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May 11, 2004

God Hates Fred Phelps, Part MMMXXLVIII

This makes me so angry I can barely type. Our beloved rugby coach, John Cook, passed away earlier this year. In March, his partner Brett and many friends hosted a memorial service, with space kindly donated by Christ the King Catholic Church, whose priest had been John's friend for many years. Well, somehow Fred Phelps (whom you might remember from these posts about his sick, sad activities) heard about it and is coming here to protest a week from Saturday. David and I will be in Europe but if some of you could join the Quake boys in a counter-protest, it would be wonderful. I'm copying below Brett's note the Quake Rugby list and some of our responses, including the Phelps Family Itinerary of Hate.

On Sat, 8 May 2004, flip98102 wrote:

> Hello everyone, Brett here. I got some bizarre and infuriating news
> last night. Apparently Fred Phelps' hatemonger minions are planning to
> demonstrate at Christ the King church, because said church dared host
> a memorial for a goddamned, burn in hell forever faggot, namely John
> Cook. Their brainless hate is infuriating enough on its own, but this
> is happening specifically around John. I will be there. I told the
> Priest I wouldn't "make trouble", but there's no way I can ignore
> this. I know many of you will be out of town (it's supposed to happen
> May 22)but I hope a few of you at least can be there with me and for
> John. I still have to find out what time and other details, but
> please contact me (John's old number) if you want to help.

Hey Quake,

I went to (that is Fred Phelps' website) and got some details about the May 22nd demonstration.

May 22, 2004
3:30 pm 4:00 pm
Seattle, WA
Seattle Eagle Tavern, 314 East Pike St.

May 22, 2004
4:30 pm 5:00 pm
Seattle, WA
Christ the King Catholic Church, 415 N. 117th St.

So, apparently they will be at the Eagle and then Christ the King Catholic Church.

I'm not sure what sort of action we should take about this, but there must be some action. I have a meeting in the morning and hope to be out to the church by 4:30pm. I hope to see many of you. After reading some of their website and trying to keep my breakfast down I noticed a few interesting points. It appears that gays yelling at the protesters does a few things
1. shows them that we are as violent and immoral as those at Sodom and Gomorrah.
2. Shows them that someone is hearing their "truth".
3. It gets them off, they really like to see gay people upset because that is their mission.

Now, I don't agree with these things but according to their website this is what happens. So, I think we need to come up with something outside of yelling. I think if we all went there and silently prayed, or pretended to pray (depending on your feelings around God) with some signs saying something along the lines of: "We're Praying for You to Find Love". I think this would actually really piss them off. However, if this isn't your cup o' tea, Craig and I spoke with a judge last night and apparently if your record is clean and you go and thump some bible thumpers you will only get about 6 months of jail time and most likely you won't even see that, just some community service.

Either way I'd be proud of ya.


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I wish we had a big picture of Fred holding his sign alleging that God blew up the shuttle. We could pair that with Falwell's comment that Fred is a "first-class nut."

It would be great if identifiable church bodies from the area were there to counter-protest.

Posted by: Gary on May 11, 2004 02:54 PM

If you want to go all biblical, I recommend a little Leviticus: Love thy neighbor. But that's because I'm an old testament kinda gal. There are lots of other religious phrases that will do the trick.

Posted by: pam on May 11, 2004 03:10 PM

I very much like the idea of not yelling back, not even protesting, per se, just holding biblical quotations and similar expressions on placards and making a statement about love being God's message or something. I kind of think making these people look as ridiculous as they are (I mean, really, you've got to be a truly pathetic individual to have so little meaning in your life that you spend so much time trying to harm others) and with as much press there as possible.

Quakers, I'll be there. Sign me up for whatever you decide to do.

Posted by: paulette on May 11, 2004 03:23 PM

Some idle thoughts I've had:
Block off the surrounding streets street-fair-like. Dress for a carnival atmosphere. Direct passers-by to the freakshow.
Get a lot of people dressed up like crazy, homophobic Baptists from Kansas with nothing else to do. Give them all signs that say something weird or silly, like "God hates shrimp." The greater the number of sign holders, the more ridiculous the messages, the better.
Stage a protest on another issue, probably fictitious, across the street. Stage a contentious counter-protest to that issue. Ignore Phelp's messages.

I had another one. Where did it go?

Posted by: Gary on May 11, 2004 04:12 PM

COUNT ME IN!!!! and anyone that i can round up!!

Posted by: jamie on May 12, 2004 09:42 AM

One other idea: a lot of people turn Phelps protests into fund raiser, having people sponser a doller amount for every hour (or what ever time amount) that they are there to protest. keeping a tally of the money raised in front of them to show them their complete stupidity....just a thought

Posted by: jamie on May 12, 2004 09:46 AM

I'm so sorry you'll have to put up with those godless cretins and they're horrid bile. My experience with them actually revealed how pathetic they really are. When my partner and I attended the consecration of V. Gene Robinson as Episcopal bishop of New Hampshire, there were a few Phelpsians there. However, they were few in number and lost in a sea of supportive counter-protesters. I hope and pray that you can have such a response to their hatred. Good luck, and my sympathy for the loss of your friend/partner.

Posted by: Dan Summers on May 12, 2004 01:36 PM

5{igns inviting Phelps to see what this homosexuality thing is all about? I can't imagine anything that'd piss off a zealot homophobe more.

The fundraiser is a great idea as is "God hates shrimp."

Whatever is decided, count me in to help.

Posted by: Jason on May 16, 2004 04:03 PM

What about signs inviting Phelps to see what this homosexuality thing is all about? I can't imagine anything that'd piss off a zealot homophobe more.

The fundraiser is a great idea as is "God hates shrimp."

Whatever is decided, count me in to help.

Posted by: Jason on May 16, 2004 04:04 PM

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