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ADDICTED TO HATE

Posted by nicolen on April 11, 2008

When Fred Phelps of the Westboro Baptist Church brings his family to town it usually creates a scene much like this. As they picket the funerals of our fallen soldiers in an attempt to send their convoluted message of hate to the rest of the world we look on, shake our heads, feel utter disgust and sometimes shout back. But, what do we know about these people?

The children who travel with them are Phelps’ grandchildren and the young of some of his followers. We often gasp as an eight or nine year old waves up a sign that we know he cannot begin to understand. How is it that anyone could allow their children to be permeated with such hate and such vitriol?

Unfortunately, the Phelps’ clan has been engaged in such reprehensible acts for decades. The inner-workings of this cult are hair-raising and chilling beyond belief. In 1994, a reporter, working for Stauffer Communications filed a lawsuit against his employer for the rights to publish a book about the Phelps’ that he had been working on. Stauffer Communications claimed that the work belonged to them. In the court filings, Michael Bell, included a copy of his work making it public record. Eventually, the document was sealed but not before thousands of copies were circulated.

Below is a link to the work as well as the court document. Before the reader begins, however, I must warn you that this is not for the squeamish. It’s not for the faint of heart. It is a look into the sickness that has plagued generations of Phelps’ and the graphic nature of the story causes the stomach to turn. Please keep that in mind…

http://ourworld.compuserve.com/homepages/michael_haggerty/expose3.htm

 

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WHEN LOVE & HATE COLLIDE

Posted by nicolen on March 14, 2008

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wbc.jpgFred Phelps and his Westboro Baptist Church groups thought they would bring their message of hate to Oklahoma and to Tinker Airforce Base today – but they found out that a little love speaks much louder than they.

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Initially, police had placed both sides behind barricades more than a half block apart. Police maintained a strong presence though not nearly as strong as that found at, let’s say, a neo-Nazi rally.

Fred Phelps, notorious for picketing the funerals of our fallen soldiers brought his contingent to the heartland after a tragic shooting at Tinker Airforce Base claimed the lives of two small children and their father, a decorated war veteran, in a murder-suicide.  Claiming that God is punishing America for allowing gays in the military and turning the country into a modern day Sodom and Gamorrah. On his website, announcement of the planned protest stated that God had put the gun in the father’s hands.

While there were only 9 or 10 present in his group, they brandished different signs, all reprehensible, throughout the protest, most of which was expected. However there was a collective gasp among onlookers as signs reading “Kill More Kids” and “Pray For More Dead Soldiers” were displayed. But the real story in all of this is what happened in the street and on the sidewalk.

wbc3.jpgAs I approached the anti-Fred Phelps group about 30 minutes prior to the start-time, there was something very special in the air. There were approximately 30 protestors already gathered and that number swelled to near 100 by the end of the event. But, the feeling of love and togetherness was almost palpable. They told me that, above all, they support the troops and that they were all about love not hate. But, they didn’t have to tell me that – because amid the traffic and the noise, there was a peacefulness that you couldn’t help but feel emanating from this group of very young people.

I411134-r1-010-3a_005.jpgn contrast to the youth, a familiar sight rode in just as the drama was beginning to unfold…the Viet Nam Veterans group of bikers who have dogged Phelps and his hateful army ever since he started ingratiating himself into the private and somber burying of our war-dead. They came right down the middle of the street and everyone cheered knowing that they make an awesome presence for our side – and they didn’t let us down.

100_2304_0004_004.jpgAs the Westboro Baptist Church spewed their venom, the bikers turned their backs. As the hideous words were shouted they were drowned out by the revving of engines. Wearing grim faces of determination and disgust, the bikers stood tall in the face of one of the most evil little group of haters ever to be seen in the likes of the heartland. Not only did their presence command attention and appreciation – their presence reinforced the message of love of both country and our people. Their presence signified the generations who have come before and brought with it a unification of the old and the young…a bridging of all gaps that might have once existed. 

Even that wasn’t the whole story, however. The street in front of the gates into Tinker Air Force base is a major thouroughfare as it is also a major artery onto and off of I40. It is also Midwest City’s main shopping area and the protest was planned, probably by design, for the lunch-hour. While there about 100 protestors on the sidewalk – there were hundreds of cars on the street honking their horns, shouting, and making their displeasure with Phelps known. It was pretty incredible.

As Citizens Against Hate we were not kept behind the barricades and we mingled freely with the protestors, police, and press. Lacy Montgomery, head of Teens Against Hate, is responsible for most of the excellent photos displayed and we thank her for making the trip into OKC.

In closing, the Westboro Baptist Church met their match today in Oklahoma and the message of love not hate was communicated loudly and firmly. While Fred Phelps only controls a handful of members his message is particularly heinous. Watching young children – very young children – brandish placards announcing that “God Sent the Killer” or “Fags Doom Nations” caused a lot of mouths to drop and a lot of people to stop just to see if they head seen that right. One can only wonder what sort of life these children have and what sort of adults they will become.

There was one arrest today that we know of. An onlooker was so outraged by the signs and the message that he crossed over into the WBC area. Police spent a lot of time trying to calm him down and finally put him in a police car. Sadly, while I abhor violence, I can almost understand his rage. But, the rule of the day was love – you could feel it – almost taste it – and it was glorious.

A FULL GALLERY OF THE PROTEST WILL BE AVAILABLE THIS EVENING – SO CHECK BACK.

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Brokebrain Phelps

Posted by nicolen on January 23, 2008

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The 28-year-old actor was nominated for his role in the film “Brokeback Mountain.

Fred Phelps & Company, claims that they are well within their legal rights to demonstrate and exert their First Amendment Rights to free speech – which, by all accounts, they are. However, he just doesn’t seem to understand that Civil Court is a whole lot different.

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Listen To Cold Shot Tonight

Posted by nicolen on November 5, 2007

DOWNLOAD THE ARCHIVE OF THE NOVEMBER 5TH COLD SHOT HERE

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Tonights Topics

*Are You One of the Good People?

*Trying Times & Scapegoating

*Headlines In Hate – Focus On Dangers

*Fred Phelps Court Decision, Ron Paul’s Internet Presence, & Hal Turner Is a Con Man

*The Confederate Flag – Popularity In Pennsylvania – Is It a Hate Symbol.

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Fred Phelps Abused His Children?

Posted by nicolen on November 4, 2007

This probably won’t shock too many people. 

TO ORIGINAL ARTICLE
Local
Phelps’ son speaks out

(Mike Silvestri/Examiner)
Westboro Baptist Church founder Fred Phelps and his daughter, Shirley Phelps-Roper, tell reporters outside U.S. District Court in Baltimore that they will continue protesting dead troops’ funerals despite the $10.9 million judgment against the church. Kelsey Volkmann and Mike Silvestri, The Examiner
2007-11-02 07:00:00.0
Current rank: # 79 of 4,360

BALTIMORE –
The Rev. Fred Phelps brainwashed his family and will keep trying to brainwash America with his anti-gay pickets at military funerals, his estranged son said.

A federal jury’s nearly $11 million judgment against Westboro Baptist Church won’t stop members from spreading their message of hate, said Nate Phelps.

“I think my old man has enough experience under the law, and he’s going to fight this,” said Phelps, who left his family and their church nearly 30 years ago.

Nate Phelps, 48, describes a violent childhood, in which he alleges his father beat him and his 12 siblings.

Nate Phelps, now living in British Columbia, Canada, has exchanged e-mails with Albert Snyder, the father of the fallen Marine who successfully sued the fundamentalist fringe group for invasion of privacy and intentional infliction of emotional distress.

“I’ve seen a couple demonstrations of just how profoundly their protests affect people, and when you get into the emotions of picketing funerals, it’s pretty intense,” Snyder said.

Westboro members picketed the Westminster funeral of Marine Lance Cpl. Matthew Snyder, Albert’s son, in March 2006, with signs reading “Thank God for dead soldiers.”

Others hurt by the Topeka, Kan., church hold out hope that the multimillion-dollar penalties will cripple the church.

Clergy welcomed the news of the lawsuit’s success.

“That kind of thing is an embarrassment to most Baptists,” said Robert Myers, pastor of Arundel Baptist Church in Gambrills.

And in Topeka, many saw the judgment as a victory.

Fred Phelps gives the entire town a bad name, said the Rev. Dan Davidson, pastor of St. David’s Episcopal Church in Topeka, where Westboro has picketed every weekend service for at least 15 years.

kvolkmann@baltimoreexaminer.com

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JUDGMENT DAY FOR THE WESTBORO BAPTIST CHURCH

Posted by nicolen on November 1, 2007

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JUDGMENT DAY FOR WESTBORO BAPTIST CHURCH

“Absolutely, don’t you understand this was an act in futility?” replied Shirlery-Phelps Roper, daughter of the Founder of the Westboro Baptist Church, when asked if the group intended to continue picketing the funerals of dead soldiers.

Protesting funerals has become the Church’s way of garnering media attention in their fight against homosexuality. Blaming the deaths of our soldiers on the U.S. military’s policy of “don’t ask – don’t tell,” which allows gays in the military, they take to the funeral procession route and carry signs reading, “Thank God For Dead Soldiers,” and “God Hates You,” among others.

On October 31, a jury awarded the father of a fallen soldier almost $11 million. According to preliminary reports, the assets of the church, including property, homes, cars, bank accounts, etc. don’t even equal one million dollars.

Fred Phelps, founder of the Church indicated that the judgment will be appealed and told reporters, “…it will take about five minutes to get that thing reversed.”

While many are applauding the jury and the court, others are speculating on what this means as far as First Amendment Rights are concerned. Given the leniency that the courts have historically displayed on Freedom of Speech issues and the current climate regarding racial extremes which have been recently exhibited, it will be interesting to see how the scenario unfolds.

Should this matter be appealed, and the decision upheld, it would certainly set a precedent for others who have been threatened and intimidated by racists and bigots to utilize the judicial system for redress.

Could the victims, let’s say, of Hal Turner, racist radio talk show host, sue Mr. Turner for publishing their home addresses and calling for others to assassinate them, bring a similar suit against Mr. Turner?

Would municipalities have a cause of action against hate groups who threaten to bankrupt them unless their demands are met?

The picketing of funerals is beyond the pale. The messages displayed to grieving families and friends by this group of bigoted and hateful individuals cause great anguish to those already suffering. Fred Phelps and his cult are reprehensible beyond belief. All of this makes it very difficult to maintain one’s equilibrium and objectivity. Additionally, an appellate decision, one way or the other, will have far-reaching implications for the future.

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NEWSFLASH – WESTBORO BAPTIST CHURCH – “SUSPICIOUS DEVICE”

Posted by nicolen on November 1, 2007

According to Channel 27 News in Topeka…

Police Investigate “Suspicious Devices” at Westboro Baptist Church

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Topeka Police are currently investigating two suspicious devices at Westboro Baptist Church, 3701 SW 12th. The devices were found outside the building shortly before 10 a.m. Thursday by a police officer who was investigating a report of vandalism. The Topeka Police Bomb Unit is on scene to examine the devices. As a precaution, 12th Street at Orleans has been closed as well as other surrounding streets. Motorists are encouraged to avoid the area while the investigation continues.

At this time, the Police Department is unaware of any threats associated with the devices. If anyone has any information about this incident or noted suspicious activity in the area, please call detectives at 368-9400.

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Westboro Baptist Church – Instructions to the Jury

Posted by nicolen on November 1, 2007

phelps2.jpgWhen the jury handed down their verdict and findings against the Reverend Fred Phelps, his daughters, and the Westboro Baptist Church, some applauded, some cried, some smiled and others sounded the alarm.

Eleven million dollars is a lot of dough by anyone’s calculations – and it far exceeds any assests that are held by Phelps and his progeny. The amount, however, isn’t what is troubling certain individuals. It’s the concern about the loss of civil liberties, namely free speech.

Throughout cyber-space the sirens are going off one after the other as some believe that this judgment has set a very dangerous precedent that will be felt by all – especially activists. Admittedly, these concerns are not exactly unfounded.

For the last couple of years, Phelps has taken his crew into city after city where they proceed to disrupt the funerals of fallen soldiers. Picketing with signs reading, “Thank God for Dead Soldiers” and “God Hates You,” while singing “God Hates America,” grieving families have been unable to bury their dead with peace and dignity. All of this has prompted some cities to pass ordinances which stipulate the parameters within which such demonstrations can be held.

Last year, Albert Snyder, Corporal Matthew A. Snyder’s father, sued the Westboro Baptist Church in United States District Court claiming invasion of privacy and intentional infliction of emotional distress. Earlier today a jury agreed with Mr. Snyder.

At issue here, however, are the instructions issued to the jury by presiding Judge Richard D. Bennet in which he told the nine members that there are limits on free speech protection, listing categories that include vulgar, offensive and shocking statements, and he instructed jurors to decide “whether the defendant’s actions would be highly offensive to a reasonable person, whether they were extreme and outrageous, and whether these actions were so offensive and shocking as to not be entitled to First Amendment protection,” according to The A.P.

Consequently, it is left for interpretation as to what is “vulgar, offensive, shocking, extreme, and outrageous.” Just as Mr. Snyder will probably never realize the eleven million awarded to him, it is also likely that this will become hotly contested and appealed.

While I may quietly love the idea that this vermin got his “comeupance,” I also recognize the concerns of others. The questions still remain, however, “when is enough really enough?” What is really “over-the-top?” Or should it just be a free-for-all? Should a line be drawn and if so, where?

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$2.9 Million Awarded

Posted by nicolen on October 31, 2007

While this may not stop them, it sure will slow their butts down. Sometimes there is justice to be had.

phelps.jpgPhelps Clan Ordered To Pay $2.9M In Anti-Gay Military Suit
by The Associated Press

Posted: October 31, 2007 – 5:00 pm ET
Article Found At Gay.com

(Baltimore, Maryland) A federal jury on Wednesday awarded the father of a fallen Marine $2.9 million in compensatory damages after finding an anti-gay Kansas church and three of its leaders liable for invasion of privacy and intent to inflict emotional distress for picketing the Marine’s funeral in 2006.

The jury was to begin deliberating the size of punitive damages after receiving further instructions, although U.S. District Judge Richard Bennett noted the size of the compensatory award “far exceeds the net worth of the defendants,” according to financial statements filed with the court.

Albert Snyder of York, Pa., sued the Westboro Baptist Church for unspecified monetary damages after members staged a demonstration at the March 2006 funeral of his son, Lance Cpl. Matthew Snyder, who was killed in Iraq.

Church members routinely picket funerals of military personnel killed in Iraq and Afghanistan, carrying signs such as “Thank God for dead soldiers” and “God hates fags.”

A number of states have passed laws regarding funeral protests, and Congress has passed a law prohibiting such protests at federal cemeteries, but the Maryland lawsuit is believed to be the first filed by the family of a fallen serviceman.

Snyder’s suit named the church, its founder the Rev. Fred Phelps and his two daughters Shirley Phelps-Roper and Rebecca Phelps-Davis, 46. The jury began deliberating Tuesday after two days of testimony.

The York, Pa. man claimed the protests intruded upon what should have been a private ceremony and sullied his memory of the event.

The church members testified they are following their religious beliefs by spreading the message that the deaths of soldiers are due to the nation’s tolerance of homosexuality.

Their attorneys argued in closing statements Tuesday that the burial was a public event and that even abhorrent points of view are protected by the First Amendment, which guarantees freedom of speech and religion.

The judge said the church’s financial statements, sealed earlier, could be released to the plaintiffs.

Earlier, church members staged a demonstration outside the federal courthouse, which is located on a busy thoroughfare a few blocks west of Baltimore’s Inner Harbor, while passing motorists honked and shouted insults.

Church founder Fred Phelps held a sign reading “God is your enemy,” while his daughter Shirley Phelps-Roper stood on an American flag while carrying a sign that read “God hates fag enablers.” Members of the group sang “God Hates America,”‘ to the tune of “God Bless America.”

Snyder sobbed when he heard the verdict while members of the church greeted the news with tightlipped smiles.

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