Comments: Right?

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