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Newly-Out Gay Principal Leads Thousands in Student Protest of WBC: VIDEO


Wilson High School Principal Pete Cahall, who came out as gay to his students at the D.C. school's annual Pride Day last week, led hundreds in a counterprotest of the Westboro Baptist Church today. The WBC had come to picket the school because of its strong support for LGBT students.

WJZ reports:

More than 2,000 students and teachers took part in the counter-protest.

“Education breeds tolerance and hatemongers breed ignorance,” said a participant.
“When I was in high school, we really didn’t include the LGBT community but these students are insisting that we do that and I just couldn’t be prouder,” said a participant.

“I just couldn’t imagine what happened today in my wildest dreams,” said Cahall.
The rally lasted about an hour. Police escorted members of the Westboro Baptist Church from the area.

Four hundred members of the surrounding community also showed up at the students’ event

Monday outside the school.

Watch WJZ's report, AFTER THE JUMP...

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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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Brad Paisley Takes Westboro Baptist Selfie: PHOTO


The WBC picketed Brad Paisley's concert. But first, he took a selfie:

Westboro Baptist Selfie!! Or west-Burro(ass) selfie. Hopefully they can hear the show out here. We'll play loud.

He also captured the "Crazies for Paisley" moment on video, AFTER THE JUMP...

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


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 Baptist Church to Picket 'That Bundle of Confusion Going by the Name Cher'


The Westboro Baptist Church has thrown down the gauntlet at Cher, announcing a May 31 picket at the Sprint Center, and released a typically hilarious press release.

Enjoy the show.

Fourth Member Leaves Westboro Baptist Church, Touts Newfound 'Unconditional Love'

Zachphelps-roperThe fourth Phelps-Roper sibling has left the compound and gained an entirely new perspective on life. 23-year-old Zach Phelps-Roper (right) abandoned his sign-wielding, hate-mongering post with the Westboro Baptist Church on February 20, 2014, and while he says it has been difficult in many ways, it seems that the separation has also been a breath of fresh air.

The Topeka Capital-Journal reports:

“I feel like I have unconditional love for every person around the world,” Phelps-Roper said Friday. “The Westboro Baptist Church sees things differently than I do now.”

He expressed a desire to extend that love and aid the community around him, as others have aided him over the past months.

Doctors have treated the back pain his parents wrote off as an attempt for attention.

Homosexuals have offered to buy him meals, drinks and shown him empathy and love.

At least 20 family members he was banned from speaking with for half a decade — including two sisters and a brother — have surrounded him with warmth and support.

The process was not altogether simple or easy, though. Phelps-Roper reportedly had a difficult time moving anything out of the house because of feelings of guilt and sadness around his decision to leave. However, his new perspective on God--as a benevolent rather than sadistic force--was enough to encourage the move.

Of course his level of contact with the family inside the compound has shifted.

If he wants to get in touch with someone inside, he said, he has been directed to contact another member of the family, though he wouldn’t disclose who.

Phelps-Roper said he harbors no ill will toward his family, understanding they are acting out of the same unshakeable beliefs in the Bible to which he once subscribed.

Shirley Phelps-Roper, mother to Zach and nine siblings, claims that her son's soul hangs in the balance with his decision to leave. A soul which, he claims, has never been stronger.

In his time outside the compound, he has grown to learn and appreciate different perspectives. He has identified his own “mind traps” — assumptions, beliefs, comparisons, desires, expectations and ideals that “keep you from being empathetic” — and debunked each one of them.

“I see so many problems, from economical to emotional,” he said. “Now that my mind is free from these mind traps, I can see clearly what needs to be done. I believe that empathy and unconditional love are what is absolutely necessary for us to free ourselves and each other from mind traps and from the many problems that are plaguing our society.”


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