Saturday, September 24, 2005

Update: Fred Phelps and his Westboro Baptist Church

Well, actually, in a way there isn't much to update. And that's good news. Since his thrashing in Tennessee last month, there have only been a few Westboro Baptist "Church" protests at funerals of American soldiers killed in Iraq or Afghanistan.

For those unfamiliar with "the Reverend" Fred Phelps, he and his Westboro Baptist Church have convinced themselves that God is punishing the U.S. because of our tolerance of gays in our society. Soldiers getting killed in Iraq is part of a Divine plan, or so they think.

Oh, the old nut Phelps still is making a lot of noise on his web site, God Hates Fags, about picketing the funerals of soldiers' recently killed in action, but his last publicly acknowledged funeral protest was over a week ago in his home state of Kansas.

(And about Kansas. Kansans view him as an embarrassment to their state.)

Lately, the Westboro cult has been celebrating the destruction brought upon the gulf coast by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.

But the wrath of decent Americans just may have scared Phelps' group away from funeral protests. I'm not sure how it happened, but somehow via Tennessean Bill Hobbs' superb blog, the word got out in the Volunteer State to confront the Westboro Baptist Church head on.

Thank you Bill and the people of Tennessee.

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