Anti-violence group plans ‘Phelps-a-thon’ during Westboro Baptist Church’s visit to Tucson

Phelps clan in Dallas

The Phelps clan is headed to Tucson.

In response, the Arizona Legislature passed and the governor signed legislation banning protests within 300 feet of a funeral. In some show of compassion (maybe in fear for their lives), the clan decided not to protest the funeral of Christina Green, the 9-year-old who was murdered. However, they still plan to picket the funeral of U.S. District Judge John McCarthy Roll.

When the clan visited Dallas to picket downtown at the Holocaust Museum and Congregation Beth El Binah at the Gay and Lesbian Community Center, a fundraiser was held called “When Hell Freezes Over.” The goal was to replace the $3,000 ice maker at the community center. They raised move than $11,000.

The Wingspan Anti-Violence Project will be doing the same thing this week. They are holding a Phelps-a-thon.

Although we wish them luck, the circumstances are completely different. The group came to Dallas for no reason whatsoever and everyone who participated made a joke of the appearance. There was plenty of time to prepare stupid signs and costumes to welcome their afternoon of hate.

In Arizona, people are mourning. They are dealing with loss and healing. No one is in the mood for a jolly old time to mock the haters. The focus is on funerals and people in hospitals. Reaction to Phelps is a mere afterthought. But the gesture is appropriate. Let their visit to promote hatred after a violent incident raise money to decrease violence.

—  David Taffet

Query • 12.31.10

What’s your New Years resolution?

Jason A Walker — “I made a resolution last year to stop making resolutions and I kept it all year. First time I’ve ever done that.”

Felipe Gutierrez — “To join the Air Force Reserves.”

Paul Phelps — “Lose weight and not shop too much.”

Jibril Salami — “To become better as a person and better myself. But I have so many, that’s just one of em!”

Latisha McDaniel — “To stay consistent with the workout regimen.”

Ivan Rowe Watson
— “To become more of a well-rounded person.”

Chris Yannacone
— “Drop some holiday weight.”

Have a suggestion for a question you’d like us to ask?
E-mail it to nash@dallasvoice.com.

This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition December 31, 2010.

—  Kevin Thomas

And yet Fred Phelps is a free man. Weird, Janet.

Janet-PorterJanet Porter (née Folger) on the now-year-old Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act:

Censorship. Hate-crimes legislation has passed that targets pastors, forbidding them from speaking about homosexuality, same-sex marriage or the dangers that Islam presents to America – part of Marxist censorship. (Not to mention that Obama wants all “fishy” communication to be reported to him.)

Janet Porter: To my fellow enemies [AFA]

You know, because you remember the recent announcement about the government reopening Alcatraz in order to house the tens of thousands of anti-LGBT faith leaders who’ve been arrested in the past year. Right? Preachers nationwide are now falling all over themselves to praise same-sex couples, lest they be hauled into the slammer. You all read about that in the latest issue of Convenient Fantasies For Feeding Far-Right Talking Points Weekly, yes?




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N.Y. Assemblyman Lunges at Phelps Protester 

Westboro Baptist Church Dov Hikind SHIRLEY PHELPS-ROPER X390 | ADVOCATE.COMDov Hikind, assemblyman for the state’s 48th district, charged through
a barrier surrounding Westboro Baptist Church’s Shirley Phelps-Roper
during a Monday protest in Brooklyn and shouted, “You’re a whore!”
Advocate.com: Daily News

—  John Wright

Ozzy is pissed at Phelps

From PopEater.com:

Ozzy Osbourne is bearing down on the infamous Westboro Baptist Church for using his song ‘Crazy Train’ during protests of gays in the military, E! Online reports.

After the small church used his 1980 hit at a demonstration on Thursday at the U.S. Supreme Court, the Prince of Darkness couldn’t hold his tongue any longer.




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—  John Wright

Margie Phelps’ Speaks Out On Cordoba House, Illustrating Political Overlap

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Fred Phelps and his Westboro Baptist Church catch a lot of flack for their anti-gay, anti-America, anti-everything protests. The family shouldn’t be dismissed as simple right wing nuts, though, because their politics aren’t always so different than those found on the left.

Take, for example, Margie Phelps’ remarks about Cordoba House, the so-called “Ground Zero Mosque,” which she supports. “We say we’re the melting pot, we say you get the practice your faith according to your conscience with no restraint from the government, you have that liberty. Why, against that framework, would anybody be so un-American as to suggest that Muslim Americans cannot worship their God according to their conscience,” said Phelps, who argued Westboro’s case before the Supreme Court earlier this week. Similar arguments have been made by people on the left, like Keith Olbermann.

But of course Phelps, who’s Fred’s daughter, couldn’t resist getting in a low, decidedly discriminatory blow, telling Talking Points Memo, “Now [Islam is] a false religion, no question about that, but they don’t have to agree with me on that.”

As for the Supreme Court case, in which Westboro claims their First Amendment rights are being curtailed, Phelps said, “You’ve got 310 million saying ‘God Bless America.’ You’ve got 60 saying ‘God Curse America.’ That stinking First Amendment isn’t worth the paper it’s written on unless it protects those 60.”

If nothing else, the Westboro Church should show us that politics isn’t always black and white: people who are you rivals on one issue may be the closet ally on another.


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Transcript of the Phelps family before the Sup. Ct.

The “God Hates Fag” religious right group went before the Supreme Court yesterday to argue that it’s their constitutional right to picket a US soldier’s funeral. Joe has background on the appearance here. Here’s the transcript of the two parties’ attorneys in oral arguments before the court:

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—  John Wright

Margie Phelps at Supreme Court: ‘Mark it down: Every death is in God’s hands, and he’s just getting warmed up.’

Kerry Eleveld was at the U.S. Supreme Court today to hear the oral arguments in the case brought against the Phelps by the family of Marine Lance Cpl. Matthew Snyder. He died in Iraq and the Phelps clan protest at his funeral. More on that subject here and here.

This is a First Amendment case and the Phelps were represented by one of their own, Margie:

Margie Phelps represented Westboro in front of the nine Supreme Court justices, displaying a mostly flat affect and decent command of the legal issues surrounding the case. But when she stepped in front of the microphones following the proceeding, Phelps switched on the more dogmatic and combative temperament that she and her church members are known for, even treating the mass of reporters to several lines of a variation on Ozzy Osbourne’s “Crazy Train.”

Here are some of the rantings that occurred outside the Court:

“Note to all — when you have a private funeral, we will not be there. When you have a public funeral and you broadcast to the nation that that dead soldier is a hero and that God is blessing America, we will be there and tell you, God is cursing America. It is a curse for your young men and women to be coming home in body bags. And if you want that to stop, stop sinning.”

“Look at you all right here. We don’t have to follow anybody. You follow us. We did not know any — we don’t know these families. We know this nation, whose destruction is imminent, has brought wrath from God. You have dead children coming home from that war. You have dead children. God’s promise to you is that if you would obey him, you would not need a standing army.”

“No, it’s not only the soldiers dying. God is bringing the trauma. He’s opened up his armory, and there’s no limit to the ways he can bring you trauma.… Everybody who dies, God kills. He holds the breath of life in his hands, and that’s what this rebellious nation is mad about, I think. You don’t want to say there’s a sovereign God with the breath of life in his hands. Mark it down: Every death is in God’s hands, and he’s just getting warmed up.

(Margie Phelps is joined by her sister Shirley Phelps-Roper in song.)

Cryin’ about your feelings / For your sin, no shame / You’re going straight to hell on a crazy train.

I think the Phelps are already on board that crazy train.




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—  John Wright

Supreme Court to Take on Phelps Clan

Cross Supreme Court x390 (Getty) I Advocate.comThe Supreme Court convenes this week and is prepared to take on a case
that challenges the right of the gay-hating Phelps clan to protest at
military funerals.
Advocate.com: Daily News

—  John Wright

Fred Phelps: Fags ‘Ought to Be So Thankful’ Westboro Isn’t Charging Them

Hell is the place where the worm eats on fags, and the fire is never quenched. Indescribable pain. The Lord Jesus said that. And he knows because he's had a front row seat since the creation of Adam. What you need to do is get a Bible and look up Luke, Chapter 16. These fags are going to hell, and instead of squawking like crybabies, they ought to be so thankful that at no expense to them, we've dedicated time and resources to preach to them. People say we're "disturbing the peace." Don't you understand: we've done 40,000 of these pickets, and we'd be in jail if we were disturbing the peace.

—The always insightful Westboro Baptist leader Fred Phelps, who also notes that when it comes to other religious leaders, "about half of these preachers and priests are closet homosexuals–I mean practicing homosexuals."

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