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kweerwolf Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-16-05 10:37 PM
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70. I understand what you're saying, but ...
Edited on Sun Oct-16-05 10:38 PM by kweerwolf
... Phelps never has a big crowd behind him. His "church" is mostly his family members. At most there are probably 40 members of the church and when they travel to picket there are usually 0 or fewer of them at most.

Since Phelps and most of his kids have law degrees, they know just how far they can push the envelope. They are publicity hungry and they hope to incite someone to attack them so they can cry "victim!" and "persecution" and then file lawsuits.

Violence is not Phelps' style ... hoping to incite violence in other is.

The best ways to deal with Phelps if you are even near one of his "protests" ...

1. Ignore him and walk right by like he doesn't exist. This denies him any sort of reaction that reinforces his desire for attention.

2. Point at the rag-tag bunch and laugh uproariously. You may have to deal with catcalls from his inbred clan, but you are letting him know that you think he's a buffoon not to be taken seriously.

3. Pass around a "hate pledge" asking people to donate for every minute that Phelps protests. Then make sure that he knows that by being there he actually helping is opponents.

In the long-run, Phelps has actually helped LGBT rights more than he's hurt them. When Kansas City was working on an LGBT-inclusive human rights ordinance in '93 Freddie and his gang started coming here to picket. As a result, the "fence-sitters" on the city council were so enraged by Phelps' tactics that they adopted the ordinance unanimously. For many people who have not given much thought to LGBT issues, Phelps is the best weapon we have to show the kinds of whackjobs we face out there.
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