When you want to organize a no-subtlety-about-it hate-a-thon, who you gonna call?
That’s right: Pastor Fred Phelps and the Westboro Baptist Church, based in Topeka, Kansas, but quite often on the road. And headed to eastern Washington and northern Idaho on October 21 and 22, presumably with their signs saying “Thank God for Dead Soldiers,” “God Hates America,” “God Hates Fags” (have you seen the sharp deadpan parody of that one in the opening credits for True Blood?) and others of similar ilk.
This undiluted hatred is so far out that the acceptance level for it has to be miscroscopic. Phelps and company will turn off more people than it turns on.
At the Spokesman-Review, Dave Oliveria asked those on his Huckleberries blog: “Is it best to ignore these hatemongers? Or stage a counter-protest?” Good question, about which the audience was split.
Another question, though: Suppose the news media declined to give Phelps any coverage – not an inch of print, not a second of air? That might be the most effective response of all.Share on Facebook