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Remember Fred Phelps and the rest of the Westboro assholes? Weeeeeeelllllll.....

(This made me smile so hard!)

So you know how Fred Phelps and his tribe of lawsuit-happy, homophobic crazies love to picket funerals and other functions with their hate-mongering signs and chants, which are often carried by young children?

Well, it does seem that they have a little bit of trouble being on the receiving end.

Behold, Equality House, a space and resource center for equality and anti-bullying initiatives, for volunteer members of Planting Peace (go here for more)

Equality House in Topeka
To get the full effect, keep in mind that this house? with this specific purpose? is located right across the street from the Phelps so-called “church.”

And if this alone weren’t enough to make you hit the donate button…

A 5-year old girl set up a lemonade stand in front of Equality House, to raise funds for–get this–

For Peace - Pink Lemonade
(click the image if you want to help her–and spit in the assholes eyes at the same time)

There you go, assholes, suck on that a bit.

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The cherry on top:  it touched a nerve; according to this, someone connected to Phelps/Westboro twitted this:

“*WHO* let nasty fucks get hands on this poor child? #danger.”

(The irony, it slays)

And according to this, they have come out to scream obscenities at the girl, her father, and those who stop by to get some lemonade.

Well done, Jayden–you scored in all fronts!

Driving Equality and turning the tables on the hateful: a Phelps-A-Thon

Many of you, I’m sure, remember Fred batshitfullofhatred Phelps of the so-called baptist church of Westboro (you can also see their impact on Karen here)

Well, it seems the asshat is sending a delegation of his family to protest at a performance of The Laramie Project in Boston on December 12th. Not that it’s a surprise, since this piece of vomit sends family members to protest everything from funerals to the rightful election of a mayor in Oregon.

Anyway, here’s the part that fills me with glee: Chris Mason, a gay rights activist from Boston, is turning tables on the hateful by using their presence to drive a fund raising for his Driving Equality project next summer. (more…)

"God Hates America" - Says The Phelps Family...

Sorry for the lack of posts, but TTG and I were away for the weekend.

I watched a programme last night, that amazed me no end.

I can’t believe that people like the Phelps family actually exist.

 

Their actions are in the name of the Westboro Baptist Church, which numbers 71 and is headed by “Gramps”, preacher Fred Phelps. The church, which is based in Topeka, Kansas, mostly comprises his extended family.

WTF?

I can’t believe that any sane human being would choose the funeral of soldiers, killed in Iraq, to protest about gay people.

I was just as shocked and stunned to see seven year old kids with banners that read ‘Fags will burn in hell’.

I went on their God Hates America website, and found a message of hate so vile, that it took my breath away.

 

All this hatred preached by one little inbred man, who obviously doesn’t have all his faculties. Why do these people buy into this rubbish? What is about them that makes it so easy for them to be brainwashed?

It seems to me that there are plenty of times when freedom of speech isn’t such a good thing.

These kind of extremists are part of the reasons why I abhor organised religion.

If I had my way, they’d all be shot like the rabid dogs they are.

This, that and the other (irrelevant personal bits)

So, for all my good intentions, I’ve yet to review even one book this year (or, indeed, for the past however many months).

Which definitely doesn’t mean that I’m not reading. I am, quite a bit–even if a rather large percentage of my reading is rereading, it still counts, right? And there is always the hope that I’ll get around to write reviews for some of these books.

As I’ve mentioned before, one of the reasons for the lack of reviews is that I’m working at a food franchise. In a reversal of what I understand is most common, I had never worked retail. Most of my coworkers are teens or young twenty-somethings working their way through college. Almost unanimously, they intend eventually to pursue a career in their field of choice, far away from the food industry or any retail/service job, it at all possible.

My case is…slightly different.

For causes beyond my control (though a direct result of my choices) (more…)

Reading this post at the Smart Bitches, I have been struck again by the fact that the few loud extremists drown the many silent moderates.

First, of course, allow me to admit to—and apologize for—an instance of kneejerk reaction in direct and violent opposition to what I said here just the other day.**

The fact is that no religion is a monolithic mass of humanity, but that is a very very difficult fact to remember when being faced, again and again, with the fact that the only voices we hear are those of the intolerant fanatics. Moderate individuals of every group need to step up and speak out—loudly, repeatedly—because quiet, moderate voices can’t be heard under the roaring noise of fanaticism.

Just as the squeaky wheel gets the grease, those few loud voices get the lion’s share of media attention—it is the nature of the beast, after all. So the rest of us, those who believe in living our lives on our terms and letting everyone else live their lives on their terms, we need to make noise too.

Because by keeping quiet, by allowing the fanatics (of all stripes—Fred Phelps’ so called church, Warren Jeffs’ fundamentalist LDS splinter cult, etc) to be the only ones who are seen and heard, we are tacitly endorsing their image as the image of any given religious group.

If it’s not us – who? If it’s not now – when?
Daca nu noi, cine? Daca nu, acum, cind?
Si c’est pas nous – qui? Si c’est pas maintenant – quand?

May our hands be unlocked.. someday bringing Peace to all.
Your GOD bless each and everyone of you…
Your GOD bless all our nations…
Your GOD bless the HUMAN RACE…

(AnaB*, flickr Speak up for Peace)

**the ‘hypocrisy’ tag is for my own hypocrisy, in case anyone was wondering.

UPDATE! Driving Equality's Phelp-A-Thon was a huge success!

Remember last week’s post about Fred batshitcrazy Phelps’ people’s planned protest in Boston? (yikes, look at the alliteration!)

Well, we have news! Chris Mason from DrivingEquality writes:

The Phelps-A-Thon was a huge success! We raised over $4,500 for Driving Equality! We collected $755 of that during the 45 minutes we were on the street counter-protesting the Phelps clan. Seventy-five people showed up to support the Phelps-A-Thon and to say no to hate. Everyone cheered as we updated the sign every five minutes, tallying the amount raised by the Phelps-A-Thon. People walking by handed us $5, $10, $20 bills. Someone wrote a check for $250 on the spot. It was incredible!

Congrats to Chris and Driving Equality, and a huge thank you! to everyone who has donated so far.

This is just one way to do something constructive and positive to counter the negative stuff happening every where around us.

Remember that it’s not over, though, and you can still donate–check this out:

It is not too late to make a contribution to the Phelps-A-Thon. I am sending Fred “God Hates Fags” Phelps a card, telling him how much he raised for LGBT equality. Make a donation today and your amount will be included on that card.

Sweet!!!!

Go on, donate. You know you wanna! 😀