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cali Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-22-09 07:13 AM
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Sigh. But of course they are. Church says it will picket Richardson's funeral

By EMILY GUENDELSBERGER
Philadelphia Daily News

guendee@phillynews.com

THOSE CHARMERS from Westboro Baptist Church in Topeka, Kan., better known as those people parading around with "God Hates Fags" signs, are at it again: The group says it will picket the funeral of Natasha Richardson, the Tony-winning actress and wife of Liam Neeson who died after a skiing accident Wednesday at the age of 45.

With the same verve, bizarre capitalization and disconnect with reality typical of its news releases, WBC announced:

"God appointed the Bunny Slope to Ensnare the Simple Sluts of Doomed America! Thank God for the Bunny Slope of Cursed Quebec, Canada!"

Westboro Baptist Church, with a congregation of about 70 members, seems to do little but try to get its message into the news via picketing random media-heavy events. It tends to get the most outraged news coverage for turning up at funerals for American soldiers killed in action. It started doing that in 2005. It also recently picketed the 2008 inauguration, the pope's visit to America last April and the National Holocaust Museum.

Besides Richardson, who the church says has been targeted because of her donations to AIDS research, her marriage to Liam Neeson, (it's not his first) and her involvement in theater, which the church sees as a haven for homosexuality (SatTatt could not even make this up), Westboro Baptist Church has also said it would demonstrate outside the funerals of the following disparate people:

Matthew Shepard, Heath Ledger, Jerry Falwell, the 50 people who died in the recent Buffalo plane crash, Coretta Scott King, Fred "Mr." Rogers, Bernie Mac, Tony Snow, Obama's grandmother Madelyn Payne Dunham, four Boy Scouts killed in a sudden storm in Iowa, dozens of soldiers who died in Iraq or Afghanistan, and Gordon B. Hinckley, former president of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints;

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http://www.philly.com/philly/hp/news_update/20090321_Ch...

What is there to say about this insane bunch of inbred cretins?
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madaboutharry Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-22-09 07:17 AM
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1. They can't even get their facts straight.
Well, it was Neeson's first marriage and her second.

These people are mentally ill. I hope they get arrested.
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globalvillage Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-22-09 07:19 AM
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2. Good Lord, these people are nuts.
How do they believe this has anything to do with the teachings of Christ? It's bizarre beyond words.

I do love the caption beneath the photo of Natasha Richardson:
Westboro Baptist Church will picket Broadway actress Natasha Richardson's funeral for a variety of reasons, all of them stupid.
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madokie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-22-09 07:21 AM
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3. Who the fuck give those people money to keep this going is what I want to know
Well, I really don't give a shit who they are other than to say they are some scary ass people.
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Brazenly Liberal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-22-09 07:27 AM
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6. That's exactly what I was asking!
Who is funding these people? I think it might matter a lot. Living and travel expenses for that group are nothing to sneeze at. They can't hold regular jobs and still be available to push hatred all over the country. I don't believe they are likely to get by on small donations from individual hatemongers. If there's a deep pocket, that person/group should be exposed for what they are.
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madokie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-22-09 07:41 AM
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11. True that
I sorta mis-spoke when I typed that I didn't care. Its the check writer in this case who needs to be dealt with. :hi:
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Ian David Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-22-09 07:49 AM
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12. They don't accept donations. It's all run and paid for by the Phelps family. n/t
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madokie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-22-09 08:06 AM
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14. Independently wealthy and crazy
In other words it has to be someones family left them some things of value. Now I'm interested, where does the money come from?
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rpannier Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-22-09 07:24 AM
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4. They really have become a parody of themselves
No SNL skit or Jon Stewart monologue could make these people any more ridiculous and silly then they've become.

They have crossed over into being just flat out pathetic.
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RagAss Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-22-09 07:27 AM
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5. Thank you...."Pathetic" was the word I was looking for when I read the OP..
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Brazenly Liberal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-22-09 07:32 AM
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10. Normally, I would agree with you
but when they show up at funerals, they have chosen to focus that hatred on people who are already in an emotionally painful state. If they showed up at my house today, I'd find them ridiculous and mock them. If the showed up at the funeral of someone I love, I don't know if I could view them as objectively.

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jeff30997 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-22-09 07:28 AM
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7. Cursed Quebec , Canada !
So according to those pathetic vultures I'm living in a cursed province.Wow! It would be funny if it

was not so infuriating to see those idiots making something as painful as the death of a loved one

even worst just to get media attention. :puke:
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remember2000forever Donating Member (594 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-22-09 07:51 AM
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13. I lived in Quebec for a year.
THE BEST food, people, culture, clothes, flowers and let's never forget all those Boulangeries on every corner. I envy you. I'd still be there but Quebec City, yes I petitioned, would not let me send my son to an English school in Morin Heights. I regret my decision to leave.
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Jennicut Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-22-09 07:28 AM
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8. They cannot let the poor woman rest in peace and let her husband and family
grieve without this crap? Utterly disgusting when they do this do people.
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Cirque du So-What Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-22-09 07:32 AM
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9. They're not insane nor are they stupid
They're lawyers, albeit sleazy ones who think they've found a Golden Ticket...if only they could cash it! Including Phelps himself, at least seven members of his family have practiced law at some time. My theory is that the Phelps family wants to get arrested or to have their civil rights infringed, providing an opening for lawsuits and monetary compensation.
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Berry Cool Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-22-09 08:23 AM
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15. I would beg to differ with you about "insane" and "stupid," but it's true that they're lawyers.
THAT is where their money comes from...filing and winning lawsuits defending their First Amendment right to do whatever they please every time someone tries to stop them. They welcome any legal attempt to stop them because they can then file a lawsuit, win, and get scads of money for it. It's a great way to make a living as far as they're concerned.

I would really like to see a group of "Angels" like the ones that came along at one of the Buffalo plane-crash funerals show up at every single public appearance they make and surround them and drown them out.
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TheMightyFavog Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-22-09 08:35 AM
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20. There was an expose on Phelps done a while back...
Edited on Sun Mar-22-09 08:37 AM by TheMightyFavog
It claimed that Phelps bilked a bunch of fundraising candy companies out of a bunch of money. He forced his kids to go out and sell candy 12+ hours a day, if the kids did not make quote, he beat the shit out of them.

http://www.blank.org/addict/
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spanone Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-22-09 08:24 AM
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16. these are some sick fucks...lobotomized idiots
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TWiley Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-22-09 08:25 AM
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17. Fuck church people. I am sick of their crap.
I have detected no discernable good coming from all those tax free dollars. Time to change the rules and tax the bastards.
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cali Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-22-09 08:35 AM
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19.  um, WBC is not "church people" And in Vermont last week
over 200 religious leaders stood up for marriage equality. Want to "fuck" all of them too? Of course you do. Irrational hate like yours always does.
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moriah Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-22-09 08:33 AM
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18. The only thing I can say is, if I want the right to protest....
... that as much as I hate those motherfuckers, and believe with all of my heart that if there is a God and a Hell that S/He will send them there, that they have the right to do what they do.

I still wish I had the right to beat the shit out of them, but alas I don't.
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rucky Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-22-09 08:54 AM
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21. Parents: Give your children lots of attention
or they could wind up like the Phelpses
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etherealtruth Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-22-09 09:42 AM
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26. ... or at very least provide
mental health care at the very first signs of insanity.

Jeesh ... I am always at a loss when it comes to these psychos.
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jeff30997 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-22-09 09:21 AM
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22. I have a satellite pic of their "Church"
They seem to make a lot of dough:



I can picture myself peeing in that pool. :evilgrin:

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Vickers Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-22-09 09:23 AM
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23. "God appointed the Bunny Slope"

:rofl:

Hateful insanity...just like Jesus preached.
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NashVegas Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-22-09 09:25 AM
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24. I'm Sure They'll Get a NY Welcome
...
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lilgayghostgirl Donating Member (38 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-22-09 09:28 AM
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25. We ran them out of Buffalo last month. They picketed the memorials of Flight 3407...
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H2O Man Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-22-09 10:05 AM
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27. They are obscene.
If there is such a thing as evil, they are the definition. While I do not believe that violence is usually a good answer to "conflict," I am sure that if they showed up in this area (upstate NY) and attempted to disrupt a funeral, they would be lucky to have the police escort them away uninjured.
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lilgayghostgirl Donating Member (38 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-22-09 10:14 AM
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28. Where in Upstate?
They were in Buffalo, Albany and Plattsburgh last month!

See my previous post. We ran them out of Buffalo and I believe they did in Albany as well.
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marshall Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-22-09 10:29 AM
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29. They reached rock bottom a LONG time ago!
There's no shock value to anything they do. Picekting Richardson's funeral is far from the worst they've done. So in a sense they've lost their power to make any sort of public statement and all they can do now is torment greiving families.

I can't think of anything they might do that would be any more shocking than what they have already done--picketing the Boy Scouts funerals, picketing 9/11 funerals, etc. And they cast a wide net by picketing both Falwell's and Hinkley's funerals, and they also despise and denigrate Billy Graham.
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rpannier Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-22-09 11:08 PM
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30. The only thing they have left
is to start picketing their own funerals.
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