Monday, July 24, 2006

Fred "God Hates Fags" Phelps Coming to Mass

The Kansas based hate group lead by Fred Phelps is coming to Fitchburg, Massachusetts this Friday, July 28th. This group is famous for their in-your-face “God Hates Fags” message. The group is coming to town to protest at the funeral of Marine Lance Cpl. Geoffrey Cayer who was killed in Iraq. The Phelps clan usually protests at the funerals of gay men and lesbians who have been murdered or died from AIDS. Recently the group has moved on to demonstrating at the funerals of soldiers that have died in Iraq.
Fred Phelps says that the reason soldiers are dying is because
god hates America for tolerating gays and lesbians. A press release from the Phelps clan about the upcoming protest in Fitchburg states:

God Himself Has Now Become America's Terrorist, Killing and Maiming American Troops in Strange Lands for Fags Sins

They turned America Over to fags; they're coming home In body bags

I was born in Fitchburg and spent most of my life in that area. It is not the place you would expect someone life Fred Phelps to visit. I guess he goes where ever the funerals are taking place.
If you are near St. Joseph's church on Friday around 10:00AM beware of the hate. There will be a few disturbed people holding signs that read, "Thank God for IEDs", "Fags Doom Nations, and "Thank God for Dead Soldiers".
I suggest staying away from the Phelps protest altogether. Usually I would plan a counter-protest, but I believe that at a funeral the best thing to do is to ignore them. A counter-protest would be loud and only draw more attention to their hate-filled message.
It is possible that the Phelps clan might not be there on Friday. They sometimes don't even show up to their own protests. Let's hope that is the case this time.


At 5:19 PM, Anonymous lenstewart said...

That's exactly what we did when Fred and family came to Provincetown. We gave them a safe place to stand, and then ignored them studiously; collectively; and pointedly. We even trained volunteer "marshalls" to circulate anytime a crowd started to form to explain to folks that ignoring Fred would diminish his hate and his impact to zero.

Its hard, sometimes, to ignore hate this obscene. But, the next day, when Fred's gone and you know that he left absolutely no impact or imprint in your community, then it feels worth it.


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