/23/2014 12:03:27 PM PDT by Trueblackman (As a Conservative, I am proud to be on the Obama's enemy list and on the right side of history..)
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To: Trueblackman

Hydrazine anyone?


8 posted on 03/23/2014 12:04:26 PM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (Pubbies = national collectivists; Dems = international collectivists; We need a second party!)
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To: Libloather
Hate and How to Overcome It: How Should We Respond to the Tragic Death of Fred Phelps?

Tragic death? Yes, indeed! His actions seem to indicate a non-saved person. If he was not saved (only God knows) and died in that state, it was indeed tragic.

9 posted on 03/23/2014 12:05:21 PM PDT by Former Fetus (Saved by grace through faith)
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To: Libloather
Two things struck me.

One was absolutely NO mention of how connected he was to Al Gore and the Democrat Party through the late 80s and even into the 90s when he attended the Clinton inauguration. Remember that this type of hatred had its home in the Democrat Party for years. Now they want to whitewash that.

Second, the press and "experts" they interviewed can't help trying to suggest that a lot of other conservative Christians hold his beliefs:

“If you took away [Westboro’s] flamboyant style, you’d find that quite a lot of people share their point of view, to a fair extent"

Yeah, right.

10 posted on 03/23/2014 12:06:16 PM PDT by Opinionated Blowhard ("When the people find they can vote themselves money, that will herald the end of the republic.")
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To: Former Fetus

I think Phelps really was an atheist, who used his “Church” to give Christians and anti-sodomites a black eye....and the media cooperated with him in this farce.


11 posted on 03/23/2014 12:07:17 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: SpaceBar
Phelps didn’t protest against a morally bankrupt society, he and his inbred retard family did everything they could to take a big steaming dump on America. I’m glad the miserable old coot is dead.

These guys were nothing more than a little cult, had people just ignored them from the outset they'd have just imploded and gone away. My guess is the reason that didn't happen is the leftist media always wanted to connect them to the religious right and/or attempt to make actual Christians look bad.

12 posted on 03/23/2014 12:10:34 PM PDT by Longbow1969
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To: Longbow1969

Fred Phelps was a Civil Rights lawyer before he started his preacher act- and the entire church thing may well have been an act.


13 posted on 03/23/2014 12:13:11 PM PDT by Pelham (If you do not deport it is amnesty by default.)
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To: dfwgator
Fred Phelps left planet earth a slightly worse, more hateful, and more bigotted place than when he entered it due to his actions. End of story.
14 posted on 03/23/2014 12:13:13 PM PDT by SpaceBar
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To: Libloather

Gotta love that they use a hate group SPLC to counter another hate group!


15 posted on 03/23/2014 12:13:15 PM PDT by SECURE AMERICA (Where can I go to sign up for the American Revolution 2014 and the Crusades 2014?)
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To: SpaceBar

It lead to a more pro-sodomite world, that’s for sure.


16 posted on 03/23/2014 12:14:57 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Pelham
Fred Phelps was a Civil Rights lawyer before he started his preacher act- and the entire church thing may well have been an act.

Just like Jim Jones, sans Kool-Aid.

17 posted on 03/23/2014 12:15:25 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: SpaceBar

And yet I will pray that God have mercy on his soul and give him a seat in paradise. How messed up is that?


18 posted on 03/23/2014 12:15:49 PM PDT by SpaceBar
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To: Jack Hydrazine

I’ll buy that!


19 posted on 03/23/2014 12:18:34 PM PDT by Trueblackman (As a Conservative, I am proud to be on the Obama's enemy list and on the right side of history..)
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To: Libloather
The Democratic agent provocateur's work is finished.


20 posted on 03/23/2014 12:19:04 PM PDT by fso301
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To: dfwgator
I think Phelps really was an atheist, who used his “Church” to give Christians and anti-sodomites a black eye....and the media cooperated with him in this farce.

I think that, too. Many liberals try to pretend they are a member of a group that they want to discredit.

Phelps will not be missed.

21 posted on 03/23/2014 12:21:13 PM PDT by exDemMom (Current visual of the hole the US continues to dig itself into: http://www.usdebtclock.org/)
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To: exDemMom

Here is my question, where did they get their money from?


22 posted on 03/23/2014 12:21:51 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: dfwgator

Hope he says hi to the swimmer.


23 posted on 03/23/2014 12:23:27 PM PDT by bicyclerepair (The zombies here elected alcee hastings. TERM LIMITS ... TERM LIMITS)
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To: Libloather

May he find whatever peace he is due


24 posted on 03/23/2014 12:25:26 PM PDT by Nifster
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To: dfwgator

That is my belief, as well.

An agent provocateur, at best.


25 posted on 03/23/2014 12:26:40 PM PDT by Salamander (SNEK!!!)
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To: dfwgator

The Church of the Poison Mind.


26 posted on 03/23/2014 12:30:12 PM PDT by Huskrrrr
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To: Huskrrrr
I bet Phelps in real life liked Boy George.
27 posted on 03/23/2014 12:31:38 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: dfwgator

They’re all lawyers, they stole it through legal means.


28 posted on 03/23/2014 12:31:43 PM PDT by Husker24
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To: Libloather

CSM quoting the SPLC? So much for the CSM...


29 posted on 03/23/2014 12:35:07 PM PDT by Calvin Locke
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To: dfwgator

That fits.


30 posted on 03/23/2014 12:35:08 PM PDT by Huskrrrr
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To: Huskrrrr

The funniest thing about Phelps and Company.....You never saw them protesting at Gay Pride marches.


31 posted on 03/23/2014 12:35:55 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Libloather
His legacy of picketing funerals of military veterans and disaster victims, promoting coarse language to condemn conduct he viewed as amoral, and waging legal battles that protected his actions under the First Amendment,...

...earned him an international reputation of a man’s whose absolute conviction was never swayed in the face of widespread contempt.

I disagree with this. This would mean that he was at least respected for sticking to his guns.

I have seen no evidence whatsoever that this group of people led by Phelps, was viewed by anyone with anything other than extreme contempt. He wasn't respected on any level whatsoever.

Whatever sound message he may have at one time had, it preceded him in death decades earlier.

32 posted on 03/23/2014 12:36:29 PM PDT by DoughtyOne (Immigration Reform is job NONE. It isn't even the leading issue with Hipanics. Enforce our laws.)
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To: dfwgator

That’s a very good question.

Probably from apparatchiks behind the scenes who supported his actions against Christianity.


33 posted on 03/23/2014 12:38:11 PM PDT by exDemMom (Current visual of the hole the US continues to dig itself into: http://www.usdebtclock.org/)
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To: Libloather

“arguably the most obnoxious and rabid hate group in America.”

No, the Democrat Party still holds that title.


34 posted on 03/23/2014 12:39:12 PM PDT by dsc (Any attempt to move a government to the left is a crime against humanity.)
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To: dsc

They killed fewer people than Al Sharpton and his crew.


35 posted on 03/23/2014 12:40:01 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: fso301

Known by the company they keep.


36 posted on 03/23/2014 12:40:39 PM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks (Rip it out by the roots.)
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To: dfwgator

That’s the only question that need be asked. If journalism still existed, the Phelps farce would have been dead and buried a long time ago.


37 posted on 03/23/2014 12:41:05 PM PDT by WhistlingPastTheGraveyard (If you don't stand up, you don't stand a chance.)
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To: dsc

Fred was a lifelong member of the party, so Westboro could be considered a subsidiary.


38 posted on 03/23/2014 12:42:24 PM PDT by WhistlingPastTheGraveyard (If you don't stand up, you don't stand a chance.)
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To: dfwgator

Bingo!


39 posted on 03/23/2014 12:55:46 PM PDT by RushIsMyTeddyBear (Great vid by ShorelineMike! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KOZjJk6nbD4&feature=plcp)
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To: Libloather

Hey Potok....they were BIG supporters of AL GORE!!! Maybe they still are....they are DEMOCRATS....that’s why they are such a NASTY bunch.


40 posted on 03/23/2014 1:20:34 PM PDT by Ann Archy (Abortion.....the Human Sacrifice to the god of Convenience.)
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To: Pelham
OMG!!! Phelps sounds like BARRY LYNN of the ANTI-CHRISTIAN thing he started "American United FOR the Separation of Church and State"!!

Barry also started out as an ACLU Lawyer, and then got his license as a Christian minister, even though I'm pretty sure he's Jewish.

I only know one thing for sure....they are EVIL, VILE people who are ANTI-CHRISTIAN as can be.

41 posted on 03/23/2014 1:25:36 PM PDT by Ann Archy (Abortion.....the Human Sacrifice to the god of Convenience.)
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To: Libloather

It won’t surprise me if some group decided to stage a public, unauthorized memorial service for Fred Phelps. The image of Fred Phelps will either be hung in effigy or beaten as a painted pinata. A memorial service would be held for the expressed purpose of getting together and talking about the negative impact his ‘church’ has had on others, year after year, frivolous lawsuit after frivolous lawsuit. Someone needs to make a documentary about this groups’ toxic effect on it’s community.


42 posted on 03/23/2014 1:34:22 PM PDT by lee martell
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To: fso301

isn’t Fred Phelps Sr. the one who died? Jr is the one in the photo.


43 posted on 03/23/2014 1:40:55 PM PDT by FutureRocketMan (Santorum/Perry or Perry/Santorum 2016 Rand Paul's pretty good too.)
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To: FutureRocketMan
isn’t Fred Phelps Sr. the one who died? Jr is the one in the photo.

You are correct. The old man was a big time Democrat too.

44 posted on 03/23/2014 1:43:14 PM PDT by fso301
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To: dfwgator

You do realize that they protested at funerals of gay men who died of AIDS, long before they protested at military funerals? That was how he started becoming famous/infamous.


45 posted on 03/23/2014 2:00:17 PM PDT by PghBaldy (12/14 - 930am -rampage begins... 12/15 - 1030am - Obama's advance team scouts photo-op locations.)
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To: Libloather

Were they afraid it would be picketed or afraid it wouldn’t be?


46 posted on 03/23/2014 2:44:32 PM PDT by TBP (Obama lies, Granny dies.)
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To: SpaceBar
[H]e and his inbred retard family did everything they could to take a big steaming dump on America.

They're Democrats; what do you expect?

47 posted on 03/23/2014 2:45:31 PM PDT by TBP (Obama lies, Granny dies.)
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“The level of his vitriol, the savageness of his comments, were just unmatched anywhere,” says Mark Potok, a senior fellow at the Southern Poverty Law Center

Not true,. Mr. Potok. You and the people at SPLC (a well-known hate group, like Westboro) can easily match it. You do so many times each and every day.

48 posted on 03/23/2014 2:47:21 PM PDT by TBP (Obama lies, Granny dies.)
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To: dfwgator
I think Phelps was an agent provocateur for the gay lobby. According to the daughter of the Westboro spokescreep, Phelps was gay.
49 posted on 03/23/2014 2:48:40 PM PDT by TBP (Obama lies, Granny dies.)
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To: TBP
I'd vote for the latter.

I was surprised to learn that this disgusting family is highly educated, owns a successful law practice firm. Clients would hire them because of their success record.

50 posted on 03/23/2014 2:51:03 PM PDT by Dante3
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