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Ian David Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-29-05 07:10 PM
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13. Mr. Rogers' Funeral beseiged by Fred "God Hates Fags" Phelps
Edited on Sat Jan-29-05 07:41 PM by IanDB1
Pittsburgh bids farewell to Fred Rogers with moving public tribute
Sunday, May 04, 2003
Fred Rogers would have loved it.

By Barbara Vancheri and Rob Owen, Post-Gazette Staff Writers

A group of about a half dozen members of an anti-gay organization gathered at the intersection of Penn Avenue and Sixth Street to protest what they called Rogers' failure to condemn homosexuality. The group, which included an 8-year-old girl, held signs expressing their hatred of gays and, while standing on a torn American flag, their hatred of America.

They were met by about 150 counter-demonstrators, members of gay rights and peace groups, who marched along the sidewalks and sang songs from Rogers' program while holding signs calling for love and tolerance. While there were some heated exchanges, there were no arrests either there or at three other sites -- the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, the University of Pittsburgh and Chatham College.

The anti-gay group, members of the Westboro Baptist Church in Kansas, has a history of picketing at funerals of gays and those they accuse of being supportive of gays. It is led by Fred Phelps, a self-proclaimed minister and disbarred attorney. He was not present at the demonstration yesterday.


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Hall for the late Fred Rogers, the iconic host of Mister Rogers' Neighborhood ...

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First they came for Bert and Ernie

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