Thursday, January 28, 2010

So Now Fred Phelps Is Protesting Jews and Gays

We all know that the "Rev." Fred Phelps and the members of his family-based cult, the Westboro Baptist Church, are a bunch of ultra-conservative anti-gay crackpots. They are the folks who protested the funerals of U.S. soldiers killed in Iraq, arguing that the soldiers died because God was punishing America for its homosexuals. They also have held protests at the funerals of gay men, with signs declaring "God hates fags."

So, we knew they hated gays. But now they've been going after Jewish organizations, accusing them of being pro-gay. Today, they're in San Francisco with their little band of airheads, protesting outside such organizations as the Contemporary Jewish Museum (see photo below), Hillel at Stanford, a production of Fiddler on the Roof, and more.

I made a short video of the folks at the CJM protest, and I'll post it later today after I fix some upload problems with YouTube. In the meantime, you can get some background on this strange clan here.

The Phelpsies were very much outnumbered by the counter-protestors outside the museum, just as they tend to be everywhere they go. That's the good news. The really bad news? The Phelps clan was young.

UPDATE: Finally got the video. See it here.

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