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God hates…

I’ve been reading the text of this speech by Nate Phelps, son of controversial Westboro Baptist Church pastor Fred Phelps. Clearly, the guy got dealt a pretty bum hand family-wise. And you’d have to admire the way he has overcome that and built a normal life for himself. But isn’t it rather bizarre that his speaking out is regarded as some sort of propaganda coup for opponents of the Westboro Church? I mean, for Christ’s sake, Phelps Sr. has picketed the funerals of 911 victims and soldiers killed in Iraq. He thinks Ronald Reagan, Bill O’Reilly and Coretta Scott King will all burn in hell as “fag enablers.” He is responsible for the God Hates Ireland website. (Watch the video – they do a sort of Riverdance on the Irish flag!) Do his critics really need any more ammunition? Are they that insecure? Do they really need that re-enforcement? The man is a troll. The most articulate response to him is none at all.

April 6th, 2010.

14 Responses to “God hates…”

  1. alan Says:

    If Fred Phelps and his family are demonstrating outside Cherly Coles house what does the sign say?

  2. Dan Says:

    @ alan : God hates WAGS!!

  3. Eoin Says:

    Ahh… Okay. If Fred Phelps and his family demonstrated outside the UN what would their signs say then?

  4. gueuleton Says:

    God hates non-binding resolutions?

  5. Eoin Says:


    God hates flags.

  6. gueuleton Says:

    D’oh. Okay then what’s the slogan if Phelps demonstrated outside David James Elliot’s house?

  7. gueuleton Says:

    P.s. Eoin you once threatened to punch someone for *sighing* at you in the comments. Remember?


  8. Eoin Says:

    God hates JAG!

    David James Elliot actually played Elaine’s boyfriend in the Poppy-pees-on-the-couch episode of Seinfeld.

  9. mairead Says:

    What if Phelps protested outside Prada factory?

  10. Eoin Says:

    Hmmm…. God hates handbags?

  11. dave Says:


  12. mairead Says:

    I was going to say “God hates bags” but that’s okay too I suppose.

  13. David Says:

    This kind of illustrates your point. The Fox News wan here takes an indignant “just what is your problem”-type tone and ends up almost looking as ridiculous as the westboro lady.
    It’s hard to just ignore them when they’re picketing funerals of dead soldiers. I think the best response is to find some anti-hate crime law under which to prosecute them, and just lock ’em up.

  14. Eoin Says:

    Well, this is the point. The Fox News lady has already determined – correctly – that the Westboro woman is crazy, so why the fuck does she invite her on the show? (“After the break, I’ll be shouting at the horse that paralysed Christopher Reeve…”)

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