It looks to be quite a complex issue
It looks to be quite a complex issue
Europe is in the midst of disaster, only, they do not realize.
Words cannot describe how much I despise the man at the center of this family cult. One of the sons managed to break free and has shared stories of the awful abuse (which included being hit with a mattock) and brainwashing that took place. If you want to find an example of evil, you need look no further than Fred Phelps.
Oh, and what makes the groups's views more disturbing than the usual conservative Christian approach to homosexuality (which is also wrong) is that they don't even believe that the people they scream about can be saved. Their view is that gays are doomed to Hell and there is no hope of salvation regardless of any repentance. Basically, they are going, " Haha, you're going to Hell." They even keep track of how long certain deceased "sodomites" and their "enablers" have been in Hell. Very ugly people.
They are actually a family former law firm and what they gain are the lawsuits the file against those who try to limit their free speech.
Fred Phelps is a Con Man
he most telling tale about all of Phelp's behavior is the schedule he keeps, and the company he keeps as well. The parties sometimes split up and go to two separate state funerals to maximize the profitability of them. There are, at maximum, twelve members to the party. They never stay more than thirty minutes (I assume they realize that someone will do something to them the MOMENT they come out of the vans, and really, after that, they get their camera shots to cause the outrage for the next stop, and then they move on) to maximize their profits, because time is money, and really, they're not interested in the message, because they're just interested in the lawsuit.
See? They don't believe this stuff. If they did, they wouldn't have come to Coretta Scott King's funeral. Because in their doctrine, they don't believe that G-d hates black people who tried to promote Christianity. So why were they there? They were there to make a buck when someone slipped up. They were there to petition the police department for a right to protest, and if they didn't get it, take them to court over it.
Basically, Phelps is playing the Ken Lay, Karl Rove, "Smartest Man in the Room" game where he is willing to do anything (if it be lying or stealing, or telling you God hates you) to make himself rich and powerful. This is his scheme, and admittedly, it's clever, but just downright evil to promote so much hatred in the world.
... the 20th century has been characterized by three developments of great political importance: The growth of democracy, the growth of corporate power, and the growth of corporate propaganda as a means of protecting corporate power against democracy.
Australian social scientist, quoted by Noam Chomsky in World Orders Old and New
Ahh, Connecticut is getting a Phelps infestation? There is a cure for that.
Kill bugs dead with it!!
The ghost of Jack Kevorkian for President's Physician: 2016
Greatness lies not in being strong, but in the right use of strength - Henry Ward Beecher
Baby sister, I was born game and I intend to go out that way - Rooster Cogburn
One method to stop this has been employed in the past.
It is to get a list of those who plan on participating, getting there phone numbers and have folks from all over the world call them. Call them in support,
Say that you agree with what the protest and you and your friends want to all call to offer support. If you find out they will not be attending then you will refuse to call them again.
Time flies like an arrow; Fruit flies like a banana. - Groucho
aside from the outrage I feel over people who are so empathetically bankrupt and who are able to hide under the first amendment, my question is this : why are they still able to call themselves Baptists? can anyone just start a church and call it Baptist? Baptists don't believe in what this monster Phelps is doing, I'm sure.
Phelps and his spawn love the attention and will announce that they will be protesting at a Marine's funeral and get folks stirred up and then not show. The solution is not to give them the attention they crave, but how do we do this?
Fiddling While Rome Burns
Carthago Delenda Est
"I used to roll the dice; see the fear in my enemies' eyes... listen as the crowd would sing, 'now the old king is dead, Long Live the King.'.."