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> Excerpt from the Monday, July 11, 2011 Religion News Service news story by Garrett Ellison entitled:

Westboro Baptist Church To Picket Betty Ford's Funeral

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (RNS) The anti-gay Westboro Baptist Church has announced plans to picket this week's funeral services for former first lady Betty Ford in California and Michigan.

The website of the Topeka, Kansas-based church said the fringe group will demonstrate at Ford's funerals because she divorced her first husband William Warren prior to marrying the late president Gerald R. Ford.

In Westboro's eyes, that makes Ford an adulterer who "loved to sit with tawdry reporters and blather about sex."

The group plans to picket at services at Saint Margaret Episcopal Church in Palm Desert, Calif. on Tuesday (July 12) and at Grace Episcopal Church in East Grand Rapids on Thursday when her casket will travel by motorcade for burial at the Ford Museum....

The extremist church -- mostly a collection of Fred Phelps' extended family and friends -- formally won the right to picket funerals in March after an 8-1 Supreme Court decision ruled it is protected by the First Amendment.

"She couldn't wait to have an audience with a reporter to titter about premarital sex, and how much she loved to teach it to her daughters," the church's website said. "The trashy reporters encouraged her to say more! So she urged all the women of this doomed foul nation to engage in extramarital sex. Then she pushed for abortion, because when you teach a nation's women to be whores, it's inevitable pregnancies will inconvenience the selfish strumpets! That is the legacy of Betty Ford."

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I wonder if any of the Republican Presidential candidates will dare speak out against the audacity of Fred Phelps's Westboro Baptist Church group's protesting at Betty Ford's funeral.

After all, aren't the likes of Fred Phelps & Company among the rightwing throngs that form the base of the GOP today?


For the Westboro Baptist Church's Picket Schedule of upcoming on-site picketing events, see their website at: http://www.godhatesfags.com/schedule.html

 
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ShreveportLAGamer wrote:


After all, aren't the likes of Fred Phelps & Company among the rightwing throngs that form the base of the GOP today?



No doubt, just as the participants in the Battle of Seattle must certainly form the base of today's Democratic Party...right???



Heartening to see constructive political dialog again on display here in the intellectual heartland of BGG.
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ShreveportLAGamer wrote:

After all, aren't the likes of Fred Phelps & Company among the rightwing throngs that form the base of the GOP today?


Actually, I thought they were the only group on the planet that brings all Americans together in saying "Wow, what a bunch of enormous douche bags"
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I can only assume you're somehow not familiar with Fred Phelps?
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desertfox2004 wrote:
ShreveportLAGamer wrote:
After all, aren't the likes of Fred Phelps & Company among the rightwing throngs that form the base of the GOP today?

No doubt, just as the participants in the Battle of Seattle must certainly form the base of today's Democratic Party...right???



Heartening to see constructive political dialog again on display here in the intellectual heartland of BGG.

Tsk! Tsk! Tsk! Ain't you got no learnin'?

Although anarchists have euphemistically and more politely been called "uber libertarians", the following Ven Diagram fairly well plots where anarchists reside among other competing ideologies.





In terms of degree of governmental control, these are how the political ideologies rank (from extreme left to extreme right in sentence fashion, only the final two extreme right ideologies are contined on the next line):

Anarchy | Libertarianism | Communism | Socialism | Democracy | Republic |
Fascism | Totalitarianism



 
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Pretty sure everyone knows Fred Phelps N' Co are a bunch of extremist Nut-Bars.

Except, of course, Fred Phelps. Who probably describes himself as just left of centre.
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Greendan wrote:
Pretty sure everyone knows Fred Phelps N' Co are a bunch of extremist Nut-Bars.

Except, of course, Fred Phelps. Who probably describes himself as just left of centre.

Would that Fred Phelps of your imagination be anything like the real-life "Reverend" Fred Phelps of the Westboro Baptist Church of Topeka, Kansas who also pickets and protests against abortion and against gay rights?

 
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ShreveportLAGamer wrote:

Greendan wrote:
Pretty sure everyone knows Fred Phelps N' Co are a bunch of extremist Nut-Bars.

Except, of course, Fred Phelps. Who probably describes himself as just left of centre.

Would that Fred Phelps of your imagination be anything like the real-life "Reverend" Fred Phelps of the Westboro Baptist Church of Topeka, Kansas who also pickets and protests against abortion and against gay rights?


Yeah that's the fella, except my guy is WAY more extreme, unlike that hippy peace lovin' real Phelps.
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Greendan wrote:
ShreveportLAGamer wrote:
Greendan wrote:
Pretty sure everyone knows Fred Phelps N' Co are a bunch of extremist Nut-Bars.

Except, of course, Fred Phelps. Who probably describes himself as just left of centre.

Would that Fred Phelps of your imagination be anything like the real-life "Reverend" Fred Phelps of the Westboro Baptist Church of Topeka, Kansas who also pickets and protests against abortion and against gay rights?

Yeah that's the fella, except my guy is WAY more extreme, unlike that hippy peace lovin' real Phelps.

Oh well, go figure then, since your left-of-centre Fred Phelps is just a figment of your own fevered British imagination.
 
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It's just one of the organized 1000+ (and growing) hate groups throughout the USA...

http://www.splcenter.org/get-informed/hate-map
 
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