Westboro Baptist Church Organizes Homophobic Anti-Obama Protest Outside Sasha And Malia’s School
Source: Think Progress
Westboro Baptist Church Organizes Homophobic Anti-Obama Protest Outside Sasha And Malia’s School
Fred Phelps’ Westboro Baptist Church is a hate group that goes around the country staging anti-gay rallies at some of the most inappropriate places (e.g. the funerals of former White House press secretary Tony Snow, victims of the Minneapolis bridge collapse, and U.S. troops) with messages like “Thank God For AIDS” and “God Hates Fags.”
This week, they’re bringing their hateful message to children in Washington, DC, planning pickets at a handful of local schools. This morning, they showed up outside of Sidwell Friends, the school that Sasha and Malia Obama attend. On Twitter, Megan Phelps-Roper — one of Fred Phelps’ grandchildren — posted a picture of the protest:
Washington Post education reporter Michael Birnbaum said that he spent the morning at the protest, and MSNBC host David Shuster wrote, “Hopefully, some of the more rational conservatives/republicans will condemn this stuff today. It was beyond the pale.” ThinkProgress contacted Sidwell for more details on the protest and are awaiting a response.
In the past, extreme anti-choice activist Randall Terry has also targeted the Obama children’s school, saying, “We will continue to show images of aborted babies at high schools, no matter what the cost.”
46. I join in the sentiment, but free speech is often uncomfortable,
even when it has a decidedly unpleasant impact on school kids.
By the same token, I would love for all faith healing to be banned as criminal, but that won't happen. Or barring federal funds for those sick purity balls where daddums has his virginal young daughter pledge her vagina to him for safekeeping.
The westboro lunatics are part of no party or larger ideological group. They exist in their own little fantasy world.
And in general terms I would say going after a politicians family (regardless of what you think of that person) is wrong, for anyone, of any ideology, and allows for one surefire way to identify extremists who should be ignored.
They encourage this rabble. They like to see us change colors in disgust and/or rage. they think they are scoring points by grossing us out. And with a certain type of personality, the anti-social type, they do.
41. I disagree in part, there are some voices within the Republican party
that are aware that they will lose more seats the longer they remain fixed to the extreme nuts in their party. Steele backpeddled and apologized to Rush Limbaugh, but that does not change the fact that they know what will cost them future elections. Romney is staying far away from speaking out for the social conservative causes right now too. Some of them are reading the writing on the wall.
A man fames for sending his cult to the street with disinformation about what the Democratic Party believes in and says to pump him up at Democratic Party expense.
A cowbird is a cowbird, whether it is stealing a nest from another bird's chicks which it pushes out of the nest with that bird still feeding it or an old con man using a political party as the vehicle for his propaganda, or even cretins like this degenerate trash called the Phelps Clan.
These people are pure poison, and they deseve the bad luck sure to eventually come there way that ends their crap.
Fred Phelps has been a staunch Democrat from day one. Al Gore is possibly the one doing the cringing; Fred Phelps family hosted a Gore fundraiser and Fred Phelps Jr. was a Gore delegate to the 1988 Democratic National Convention.
Sometimes, living with the big tent has its drawbacks, but if healthcare passes, maybe the entire Phelps clan can now get treated for syphilis.
39. Oh come on be serious here, the majority of his group is his family,
and in no way do their views reflect that of the Democratic party, but his views do find favor with the base of the Republican party and the RNC knows it. The GOP brand of politics is losing them elections, look at upstate NY, and the Governorship in Virginia went to a Republican who ran to the center, not a duplicate of the nutty shit that Palllin preaches.
72. They are a small fringe group, that is true, with the exception of
the groups displays at soldiers funerals, the base of the GOP speak in concert with Phelps on abortion and gays, and as I stated previously, Pallin and her crowd do their bashing a bit more discreetly.
92. According to Phelps he supported Gore back in 1988.
Support for Al Gore
Phelps supported Al Gore in the 1988 Democratic Party primary election.<62> In his 1984 Senate race, Gore opposed a "gay bill of rights" and stated that homosexuality was not something that "society should affirm".<63> Phelps has stated that he supported Gore because of these earlier comments.<64> According to Phelps, members of the Westboro Baptist Church helped run Gore's 1988 campaign in Kansas. Phelps' son, Fred Phelps Jr., hosted a Gore fundraiser at his home in Topeka and was a Gore delegate to the 1988 Democratic National Convention.<16> Gore spokesman Dag Vega declined to comment; "We are not dignifying those stories with a response."<65>
93. I've some relatives on the Repug side and they abhor Phelps.
They generally favor a strong law stating that anyone killing someone in the act of protesting a Soldier's funeral should be fined a large sum, perhaps $3.29, sentenced to 6 1/2 minutes in the custody of the county sheriff and forced to be present at a ceremony to receive the key to the city.
Strict laws like this might deter Phelps, along with billboards saying "Fred, all your dead ancestors suck cocks in hell* - and your turn is coming"
Most of the Phelps clan are attorneys and are sue happy. Infringe on their right - they sue. They sue you and all big pockets associated with the incident. City, police, school board... A simple push and shove incident gets blown up into big deal.
32. I never agree to rounding up protestors...but this is unacceptable.
They need to be rounded up, strip searched, imprisoned until they have someone vouch for them, maybe fined, and then I want all of them on file for investigation. I see this as a threat against children----I don'tknow why protesting in front of the school of the President. It's unacceptable. Has this EVER happpened to another Presidet?! No. Disgusting...and no one. NO ONE. Should condone this. I wonder what Shep Smith is gonna say to this.
57. Must be that three hour martini lunch at Goldman's again.............
.......you always seem to "insert" yourself into racial, income inequality and now just "crazy motherfucker" debates. You should try to become a master of ur debates. I think that would be a good calling for someone of your obvious socio/political leaning.
33. Disclaimer (to start off with): I think these wackjobs are OTT looney and their actions despicable.
Are we clear on that?
Because, that said, the number of people in this thread calling for violence against them, explicit, nasty, fatal violence, sickens me.
We live in a nation founded on principles that include freedom of expression AND the rule of law. And we as a species have been, for thousands of years, trying to evolve solutions for unacceptable human behavior that do NOT amount to atavistic, just-kill-'em violence. And we as Democrats have been professing our belief in the Constitution, which guarantees due process and the rule of law, and our belief in the power of government to benefit ALL of the community by (among other things) enforcing laws and establishing and promoting positive social patterns.
I do not like these wackos and I think what they are doing is lower than low, totally unacceptable, and disgusting. But I think there are many alternative solutions to blowing them away, burning their "church" with them in it, etc.
And I would really, really like to think that one of the things we at DU can contribute to the positive agenda of a healthy society is the promotion of (at least) somewhat-evolved responses to vile drivelsome behavior from troglodytes.
If what he has done to his own children (i.e. beatings with a pick handle) was done to him in public...... Would that be an evolved response? Really, I'd be fine whth schackling the lot of them in the prisoner's dock, And Judge Barney Frank lettin' the good times roll.....
55. they are supposed to be at my kids HS this Thursday.
We are about 20 miles outside of St Louis. They say they are targeting our school because the community has honored a fallen soldier that graduated from there. There is a rally planned at a church, but it is about 4 miles down the road. I plan to take time to go see what happens. Many in the community are angry. It sounds like the cops are more interested in what the counter protesters are going to do. I think I want to go just to make sure no one gets in trouble. And I plan on putting a poster that says "all you need is love" on my van.
While I think going after the kids is farther beyond the pale than anything they have done yet, it might not be such a bad thing, they just might get to meet the Secret Service in an up close and personal way :evilgrin:
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