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Fri Feb 10, 2012, 11:51 PM

Westboro Baptist Backs Down!!! Tacoma, Washington stands up to hate!!! THANKS!!!!!

Last week two little boys were brutally gruesomely murdered by their father...midweek the hate spewers from Westboro Baptist Church had said that they would come and picket and protest at the boys' funeral.
The Phelps family has said Josh Powell blew up his house and killed the boys because Washington State voted for same sex marriage.

In a matter of 24 hours, over 2,600 folks had via social media committed to come and shield the family from these bigots. Folks all stripes D's, R's, religious, athiest, apolitical, LGBT, bikers, vets, Occupy Movement had all sounded a call for decency and dignity!!! Westboro Baptist and the Phelps family sent out a press release this afternoon saying that they have decided not to come to Tacoma after all.

What an amazing and joyful result to come out of such a tragedy. My heart is filled with the fact tha this town has stood up to these folks and went on record to say NO!!! No to hate, no to bigoty and no to making a travesty out of a solemn event.

THANKS TACOMA YOU'VE COME A LONG WAYS IN 20 YEARS!!!

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Reply Westboro Baptist Backs Down!!! Tacoma, Washington stands up to hate!!! THANKS!!!!! (Original post)
gopiscrap Feb 2012 OP
RKP5637 Feb 2012 #1
stevedeshazer Feb 2012 #2
mindwalker_i Feb 2012 #3
Ms. Toad Feb 2012 #5
MADem Feb 2012 #6
jsmirman Feb 2012 #9
WhoIsNumberNone Feb 2012 #14
nolabear Feb 2012 #4
Mopar151 Feb 2012 #7
trusty elf Feb 2012 #8
ck4829 Feb 2012 #10
davidpdx Feb 2012 #11
AlbertCat Feb 2012 #12
awoke_in_2003 Feb 2012 #15
WhoIsNumberNone Feb 2012 #13
Initech Feb 2012 #16

Response to gopiscrap (Original post)

Fri Feb 10, 2012, 11:53 PM

1. K&R !!! Excellent!!! n/t

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Response to gopiscrap (Original post)

Fri Feb 10, 2012, 11:53 PM

2. +1 n/t

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Response to gopiscrap (Original post)

Sat Feb 11, 2012, 12:23 AM

3. Phelps and his dudes don't hate anyone or anything

They don't give a flying fuck about gays, gay marriage, or any of that stuff. All they care about is pissing people off enough to get them to lose it, hit the Westboro people, so Phelps can sue. It's all about money. Nothing more.

It's actually a distillation of what the elected Republican's do. Boehner, Cantor, et all don't care about gay marriage, abortion, families, or any of that shit. What they care about is getting other people worked up enough to vote for said Republicans and possibly to go around yelling about liberals (the other people, not that the Republican "leaders" care what liberals believe).

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Response to mindwalker_i (Reply #3)

Sat Feb 11, 2012, 12:34 AM

5. You have apparently never gotten personal hate mail from them.

They have changed their tactics in recent years, but in the late 80s when I became one of the officers of a national LGTB group I received personal a personal hate mail welcome to the position by Fred Phelps. At that time, he made it a habit to collect any LGBT publications he could and send hate mail to anyone whose name and address was published in it.

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Response to mindwalker_i (Reply #3)

Sat Feb 11, 2012, 12:45 AM

6. Michael Moore got them good on his "The Awful Truth" show.

If you can dig that up, it's worth watching.

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Response to mindwalker_i (Reply #3)

Sat Feb 11, 2012, 05:37 AM

9. You're right about the repubs

but I don't think suing is WBC's game.

Isn't it all about chasing hateful publicity to have other hateful people pour money into what is essentially an outrageous 501(c)(3) father-daughter tax dodge that they snake their way into by putting the name "Church" on their spectacular brand of assholism?

I thought that was their thing.

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Response to jsmirman (Reply #9)

Sat Feb 11, 2012, 09:52 PM

14. It's a mix of things they're into

There have been a couple of defections from the Phelps clan, and they have told the stories. The Phelps's do make some of their money through filing lawsuits. I don't have the details, but I think they're pretty litigious. (One of the defectors claims that they ALL study law- it's the only profession allowed in the Phelps clan) Again, I don't have the details, but I read somewhere that some of their money comes from exploiting government grant programs and such. The also have the kids out selling stuff after school.

I doubt if they get very much money from donations, as just about everybody in the world seems to hate them- even hardcore fundies and neo-Nazis.

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Response to gopiscrap (Original post)

Sat Feb 11, 2012, 12:26 AM

4. I'm glad. They've gone through hell w/o Westboro making it worse.

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Response to gopiscrap (Original post)

Sat Feb 11, 2012, 12:55 AM

7. Sounds like they met their match. Hope this trend continues.

They typically threaten the local cops with lawsuit (Several of the Phelps' are lawyers) to gain their protection. I'm strong in defense of the 1st ammendment, but these spewers have perverted free speech for their own hateful ends.

I'd go for a pay-per- view to see Old Fred and his nasty daughter Margie beaten with the pick handle Fred used on his own boys.

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Response to gopiscrap (Original post)

Sat Feb 11, 2012, 05:31 AM

8. ......



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Response to gopiscrap (Original post)

Sat Feb 11, 2012, 08:51 AM

10. K&R

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Response to gopiscrap (Original post)

Sat Feb 11, 2012, 09:27 AM

11. It's nice to see people come together and act humanly about such a terrible tragedy

Too bad it can't happen more often.

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Response to gopiscrap (Original post)

Sat Feb 11, 2012, 09:32 PM

12. Obviously....

 

....the Josh Powell incidents ... AND the Westboro Baptists prove conclusively that:

Heterosexuals should not be allowed to raise children

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Response to AlbertCat (Reply #12)

Sun Feb 12, 2012, 03:07 AM

15. "Heterosexuals should not be allowed to raise children"

 

I have risen children, and have never taught any of them to be hateful.

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Response to gopiscrap (Original post)

Sat Feb 11, 2012, 09:38 PM

13. That's one thing everybody can agree on

Last edited Sat Feb 11, 2012, 10:23 PM - Edit history (1)

We all hate Westboro Baptist

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Response to gopiscrap (Original post)

Sun Feb 12, 2012, 02:52 PM

16. Excellent, it would have been an all time new low for them had they done that.

Not that they don't sink to new lows on a daily basis or anything...

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