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May 17, 2005

Just so we're clear on this, we do all understand that this guy Fred Phelps is crazy, right?

You know the guy. Fred "You can't preach the Bible without preaching hatred" Phelps. Disbarred lawyer, former drug addict, wife and child abuser, raving bigot, and all that?

When he finally loses it completely and starts wrapping his skull in tinfoil, they'll be able to lock him up for his own safety. Unfortunately, until that time, the current climate in this country means he can roam around becoming ever-more dangerous not only to himself but to everyone around him.

The worst of it seems to be how Fred "God doesn't hate them because they're fags; they're fags because God hates them" Phelps infects others with his madness, ratcheting up their own uneasiness to paranoid levels.

“People are upset. The paper that was submitted for approval had nothing to do with women in history. It had nothing to do with the intention of the assignment. But their view seems to be that she's gay and she's a woman in history. That (decision) speaks for itself.”

(The problem with human beings is that craziness is contagious.)

Under Florida's new state laws, the father of the little girl who wrote the essay could probably defend shooting Phelps down on the street. He's certainly likely to be a danger to this child.

Loudly and incessantly, he's a part of the new religious Right. The face of its extreme, maybe, but he's part of the spirit of hate pervading some parts of this country.

Fag Jew Nazis are worse than ordinary Nazis. They've had more experience. Jews stirred up the Romans to butcher 6 million Christians in the catacombs in the 1st century. The First Holocaust was a Jewish Holocaust against Christians. The latest Holocaust is by Topeka Jews against WBC.

Normally I say I'm not in favor of hate-crime laws because you really can't regulate what people think, but when I read this man's words, I'm inclined to change my mind. There are too many weak-minded, easily led people in our society only too eager to find a tangible enemy to blame the for the failure of their own lives.

The man sent a letter of support to Saddam Hussein. Why isn't he under investigation for being a possibly terrorist? Innocent bystanders who never did anything wrong in their lives except get born with brown skin find themselves under investigation these days but not Phelps. He's a white guy and talks about the bible a lot, so he's safe.

Admittedly, the Liberal in me reads about this man and understands that he's sick. He's got deep and traumatic mental problems that should have him in treatment and off the streets, but you're not allowed to lock people up for being that kind of crazy.

He's a monster. He beat the hell out of his children for years and no one cared. He walks the streets of this country preaching hate and advocating violence against people because of their ethnicity or their sexual orientation.

If he'd fixated on any group but homosexuals, he'd be in jail. For what he says about Jewish people, he'd be in court every day of his life, defending himself against charges of inciting violence (or even genocide) but just because the primary target of his rants are homosexuals, the establishment refuses to take him on.

Posted by AnneZook at 07:06 AM


Apparently, if you have "god" on your side these days, you can get away with anything. You are totally obsolved.

Posted by: Kat at May 17, 2005 09:09 AM

I should never have read all of that stuff at 6:00 in the morning. It soured my whole day.

It also convinced me that the guy looks like a garden-variety nitwit, but he's a seriously disturbed person. And, instead of someone getting him the help he so clearly needs, the national media has made a celebrity out of him.

Posted by: Anne at May 17, 2005 12:41 PM

Not only is he seriously disturbed, but the man's been doing this for years: most people only heard of him around the time of the Shepard funeral, but folks in Kansas and Missouri, especially in the gay and lesbian communities, have been putting up with his ... presence... for a generation now. Sometimes's it's had salutary effects: moderate Christians have gone to some lengths to counter-protest Phelps' events, side-by-side with gay activists.

And then you have to factor in the fact that the man still has a congregation, and gets, according to that report, tens of thousands of e-mails a year (I wonder if he counts spam?) of support. No, not a wingnut in the sense of someone we can ignore: he is a classic example of a nexus of hard-core hate which cannot be effectively dealt with by traditional moderate methods or positions and which festers in the body politic.

Posted by: Jonathan Dresner at May 17, 2005 03:20 PM