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Old 07-14-09, 11:06 PM
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Fred Phelps: Civil rights attorney turned bigot?

I learned something interesting, today: Fred Phelps began his career as a civil rights attorney. He was almost single-handedly responsible for overturning the Jim Crow laws in Kansas. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fred_ph...ights_attorney)

Now he protests homosexuals, their families, their funerals, and anything else he can link to homosexuality.

Am I the only one seeing a disconnect, here? How do you go from doing all the good this man did to, well, a bigoted asshole?
Old 07-14-09, 11:29 PM
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Re: Fred Phelps: Civil rights attorney turned bigot?

He thinks sexuality is a choice but skin color isn't?
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Re: Fred Phelps: Civil rights attorney turned bigot?

That's just being bigoted. The hate-filled protests that Phelps puts on are what make him an asshole.

I don't wan this tread to turn into a discussion about homosexuality being a choice or not. Please keep it on topic.
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Re: Fred Phelps: Civil rights attorney turned bigot?

This twat was in Nashville last week to protest Steve McNair's memorial. Naturally, he had some new signs along with same old usuals.
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Re: Fred Phelps: Civil rights attorney turned bigot?

Phelps isn't worth the time it takes to shit on his picture.
Old 07-15-09, 08:33 AM
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Re: Fred Phelps: Civil rights attorney turned bigot?

I'm sure that somehow it'll come out that Phelps either has homosexual leanings, or was at some point in time molested or assaulted by homosexuals. You don't protest that much for no reason.

Take Eliot Spitzer and his war against prostitution, for example.
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Re: Fred Phelps: Civil rights attorney turned bigot?

Originally Posted by fuzzbox View Post
I'm sure that somehow it'll come out that Phelps either has homosexual leanings, or was at some point in time molested or assaulted by homosexuals. You don't protest that much for no reason.

Take Eliot Spitzer and his war against prostitution, for example.
seems like sometimes, the ones most against something are the ones doing it...
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Re: Fred Phelps: Civil rights attorney turned bigot?

Phelps seems to have done civil rights cases because they were profitable. There is some anecdotal evidence that he was a racist at the time. He also tried to get his daughter into a school as a minority student, because she didn't pass the entrance exams, and because he had done civil rights cases. Phelps was sufficiently corrupt that he was disbarred from practicing law.

Of course, his version of events would be different.
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Re: Fred Phelps: Civil rights attorney turned bigot?

He was also a control freak. Check out the stories from some of the kids who escaped from the family.

I guess 20 years of seeing his signs on a daily basis has made me just not notice them anymore. If the rest of the world would just ignore him and quit reporting on him he would eventually go away or find something even more offensive to write.

Actually I haven't seen Fred out much at all anymore. Shirley is running the show.
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Re: Fred Phelps: Civil rights attorney turned bigot?

Phelps, who I believe to be an evil man, is quite a fascinating character when you look at his life and what brought him to where he was. As mentioned, he was and perhaps still is a champion for civil rights.
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Re: Fred Phelps: Civil rights attorney turned bigot?

I think you guys are being a little hard on the guy. I mean, he did win eight gold medals for the U.S. at last year's Olympics!
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Re: Fred Phelps: Civil rights attorney turned bigot?

Originally Posted by D.Pham00 View Post
seems like sometimes, the ones most against something are the ones doing it...
This.
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Re: Fred Phelps: Civil rights attorney turned bigot?

Using the logic of those who point out the murderer of Tiller as an example of what every pro-life sympathizer is like, I suppose this shows that all civil-rights attorneys are really racists at heart.

Sorry...couldn't resist.
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Re: Fred Phelps: Civil rights attorney turned bigot?

FYI, Phelps (maybe himself walkin', or maybe just the "God Hates ****" crew) was in Bruno. It was a good scene. But it only lasted a minute-or-so, as Bruno crossed paths with them. I wonder what happened there. Phelps maybe made some legal threats? I can't imagine that Bruno (or Larry Charles) would have passed up having more confrontation with the Phelps folks.
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Re: Fred Phelps: Civil rights attorney turned bigot?

Originally Posted by D.Pham00 View Post
seems like sometimes, the ones most against something are the ones doing it...
Don't really buy this line of reasoning... seems like just an easy way to dismiss someone you don't agree with. Not that I'm defending Phelps in any way.
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Re: Fred Phelps: Civil rights attorney turned bigot?

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I think you guys are being a little hard on the guy. I mean, he did win eight gold medals for the U.S. at last year's Olympics!
You're confusing him with Mark Spitz.
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Re: Fred Phelps: Civil rights attorney turned bigot?

Originally Posted by D.Pham00 View Post
seems like sometimes, the ones most against something are the ones doing it...
So...

Metaphorically speaking: 'He who smelt it dealt it'?
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You're confusing him with Mark Spitz.
But does that make less gay than Mark Swallows?
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Re: Fred Phelps: Civil rights attorney turned bigot?

As I always say when the subject of these mutants comes up... One day they're going to protest at the wrong person's funeral and they're going to be put down for good. And that will be a lovely day.
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Re: Fred Phelps: Civil rights attorney turned bigot?

Originally Posted by D.Pham00 View Post
seems like sometimes, the ones most against something are the ones doing it...
I used to really hate Black people, until I realized that deep down inside I was lashing out because I was a Black man trapped in a Redneck body.


There have been a few instances of that, but I think the vast majority that hate gays do so out of general upbringing and ignorance rather than being a closet gay.
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As I always say when the subject of these mutants comes up... One day they're going to protest at the wrong person's funeral and they're going to be put down for good. And that will be a lovely day.
Interesting...
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Re: Fred Phelps: Civil rights attorney turned bigot?

yeah there's definitely something wrong with this guy. on the bright side he is 79, so we won't have to deal with him much longer.
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Originally Posted by dollfins1 View Post
yeah there's definitely something wrong with this guy. on the bright side he is 79, so we won't have to deal with him much longer.
His asshole wife Shirley looks younger. I'm sure she will keep marching on once he's kicked the bucket.

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