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Westboro Baptist to Picket Jerry Falwell Funeral


The haters can't even stand each other.

Fred Phelps' Westboro Baptist Church has announced plans to picket the funeral of Reverend Jerry Falwell. They say: "WBC will preach at the memorial service of the corpulent false prophet Jerry Falwell, who spent his entire life prophesying lies and false doctrines like 'God loves everyone'. There is little doubt that Falwell split Hell wide open the instant he died. The evidence is compelling, overwhelming, and irrefragable."

According to their lovely website,,

"1. Falwell was a true Calvinistic Baptist when he was a young preacher in Springfield, Missouri, and sold his soul to Free-Willism (Arminianism) for lucre.

2. Falwell bitterly and viciously attacked WBC because of WBC's faithful Bible preaching -- thereby committing the unpardonable sin -- otherwise known as the sin against the Holy Ghost.

3. Falwell warmly praised Christ-rejecting Jews, pedophile-condoning Catholics, money-grubbing compromisers, practicing fags like Mel White, and backsliders like Billy Graham and Robert Schuler, etc. All for lucre -- making him guilty of their sins."

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  1. It will be interesting to see how many people, who sat in silence as Phelps picketed at the funerals of AIDS victims and homosexuals, will suddenly become outraged over the tactics of the dear Reverend Phelps.

    Interestingly enough, Phelps just puts on signs and parades on the streets, the VERY SAME messages that Jerry Falwell professed from the pulpit and on every mainstream news show that offered him a platform. Jerry just did it in a little bit "kinder and gentler" AND MORE DANGEROUS way.

    Posted by: Zeke | May 16, 2007 12:52:08 PM

  2. I don't know what's going on with the Towleroad comment program but I didn't post that comment twice.

    Accept my apologies anyway.

    Posted by: Zeke | May 16, 2007 12:57:03 PM

  3. Irrefragable is a real word, they spelled it correctly... it's less-archaic cousin is "irrefutable". ORIGIN: mid 16th cent.: from late Latin irrefragabilis, from in- ‘not’ + refragari ‘oppose.’

    @dave.o: lucre is money... and it's normally found in the phrase "filthy lucre".

    Posted by: Zachary Fish | May 16, 2007 12:57:39 PM

  4. Let them cannibalize themselves. They'll save us the trouble of having to take them out.

    Posted by: MT | May 16, 2007 1:05:31 PM

  5. Now we know it's true. They eat their young!

    Posted by: Pugzz | May 16, 2007 1:15:05 PM

  6. The Other Jeff,

    Agreed! It is ON!!!

    Still laughing about that. Thanks for making my morning! :)

    Posted by: JR | May 16, 2007 1:21:46 PM

  7. thanks, zeke. if only there were a simple way to look stuff up, check the factual basis of what you're saying before you say it, errors and ignorance would disappear, and peace and love for all would blanket the earth.

    Now what were we talking about again?

    Posted by: greg,irg | May 16, 2007 1:25:00 PM

  8. d'oh, I don't know what that greg,irg guy's talking about, but I'm glad Zach cleared up the vocab. Though I still like the 'cannot be fragged' idea, especially given the 'shoot your leader in the back' resonance of this story.

    Posted by: | May 16, 2007 1:29:36 PM

  9. And here I was calling out Jesse Jackson and Sharpton for their blatant opportunism concerning Imus-gate, These WBC people will even publicly picket their own for a few morsels of attention.

    Posted by: Derrick | May 16, 2007 1:36:03 PM

  10. say what you want about phelps but you gotta admire his ability to consistently stay on message. that, is *focus*.

    Posted by: bmac | May 16, 2007 1:48:35 PM

  11. Greg, I assume that your comment to me was intended for Zach.

    Posted by: Zeke | May 16, 2007 1:48:46 PM

  12. Okay, if you didn't think he was crazy before you certainly know now.

    Posted by: shane | May 16, 2007 1:52:31 PM

  13. Pollyannaism is alive if not well. "Southern Voice editor Laura Douglas-Brown" joins sometime gay activist Lynn Cothren in a folie a deux that Jerry Falwell was GOOD FOR US for us by inciting our anger and inspiring support in "mainstream America," Were they born yesterday? Do they not get that Falwell was an architect of the antigay industry that has succeeded repeatedly in not just blocking our struggles for full equality but newly inculcated in law our inequality? I would rather celebrate victory in local and regional skirmishes while a national and international Culture War never developed than our angry reaction—which Douglas-Brown and Cothren grossly exaggerate just as they do our number of mainstream allies. World War II generated an unprecedented rebuilding of the US economy after the Depression. Should we be thankful for World War II?

    The autoerotic climax in Douglas-Brown's inane "Thank You, Jerry Falwell" column is quoting Todd Ferrell, president of the pro-gay Evangelical Network, imagining Falwell now surrounded by gay and lesbian angels IN HEAVEN!!! More proof we are our own worst enemies.

    Posted by: Leland | May 16, 2007 1:54:36 PM


    Posted by: TONY | May 16, 2007 1:55:33 PM

  15. Speechless!

    Posted by: dave | May 16, 2007 1:55:56 PM

  16. Fred Phelps is the logical extension of the hatred Falwell preached his whole life. These are his chickens come home to roost, as is the Falwell villification occuring in blogs across the country.

    Posted by: adamblast | May 16, 2007 1:57:50 PM

  17. Girrrrrlllll... it's on up in here.

    Posted by: Brian | May 16, 2007 2:03:52 PM

  18. I swear, Phelps looks like that creepy old guy in the Poltergeist sequel.

    Posted by: 000000 | May 16, 2007 2:10:48 PM

  19. This situation- incidentally- is why the founders seperate church from state. it wasn't to protect Christians from the Atheists and Secularists. It was to protect them from each other. They had seen the protean like nature of Christianity, and how each time someone came up with a new 'ulitimate truth' under Protestantism, the result was more bloodshed and oppression for the new group, and then that new group would proceed to do the same to the next new group and on and on.

    Posted by: akaison | May 16, 2007 3:12:32 PM

  20. Good for ole Fred. Apparently he doesn't know that hate attacks are contagious.

    Posted by: kansastock | May 16, 2007 3:20:21 PM

  21. AKAISON, WOW, that's pretty profound stuff. I had really never thought of it that way but it's pretty obvious that you hit the nail on the head there.

    Posted by: Zeke | May 16, 2007 3:29:06 PM

  22. James Franco is so freaking HOT!

    nothing to do with the topic but I couldn't resist.

    Posted by: ReasonBased | May 16, 2007 3:54:26 PM

  23. The creepy old guy in the "Poltergeist" sequel was played by the late Julian Beck -- who was gay.

    Phelps of course is quite obviously gay.

    Posted by: David Ehrenstein | May 16, 2007 4:01:36 PM

  24. "God Hates Jerry Falwell!"


    Posted by: anon | May 16, 2007 4:16:17 PM

  25. It's sad to see how far the information age has gone. This list is filled with comments from people who know nothing about Jerry Falwell other than the occasional backlash they see about him on CNN or CBS. You take what little information you have from a biased sorce and run with it like you knew what the guy stood for. I personally witnessed Jerry Falwell's message of Christ love for everyone. He was adamant about separating the sins of someone and the soul of someone. He truly hated sin and truly loved the people that sinned. So please for a moment before you run your uninformed slanderous mouths.

    Posted by: Ryan Mercer | May 16, 2007 4:51:32 PM

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