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Protesters picket Mr. Rogers memorial service

Fred Phelps Westboro Baptist Church Funeral Demonstrations.

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#1 MuseZack

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Posted 08 May 2003 - 03:45 AM

Remember the Rev. Fred Phelps and his wacky family, the ones who like to picket the funerals of gay men like Matthew Shephard with signs saying "God hates fags"?  It seems they have a bee in their bonnet over Mr. Rogers, of all people.

(Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania) Protestors from the Phelps' clan demonstrated at a memorial service on the weekend for Fred Rogers, the longtime host of "Mr. Roger's Neighborhood."  Picketers held signs saying  "Mr. Rogers is in hell." 
The demonstrators, from the homophobic Fred  Phelps Westboro Baptist in Topeka, Kansas, stood in front of Village Baptist church as friends of relatives of Rogers entered the building.
"He's no better than Matthew Shepherd," said Phelps grandson Sam Phelps-Roper.  Members of the clan demonstrated at Shepherd's funeral.  
Phelps-Roper accused Rogers of being gay. "He was a faggot who poisoned children's minds," he said.  Rogers was married and had two children.  The popular star died last February at the age of 74. 
Other Phelps' clan members demonstrated in North Carolina on the weekend.  One group protested at Fort Bragg. 
One demonstrator carrying a sign reading "Thank God for Sept. 11" said Fort Bragg is "harboring homosexuals."
The group also picketed Baptist churches in the area accusing them of being soft on gays.



One of the protester's signs said, "Southern Baptist Sin" and had a picture of stickmen performing a gay sex act.



A protester dragging an American flag yelled, "You're going to hell. Have a nice day" to people as they entered the church parking lot.
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#2 DWF

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Posted 08 May 2003 - 03:50 AM

Man, do these people need some help. :wacko:  :angry:  :barf:
The longest-running science fiction series: decadent, degenerate and rotten to the core. Power-mad conspirators, Daleks, Sontarans... Cybermen! They're still in the nursery compared to us. Fifty years of absolute fandom. That's what it takes to be really critical.

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Posted 08 May 2003 - 03:52 AM

I'm trying to think of some appropriate comment, but this is such abominably bad behaviour that it beggars my usually reliable vocabulary.

I do have an idea of where they can stick their pickets, however. They'll be close to hand whenever needed.

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Posted 08 May 2003 - 04:45 AM

And just when I thought little Freddy couldn't sink any lower. . .  :angry:

The man (if one wishes to consider him worthy of even *that* title) is a blot on humanity.  Him *and* all of his little followers. . . . :angry:  :glare:
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Posted 08 May 2003 - 05:09 AM

I find this sickening. This is one case where I wish Karmic laws where in effect.
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#6 Rov Judicata

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Posted 08 May 2003 - 05:14 AM

All too common, I'm afraid.

It's too bad that no real action can be taken against them....
St. Louis must be destroyed!

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#7 Smitty

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Posted 08 May 2003 - 05:15 AM

I see Phelps and his hellish drop are at it again.

Anyone remember an episode of the classic Twilight Zone titled Four 0'Clock ?

Find that ep and watch it, it encompasses Fred Phelps and people like him in a nutshell. Too bad Phelps and his brood won't suffer the same fate as the main character in the episode.

Oh well.

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#8 Bad Wolf

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Posted 08 May 2003 - 05:18 AM

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#9 silverwind

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Posted 08 May 2003 - 05:19 AM

Javert Rovinski, on May 7 2003, 10:01 PM, said:

All too common, I'm afraid.

It's too bad that no real action can be taken against them....
IIRC, his daughter is a lawyer, so any lawsuits against him fail horribly.  And there have been quite a few, if memory serves. . .
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Posted 08 May 2003 - 05:41 AM

Javert Rovinski, on May 7 2003, 11:01 PM, said:

All too common, I'm afraid.

It's too bad that no real action can be taken against them....
An out of control semi springs to mind. :unsure:  :suspect:
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#11 Chrys

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Posted 08 May 2003 - 05:42 AM

I am again forced to wonder which version of the bible this idiot reads.
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Posted 08 May 2003 - 05:44 AM

Javert Rovinski, on May 7 2003, 11:01 PM, said:

All too common, I'm afraid.

It's too bad that no real action can be taken against them....
I take great comfort from the thought that these stupid bastards are in for a HUGE shock come Judgment Day...

#13 Cardie

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Posted 08 May 2003 - 06:08 AM

This is just raw hatred and bigotry, like someone who is a racist seeking to prove that someone of the majority race who has physical features even remotely similar to those stereotypical of a minority they despise is only "passing" and is tainted by drops of inferior blood.  It must be terrible to be this afraid of anyone who is not 100% like you.

It's also like the McCarthyite witch hunts.

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#14 Anastashia

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Posted 08 May 2003 - 06:39 AM

<sigh>

#15 AnneZo

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Posted 08 May 2003 - 06:41 AM

How sick do you have to be to attack Mr. Rogers?  Or Mr. Rogers' reputation at his funeral?

Those people are a disgrace.

#16 Smitty

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Posted 08 May 2003 - 06:47 AM

It's the nature of the fanatic.
Nothing is out of bounds for these individuals.
Protesting funerals, blowing up clinics, killing doctors or releasing deadly gas into a subway.

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Posted 08 May 2003 - 08:18 AM

I find the idea of attacking anyone at a funeral to be disgracefull in the extreme. I wonder is some form of lawsuit might be in order.

Everyone should have the right to bury their dearly departed in peace

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Posted 08 May 2003 - 08:21 AM

Godeskian, on May 7 2003, 11:05 PM, said:

I find the idea of attacking anyone at a funeral to be disgracefull in the extreme. I wonder is some form of lawsuit might be in order.
I wish.

But what charges, exactly?
St. Louis must be destroyed!

Me: "I have a job and five credit cards and am looking into signing a two year lease.  THAT MAKES ME OLD."
Josh: "I don't have a job, I have ONE credit card, I'm stuck in a lease and I'm 28! My mom's basement IS ONE BAD DECISION AWAY!"
~~ Josh, winning the argument.

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#19 Han

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Posted 08 May 2003 - 08:23 AM

Javert Rovinski, on May 8 2003, 06:08 AM, said:

Godeskian, on May 7 2003, 11:05 PM, said:

I find the idea of attacking anyone at a funeral to be disgracefull in the extreme. I wonder is some form of lawsuit might be in order.
I wish.

But what charges, exactly?
"Conduct unbecoming of a human being in society."  :angry:
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#20 Bad Wolf

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Posted 08 May 2003 - 08:24 AM

malicious mayhem?
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