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Phelps Strikes Again

The blog Emergent Chaos (new to me... "Musings from Adam Shostack on security, privacy, and economics") has an item from June 29, 2005 titled The Funeral of an American Soldier. This ultimately comes from a June 28, 2005 news story in the Los Angeles Times. The funeral was in a small Massachusetts town for a soldier who was killed in Iraq. What made it more newsworthy than some such funerals were the uninvited guests: Rev. Fred Phelps and some of his supporters, protesting. They were protesting not because the soldier was gay, although that would be bad enough. They're protesting because the United States is bad and that includes the war. They're bringing their protests to Massachusetts (which last time I looked was not in Kansas, or even close to it) because Massachusetts allows same-sex marriages. "We are protesting the sins of this nation," Shirley Phelps-Roper said. "That doesn't exclude him."

Anyone want to drive to Kansas and protest a church for being intolerant, insensitive, and un-Christian?



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Jul. 2nd, 2005 01:38 am (UTC)
Damn... talk about a rollercoaster of intentions...

1. Wanting to protest this particular war - good (usually).
2. Wanting to protest the war for THIS reason... ludicrous.
3. Showing up at a solider's funeral to do the above - asinine. (But I know that nos. 2 and 3 are the usual modus operandi for Phelps & Co.)
4. Drowning these schmucks out with bagpipes.... EXCELLENT!

I had always thought an air-horn brigade would be useful for dealing with the Freakas From Topeka - y'know, just a bunch of folks with earplugs blasting those canister-style horns anytime these folks made any noise louder than a cough. But 14 bagpipes would get the same job done - and be a LOT more tuneful.
Jul. 2nd, 2005 04:32 pm (UTC)
They don't actually want to protest the war, they were just being generally offensive in MA. Too bad they didn't end up in Southie, where they could have become part of the big dig.
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