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Anderson Cooper Talks to Libby Phelps, a Westboro Baptist Church Member Who Defected: VIDEO


In a too-short clip from today's Anderson Live, Anderson Cooper talks to Libby Phelps about the Westboro Baptist Church's pickets, if she felt normal doing it, and why they picket the funerals of dead soldiers.


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  1. There is more to the WBC than meets the eye, IMHO. They are mega-trolls, but for what actual purpose?

    Posted by: ratbastard | Feb 13, 2013 1:27:29 PM

  2. @ratbastard: with a population of about 300 million in the U.S. alone, you can find some pretty weird people. What is going on is that the communication technology we now have makes it possible for the 1 out of 100 million cases to get national attention.

    Don't assume there is any rational purpose as there may not be. You know, like the so-called Taliban sympathizer recently arrested for trying to blow up a bank in the hope of causing a civil war, with the FBI providing fake explosives. Some questions are being raised about it, mainly because the perpetrator appears to be suffering from an unspecified mental illness and might have been sucked into the plot by the FBI's efforts to see if he would try to do anything. You can read an analysis at (it is a copy of a Mercury News article, but I couldn't find the original on line, although I saw the start of an article today while passing a newspaper rack).

    Posted by: Bill | Feb 13, 2013 1:54:44 PM

  3. Ratbastard is very familiar with mega-trolls.

    Posted by: Not that Rob | Feb 13, 2013 2:36:44 PM

  4. Cults are always exclusively inwardly focused and self-regarding.

    Posted by: anon | Feb 13, 2013 4:12:30 PM

  5. I am always confuses as to what god they pray to because is not god everything good why would he promote hate and judgement i think anyone preaching any negative views should rethink and god is the only one that should judge.

    Posted by: cathy | Feb 13, 2013 4:46:23 PM

  6. Doing it for the money.....

    Posted by: Alan Brickman | Feb 13, 2013 5:23:17 PM

  7. @Cathy: Read the Old Testament. The Israelite tribal god Yahweh that Christians and Jews have rehabilitated and call him Our Heavenly Father" was a hatefvul warrior god whose favorite passtime was inflicting pain and sorrgow on humans. Evil people like the Phelps family are simply following the lead of that hateful biblical god. You know the god who drowned the entire population of the earth except for Noah's family because he was mad about their "sins" Don't you wonder what awful sins the little children had committed that he would drown them? ETC ETC

    Posted by: andrew | Feb 14, 2013 12:50:01 AM

  8. Ratbastard asking about that's rich.

    Posted by: Latino Dude | Feb 14, 2013 7:59:43 AM

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