Monday, August 13, 2007
Where There's Media, Theres Fred.
Christian Radical Fred Phelps's "anti-gay hate group Westboro Baptist Church" is planning "protests at funerals of victims of the 35W bridge collapse to state that God made the bridge fall because he hates America, and especially Minnesota, because of its tolerance of homosexuality." Shortly after the bridge's collapse, the Westboro group put out a release headlined, "Thank God for Minneapolis Bridge Collapse." This instance is far not the first time Phelps has exploited calamity and catastrophe to promote his Radical Christian cause. In response to the July 2005 London attacks, Phelps posted a release stating, "Thank God for the bombing of London’s subway today -- July 7, 2005 -- wherein dozens were killed and hundreds seriously injured. Wish it was many more." Phelps's cult has also traveled the country disrupting military funerals, picketing dozens of burial services with messages such as "Thank God For AIDS" and "God Hates Fags." These "protests" forced Congress to pass the Respect for America's Fallen Heroes Act in 2006, which "bars protests within 500 feet of a military cemetery from 60 minutes before to 60 minutes after a funeral if those protests involve disruptive noises or other disturbances." Banned from military funerals, Phelps is excited to be taking his agenda to the victims in Minneapolis. No word on whether InfoCision will be raising money for Westboro Baptist Church.