Friday, February 10, 2006

Sick brains. Sick hearts.

I'm not sure how well this applies to MM, since there doesn't seem much to debate about this little find, but it seems there's more than meets the eye concerning Fred Phelps -- ye old creator of the website. The fairly ultra-right conservative FrontPage magazine recently published a bio on Mr. Phelps, in which they made the weird yet completely valid claim that Phelps is actually a crazy leftist. Their evidence? Phelps has, on occasion:
  • Demonstrated against Jerry Falwell, James Dobson and Pat Robertson
  • Spoken in support of Fidel Castro and Saddam Hussein
  • Put his weight behind Al Gore's 1988 presidential campaign
  • Ran for the Democratic nomination for Governor in Kansas in '90, '94 & '98
  • Won 30% of the Democratic primary vote in the 1992 U.S. Senate race in Kansas
Go read it. [And thanks to the for the scoop.] Then just agree with me that this is weird, and that nothing makes sense anymore. And that we should all be sick now, together, in unison.



At 2/11/2006 12:31 AM, Blogger Steven-Michael Wesley Jesse Tyler Brooks Johnson said...

I wonder if we give too much credit to Phelps through our constant attention... It is like watching Survivor religiously only to be able to say we hate it

At 2/12/2006 6:53 AM, Blogger Jeff BBz said...

how come you never said anything about god hate sweden the website? why haven]t we heard about this one? so sweet! sweden is doomed! and also on the god hates america one did you see these songs they sing in thier church?

america the burning
god hates america

the lyrics are on the site. i was going to put them here but now i have to go somewhere because i am awesome and in japan doing sweet things that should not be posting on websites.

At 2/13/2006 12:41 PM, Blogger Ryan L. Hansen said...

It is interesting to me that God hates America, Sweden, and Canada, yet only those in Canada and Sweden are encouraged to "get out now." It must be because America is just too damn comfortable. But seriously, I wonder if we had to leave America too where would he have us go? And is he encouraging Swedes and Canadians to come to America?

At 2/13/2006 7:04 PM, Blogger Liza said...

Ok, Jonny, I totally agree with you. And Ryan, that's the problem. This guy doesn't give anyone a way out; apparently, you just need to die if you're in one of his offending camps.

The reason he was listed in the article for opposing Jimmy D and FOF was because they were too lenient and condoning of the gay lifestyle, because FOF sponsors and promotes workshops designed to help gay people "leave their lifestyle behind" and become straight. While I don't think FOF has a realistic picture here, what concerns me is Phelps' reaction. If he hates gay people, but doesn't want to see them "rehabbed" into being straight (a laughable concept anyway), then what does he want?

Seems like he may indeed have a lot in common with the genocide driven, dictatorial mindset.

At 2/15/2006 12:48 AM, Blogger jonny said...

s.m.w.j.t.b.j., i don't mean to give phelps any more attention than he ought to get, but i thought it important to realize how unique his snowflake was. too often we reduce him to an ultraconservative bigot, when, in actuality, he's a bigoted horse of a totally different bigoted ranch. also, i don't hate survivor. just ranch dressing.

also, to paco: sorry i missed you at the airport, man. otherwise, we could have sang america the burning together in front of the security people at the gate. then you could have stayed in chicago with us courtesy of the nice folks at the cook county jail. but don't worry, apparently people break out of there all the time.


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