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Southern Poverty Law Center Names And Shames Ben Carson As An Anti-Gay Extremist: VIDEO

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The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) has added possible Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson to its list of anti-LGBT extremists, reports NCRM.

A constant mouthpiece for the religious right, Carson recently suggested that Congress should oust judges who rule in favor of same-sex marriage.

6a00d8341c730253ef01a3fcc5658a970b-piThe SPLC includes in the list a number of names with which regular Towleroad readers will be familiar - Bryan Fischer, Scott Lively (right), Tony Perkins and Fred Phelps.

Carson joins the illustrious list because he has “ascended as a far-right political star after publicly scolding President Obama, whom he sat a few feet away from, at a National Prayer Breakfast in February 2013.”

SPLC adds:

“Carson’s own story as an ‘up by the bootstraps’ black man reared in poverty translated into an inspiring, magnetic narrative that captured media attention. Soon he was appearing as the keynoter at a rash of right-wing and hate group gatherings, linking gays with pedophiles, comparing the U.S. to Nazi Germany and endorsing biblical economic practices for 21st century America”

Also referenced are a number of comments by Carson:

“Marriage is between a man and a woman. It’s a well-established pillar of society and no group, be they gays, be they NAMBLA, be they people who believe in bestiality—it doesn’t matter what they are, they don’t get to change the definition.”

— 2013 interview on Fox News

“[I]f we can redefine marriage as between two men or two women or any other way based on social pressures as opposed to between a man and a woman, we will continue to redefine it in any way that we wish, which is a slippery slope with a disastrous ending, as witnessed in the dramatic fall of the Roman Empire.”

America the Beautiful: Resdiscovering What Made This Nation Great, a 2012 book written with Candy Carlson

“I mean [our government and institutions] are very much like Nazi Germany. …  You know, you had a government using its tools to intimidate the population. We now live in a society where people are afraid to say what they really believe.”

— Quoted by Breitbart News in 2014

Watch explain that supporters of gay rights are using “hate speech” to split the U.S. apart, AFTER THE JUMP...

Carson us currently flogging his new book You Have A Brain: A Teen's Guide To Thinking Big in which he explains the importance of "Talent, Honesty, Insight, being Nice, Knowledge, Books, In-Depth learning and God." Would that Carson and his kind would heed their own advice.

 

 

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The Inside Story of Fred Phelps’s Estranged Son and How He Escaped Westboro Baptist Church: VIDEO

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A fascinating trailer has been released for a new Kickstarter-backed documentary film about the story of Nate Phelps – the estranged son of the late Westboro Baptist Church leader Fred Phelps.

Via the film’s Kickstarter page:

"Not My Father's Son" will chronicle Nate's story from the years of physical, emotional and mental abuse he suffered at the hands of his father from a young age through his journey toward healing to his subsequent and current fight for justice and equality for all people.

Check it out, AFTER THE JUMP

Over $8,000 of the $50,000 goal has already been raised. Head over to the Kickstarter campaign here to donate. 

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Grandson of Anti-Gay WBC Pastor Fred Phelps Says He Had 'Change of Heart' Before He Was Voted Out

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Equality House, the resource center for all Planting Peace human rights and bully prevention initiatives, sits across the street from the Westboro Baptist Church in Topeka, Kansas to bring attention to the church's hate.

The group posted a note to its Facebook page last night from Zacharias Phelps-Roper, a member of the Phelps family and a former member of WBC, alleging that church founder Fred Phelps had "a change of heart" about his anti-gay hate which was what got him excommunicated from the church.

It's unclear what prompted the message from Zacharias, which reads:

Zacharias_phelps-roperFred W. Phelps, my grandfather, came out in support of the Equality House before he was voted out of WBC.

Specifically, on the day that he was excommunicated, he stood outside of the front door of the church (but not within anyone's earshot but a few members of WBC who happened to be in the immediate vicinity)... I say, he spoke words to this effect to the Equality House: "You are good people."

I feel like he had a change of heart after my grandmother nearly passed away, and he felt the pangs of loss ... he waited for news of her every day and night while she was in intensive care. I think this triggered a chain reaction whereby he developed great empathy for others... which would explain why he would support  Planting Peace's anti-suicide and anti-bullying platforms, and their charities across the world....

I love my grandfather! And I believe people DO change, if they are inspired enough! - Zacharias Phelps-Roper.

Shortly after Phelps death, there were reports that the elder Phelps was excommunicated in a power struggle after calling for kinder treatment of fellow church members.


Westboro Counter-Protesters Hold Sign Saying 'Sorry For Your Loss' At Lorde Concert: VIDEO

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A day after Fred Phelps the founder of the "God Hates Fags" Westboro Baptist Church died, the church decided to protest a Lorde concert in Kansas City for "serving herself and teaching other young people how to be indolent rebels." They also made an awesomely tone-deaf cover of Lorde's "Royals", but we digress.

SorryLorde tweeted to her fans that she wanted a counter-protest in response, but she later deleted that tweet. Nevertheless, local counter-protesters showed up to the venue holding signs reading "Sorry for your loss" and "Live your life and be awesome." 

As one protester told the KSHB news station, "I think if people are forced to have stare at [the WBC's hateful signs], they should have the option to have something good to look at." Protester Megan Coleman also said, "We realized that it wasn't so much about antagonizing them (the WBC), but sending out the counter message that we are here for people who need that message and need that positivity."

Sadly, one of the Westboro members feigned ignorance as to what the counter-protest signs were even in reference to.

See a video of the counter-protest AFTER THE JUMP...

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Estranged Son Of Westboro Baptist Church Pastor Fred Phelps Speaks Out About His Father’s Death

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Nate Phelps, the estranged son of Westboro Baptist Church pastor Fred Phelps, has issued a statement on the death of his father, saying “I will mourn his passing, not for the man he was, but for the man he could have been.”

Continued Phelps:

Nate phelpsEven more, I mourn the ongoing injustices against the LGBT community, the unfortunate target of his 23 year campaign of hate. His life impacted many outside the walls of the WBC compound, uniting us across all spectrums of orientation and belief as we realized our strength lies in our commonalities, and not our differences. How many times have communities risen up together in a united wall against the harassment of my family? Differences have been set aside for that cause, tremendous and loving joint efforts mobilized within hours…and because of that, I ask this of everyone – let his death mean something. Let every mention of his name and of his church be a constant reminder of the tremendous good we are all capable of doing in our communities.

The lessons of my father were not unique to him, nor will this be the last we hear of his words, which are echoed from pulpits as close as other churches in Topeka, Kansas, where WBC headquarters remain, and as far away as Uganda. Let’s end the support of hateful and divisive teachings describing the LGBT community as “less than,” “sinful,” or “abnormal.”  Embrace the LGBT community as our equals, our true brothers and sisters, by promoting equal rights for everyone, without exception. My father was a man of action, and I implore us all to embrace that small portion of his faulty legacy by doing the same.”


Rachel Maddow on How Fred Phelps and the Westboro Baptist Church Boosted Gay Rights: VIDEO

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Fred Phelps and the Westboro Baptist Church's plan to demonize gay people backfired over the years, helping the cause of equality by inspiring people to manifest their support for gay rights in reaction to the church's hate.

In a 'non-obituary' for Phelps, who died this week, Rachel Maddow looks at how it all went down.

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...

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