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Group Plans Anti-Violence Fundraiser to Counter Picket of Arizona Funerals by Westboro Baptist Church

The Westboro Baptist Church is, of course, planning to picket the funerals of those slain in Tucson over the weekend. One group plans to raise money for the anti-violence project of Southern California during Phelps' picket.

Chris Mason, Director of, writes, in a press release:

Phelps "The lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) advocacy group, Progressive Approach, is hosting an online PHELPS-A-THON to counter-protest the Westboro Baptist Church’s (WBC) picket of the funeral of the victims of the recent shooting in Arizona. The WBC is protesting the funerals because they believe God sent the shooter to punish America for its tolerance of LGBT people. During their own protest, the Westboro Baptist Church will in fact be raising money for Wingspan, the Anti-Violence Project of Southern Arizona. The website, is collecting pledges online for every minute WBC pickets the funeral. The longer they protest, the more money they will raise."

More info on the fundraiser here.

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  1. The Anti-Christ is here and Westboro Baptist Church and their members have been taken over by it. It seems pretty obvious that Fred Phelps could very well be the Anti-Christ. Beware all who fear him for he shall destroy the earth and defeat God himself. And all love will be banished from the face of the now-charred earth.

    Posted by: Pointed | Jan 10, 2011 1:31:06 PM

  2. This man is downright dangerous and he should be in a mental hospital. How sickening he is as a person to actually believe that a mass murderer is sent from God.

    Posted by: Dr. Christopher Blackwell | Jan 10, 2011 1:41:16 PM

  3. I'm a bit confused here. Aren't the WBC in favour of violence. Why are they collecting money for an anti-violence project?

    Posted by: tarxien | Jan 10, 2011 1:46:12 PM

  4. Sooner or later, these extremists will get exactly the reception they deserve at one of their 'Constitutionally-sanctioned' events, rather than the response to which they are 'legally entitled'.

    It just breaks my heart to see the law bend over backwards to protect these incestuous assholes, because they claim to follow some fuckered-up religion, when normal Americans are left to fend for themselves, thinking 'WTF?!?!'

    Why hasn't anyone ever launched a protest on them??

    Posted by: MikeInSanJose | Jan 10, 2011 1:51:11 PM

  5. Dr. Christopher wonders: "How sickening he is as a person to actually believe that a mass murderer is sent from God."

    The Biblical God killed every human except Noah and his immediate family during the Flood.

    He killed all of the residents of Sodom and Gomorrah.

    He killed all of the first born sons in Egypt unless there was a mark on the door.

    He allowed Herod's soldiers to kill all of the infant boys in the Holy Land.

    The Biblical God is a mass murderer already.

    Posted by: homer | Jan 10, 2011 2:24:03 PM

  6. @Tarxien: The organization, Progressive Approach, is collecting money for every minute that the phelps clan pickets...thereby making the phelps clan become the unwilling participant in the anti-violence campaign.

    Posted by: JZN | Jan 10, 2011 2:26:17 PM

  7. Oh, look, Fred Phelps has put a "surveyor's mark" over Uncle Sam.

    Posted by: Dastius Krazitauc | Jan 10, 2011 2:57:23 PM

  8. Christian Ethics Made Plain: 1)-Study the scripture, and the division it provokes among people as they try to live amongst one another. 2)-Come to the rational conclusion that it is all lies, designed to promote division among these people, for someone's (gods?) personal gain. 3)-consider the possibilities of said lies, and all of the worldly gain one can achieve by sowing discord amongst otherwise loving neighbors! 4)-Apply lies to your daily life, now that you are an unbeliever with the knowledge of a dangerously inflammatory lore, and watch as your householdings grow, grow, grow!Over those of your formerly hospitable, now terrified, neighbors. 5)- sit back and think to your scummy, slandering, racketeering self, "if sociopathy is this easy, why don't more people try it?".

    This has been a public service announcement, for more info, click on Peace (if you dare)

    Posted by: SeriouslySick | Jan 10, 2011 3:06:25 PM

  9. one day if there is a god phelps and family be on the receiving end of this violence. these people should be taxed out of existence. remember it is your tax dollars allowing them to travel all over the country spreading hate. i can't wait to celebrate the death of freddie and his clan. strike up yhe band bring on the drag queens and leatherboys and then all walk around and piss on his grave.

    Posted by: walter | Jan 10, 2011 3:26:03 PM

  10. I really think this is an awesome idea that organizations should exploit each and every time there is a Phelps clan protest of any sort. Afterwards, charities should mass publicize how much money the Phelps clan raised for the cause(s) they were protesting against. Ultimately they'll have to protest themselves, and then maybe they'll simply just disappear.

    Posted by: Phil M. | Jan 10, 2011 4:20:43 PM

  11. Fred Phelps is a delusional megalomanical lunatic and his followers are all idiots.

    Posted by: Ninong | Jan 10, 2011 4:59:03 PM

  12. What a wonderful performance art act they are, very outsider art. If we could tame it, the Chelsea art scene would eat it up!

    They are a bunch of backwoods clowns that get constant press coverage every time they so much as do ANYTHING. They have such a schtick and know how to up the ante for attention.

    The only way to be rid of them is to have press agencies ignore them. But that won't happen because the Phelps Freak Show = page views. If you're reading this, it's because you clicked in to see what the Phelps family is doing next.

    We're all culpable in their bullshit; if we turned it off to a dull roar, they would melt away.

    Posted by: Gregoire | Jan 10, 2011 4:59:33 PM

  13. I always remember the saying "Thou dost protest to much" I can not help but wonder if Fred is himself gay? Is he trying to cover up something? Hmmm? History is full of hate people like Fred using the name of God to preach their hate. Oh yes Fred, you are going to pray for a shooter to take me out. In my work as a missionary I face more threats every day than your silly threats. Did you ever think that possibly God is sitting up in heaven laughing at YOU??? Of course not!! You would not consider that.
    God Bless Fred
    Jack, Servant of Jesus

    Posted by: Jack Meibaum | Jan 10, 2011 8:41:29 PM

  14. just thought i'd mention another little something about Canadian law:

    Criminal Code of Canada
    Sections 318 and 319 of the Criminal Code make it a criminal offence to:
    • advocate genocide
    • publicly incite hatred
    • wilfully promote hatred
    against an "identifiable group." 
    An identifiable group is defined as any section of the public distinguished by:
    • colour
    • race
    • religion
    • ethnic origin
    • sexual orientation

    The Criminal Code provisions are intended to prohibit the public distribution of hate propaganda. Private speech is not covered by the provisions.
    For example, "advocating genocide" includes publicly arguing that members of an identifiable group should be killed ... inciting hatred is only prohibited if statements are communicated in a public place.
    Online communications that advocate genocide or wilfully promote or incite hatred are likely to fall within the provisions because the Internet is a public network.
    Under section 320.1 of the Criminal Code, a judge has the authority to order the removal of hate propaganda from a computer system that is available to the public. Such authority extends to all computer systems located within Canada.
    Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms
    Section 2 of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms guarantees freedom of thought, belief, opinion and expression to all Canadians. However, all Charter rights are subject to reasonable limits that can be demonstrably justified in a free and democratic society.

    Posted by: max | Jan 10, 2011 8:57:43 PM

  15. I've been debating for years now...Is Phelps a deeply self-hating homo himself, the ultimate twisted and sick version of all the "ex-gay ministry" people out there? Or is Phelps really an ultra-sophisticated agent provocateur of the left, doing his utmost to discredit Christian homophobia by masquerading as the most savage and hateful version of it around?

    I'm really on the fence about it. Unlike other right-wing Christian groups, Westboro Baptist only EVER talks about homosexuality, and nothing else. That unwavering, absolute, exclusive focus is rather peculiar. Something is going on.

    Posted by: Scotty | Jan 10, 2011 10:46:39 PM

  16. Yes, there is someting going on, however the peculiar mind of Hick hatred cannot be fathomed and therefore should not be underestimated. In Phelps case it is twisted beyond all measure making him loathsomely sociopathic, the uncrowned zombie Leader of America's ignorant underbelly.

    Posted by: Barry | Jan 11, 2011 1:42:55 AM

  17. From "The West Wing":

    President Josiah Bartlet: .. I like your show. I like how you call homosexuality an abomination.
    Dr. Jenna Jacobs: I don't say homosexuality is an abomination, Mr. President. The Bible does.
    President Josiah Bartlet: Yes, it does. Leviticus.
    Dr. Jenna Jacobs: 18:22.
    President Josiah Bartlet: Chapter and verse. I wanted to ask you a couple of questions while I had you here. I'm interested in selling my youngest daughter into slavery as sanctioned in Exodus 21:7. She's a Georgetown sophomore, speaks fluent Italian, always cleared the table when it was her turn. What would a good price for her be?

    While thinking about that, can I ask another? My Chief of Staff Leo McGarry insists on working on the Sabbath. Exodus 35:2 clearly says he should be put to death. Am I morally obligated to kill him myself, or is it okay to call the police?

    Here's one that's really important 'cause we've got a lot of sports fans in this town: Touching the skin of a dead pig makes one unclean. Leviticus 11:7. If they promise to wear gloves, can the Washington Redskins still play football? Can Notre Dame? Can West Point?

    Does the whole town really have to be together to stone my brother John for planting different crops side by side?

    Can I burn my mother in a small family gathering for wearing garments made from two different threads?

    Think about those questions, would you? One last thing: While you may be mistaking this for your monthly meeting of the Ignorant Tight-Ass Club, in this building, when the President stands, nobody sits.

    Posted by: Kevin | Jan 11, 2011 6:15:53 PM

  18. 'More dead'? Phed's not looking to good... I just hope the ground in Topeka has thawed before Phed has to eat it.

    I'll have to polish up my dancing shoes tonight when I get home.

    Posted by: kansastock | Jan 12, 2011 3:22:25 PM

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