Tuesday, June 07, 2005

More on Rev. Fred Phelps

As I reported yesterday, there was widespread community response to the invasion of Rev. Fred Phelps and his followers to several towns in eastern MA on Sunday and Monday. The Lowell Sun has a story on the protests and counter protests in Dracut and Bedford on Monday titled: "Signs of tolerance meet signs of hate"

The Sun also reported on the successful efforts of blogger Lynne Lupien "to beat the Kansas-based Westboro Baptist Church's anti-gay group at its own game netted $606" for MA gay rights organizations.

"...Lupien's new Web blog, www.leftinlowell.com, encouraged those opposing the Westboro group and its leader, the Rev. Fred Phelps, to pledge whatever they pleased for each minute the Phelps group protested locally.
“So between the hour and a half they were at the Tsongas Arena Sunday and the half-hour they were in Dracut Monday, we raised the money,” said Lupien, a local activist and member of Greater Lowell for Peace and Justice. It worked out to $5.05 per each minute..."

Meanwhile, it has come to my attentiont that the Anti-Defamation League has an excellent report summarizing not only the background of Phelps and his Westboro Baptist Church and thier vulgar and bigoted anti-gay activities, but thier track record of anti-black, anti-Jewish and overtly anti-American statements. It is a useful resource for communities faced with visits by Phelps' travelling carnival of hate.

[Crossposted from FrederickClarkson.com]


Blogger RAMBRO2 said...

Exposing Phelps as not only anti gay, but anti black anti semetic nails him with BIGOT. The question is how to get this message to the broadest number of people and still stay focused on the damage he is doing to millions of people. Counter demonstrations and tracking everything he does may be one way. People such as you are doing great things on that score....thanks. Dr. Bob

11:15 AM  
Blogger ALJ said...

Phelps will be in Ann Arbor starting Sat Nov 19 to protest "The Laramie Project" being performed at the U-M Lydia Mendelssohn theatre. Then he will protest at local churches on Sun.

Any ideas as to good "signs" to carry at our counter-protest. I'm so baffled by his twistedness that I don't think a sign that says "God loves everyone" will make much of an impact. And, it's hard because the message I want to convey is love.

Any ideas?

10:09 PM  

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