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10:54 am: Return of the Flaming Asshole (Phelps, not me)
The Reverend Fred Phelps, whose website is well-known, has finally hit upon a way to make the right wing hate him just as much as the left wing; he is now protesting the funerals of fallen American soldiers. Apparently, their deaths are part of God's punishment for America's tolerance of gay people.

Words cannot express, and so I won't even try. But as anybody who's worn a Gore shirt to a Bush speech will tell you, these guys may discover that their new provocation is ill-timed.

So here's the thing. Once Phelps and the Westboro Baptist Church all get disappeared by the secret assassin team of Dick and Mary Cheney, we will be left to ourselves to figure out exactly what it is that God hates. It is a heavy responsibility, but one that I think that we are all ready for.

Poll #516626 What Exactly Does God Hate, Anyway?

Select all that apply. Scriptual support apparently not necessary.

High-interest credit card solicitations
0(0.0%)
Greasy yet flavorless Chinese food
0(0.0%)
Two and a Half Men
0(0.0%)
Flavored vodka
0(0.0%)
Kenny G.
0(0.0%)
Wearing flip-flops in public
0(0.0%)
Episode III
0(0.0%)
Missed blinds
0(0.0%)
Processed cheese
0(0.0%)
Cheap umbrellas that break the third time you use them
0(0.0%)
Ticks
0(0.0%)
Calypso ringtones
0(0.0%)
Those Asian emoticons that don't go sideways like He intended
0(0.0%)
Ticketmaster service charges
1(5.6%)
Shopping carts with one wheel that just doesn't work quite right
0(0.0%)


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From:popebuck1
Date:June 20th, 2005 04:23 pm (UTC)
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"The Plaid Adder" at Democratic Underground has posted an excellent analysis of Phelps's brand of hate. His thesis is that all this time, Phelps really hasn't been about gays at all - he's just hateful, period, and now that his anti-gay act is getting less and less press, he's happy to move onto something else.
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From:bellanotsoblu
Date:June 20th, 2005 05:19 pm (UTC)
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what about ketchup and very delicious cookies that end up being raisins instead of chocolate chips... Oh wait, that's you not God... is there a difference?? hee hee.

my question has always been this... where do Fred Phelps and people like him get off with hating and judging and forgetting the loving and accepting. I once heard a Christian say that part of being Christian is being judgemental. To me that sounded like someone who missed the point. And it seems there are more people missing the point these days. I believe that people have the right to their beliefs, but why outwardly spread so much hate??? How could that lead to any peace whatsoever. Oops I made the mistake of thinking that EVERYBODY wants peace, some people just want to be right and self-righteous. hmmm... tangent.
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From:dampha
Date:June 20th, 2005 06:17 pm (UTC)
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The difference, I think, is between judgment and hate. The message of this church is so annoying because it confuses the two. It's a general Christian teaching that God judges us, and most Christians believe that we all fall short of the mark in that judgement. But few Christians believe that hate has anything to do with that judgement.

I do think that part of being an ethical person (so this applies to other people besides Christians) is being able to discriminate between good and evil. That might have been what your Christian friend meant. That sort of discrimination is judgemental in the respect that it involves judging, but not in the respect that having made the distinction gives us license to condemn others--planks in our own eyes and all that. By which I don't mean to imply that it's not OK to publicly condemn what you believe is evil--I do that all the time! But don't be so narcissistic as to think that your judgement--let alone your petty little emotions--represent a definitive, universal Truth.
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From:shwiggitude
Date:September 1st, 2005 06:01 pm (UTC)

salaam maleekum

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hey, heard you're an rpcv from gambia? me too. i was stationed in naude, way the hell up by basse. i'm a friend of sueg. just wanted to say hi. i'm going off for another peace corps assignment soon, actually, in cameroon.
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From:dampha
Date:September 1st, 2005 06:05 pm (UTC)

Jam Tang

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sueg was just telling me about you today. What a small world! Anyway, thanks for saying howdy, and I wish you luck in Camaroon. I might re-up one of these days myself. :)
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