Friday, January 25, 2008

go away now

Sometimes when I don't hear about something for a while, I secretly hope that it's stopped, gone away. Unfortunately, not having heard about Fred Phelps for a bit didn't mean that he had grown a heart and a brain. You would have to expect that someone who speaks like he does would believe in hell. I don't actually believe in it but, if I did, I would imagine that someone like Fred Phelps would end up there for the pain he's inflicted on folks over the years.

Shame on you Fred Phelps.

Heath Ledger's Funeral Is No Place For Bigots

New York, NY, January 24, 2008
The Anti-Defamation League (ADL), responding to the Westboro Baptist Church's plan to turn Heath Ledger's death into a homophobic spectacle, said the actor's funeral "should be no place for haters, and especially a gay basher like Fred Phelps."

Phelps and his virulently homophobic church have vowed to picket the actor's funeral, objecting to what they view as the actor's support of homosexuality through his starring role in the film "Brokeback Mountain." It is a time-honored strategy for Phelps, a notorious hater who uses high-profile funerals as a means to promote his unique brand of bigotry to the masses.

"It is time to say to Fred Phelps and his ilk, enough is enough," said Abraham H. Foxman, ADL National Director. "Heath Ledger's funeral should be no place for haters, and especially a gay basher like Fred Phelps. It is outrageous that the Westboro Baptist Church would attempt to turn the untimely and sad death of a Hollywood celebrity into a homophobic spectacle."

Since the summer of 2005, the Topeka, Kansas-based Westboro Baptist Church has picketed the funerals of soldiers killed in Iraq and Afghanistan with placards reading "Thank God for Dead Soldiers." Phelps believes that the soldiers represent a nation tolerant of homosexuality, and their deaths are God's punishment for their sins. The group also routinely rails against Jews, Catholics and other minority faiths.

In October 2007, a federal court ordered the group to pay $11 million to the father of a slain Marine after it was found guilty of violating a right to privacy and inflicting intentional emotional distress.

Members of the WBC first gained national notoriety when they appeared at the funeral of gay murder victim Matthew Shepard bearing signs reading "No Fags in Heaven" and "God Hates Fags."

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