Wednesday, March 4, 2009

I Love Fred Phelps

His group planned to picket the funeral of Tim McClean, the Canadian horribly killed by a homicidal psychopath on a bus.  But they seem to have been blocked at the border by the Mounties.   Phelps is one sick twisted motherfucker.

For that reason, I love the guy.  He makes the closet sisters and brothers angry enough to come out.  He makes their hetero friends angry enough to stand up and be counted.  He makes other hetero folk take a good hard look at themselves and examine their feelings.  Above all, he embarrasses the hell out of the more "respectable"  haters and the segregationists.  He's the loud tin can tied to their tail, the unwelcome poor relation at all of their parties, the lunatic uncle they'd prefer to keep in the attic out of sight.  He is their image after the pious "concerned" figleaf falls off.  
He worships the great homicidal psychopath in the sky; the mean old drunken grand-daddy in heaven who insists we all inherit sin like blue eyes and sickle cell anemia, and that someone must be killed for it.  He loves that god who demanded the unconditional slaughter of the Amalekites.  He believes in that god without apology.

As obscenities go, the lewdest public display at any Gay Pride event is very small potatoes compared to his funeral pickets.  Our side has its loonies, but nothing like him; not even close.  And our enemies are stuck with him whether they like it or not. 

I wrote to Fred years ago thanking him for all his efforts on behalf of gay liberation, and to keep up the good work.

I never heard back from him.


Göran Koch-Swahne said...

"He makes other hetero folk take a good hard look at themselves and examine their feelings."

Well... not really. He functions as a scape goat: See, we are not like HIM!

Göran Koch-Swahne said...

Just like the demonization of little dear old Adolf (especially in Films) enables people to ignore their own dark side...

Counterlight said...

You may have a point there, Goran.
That's why I always remind the other side that he's on THEIR side of the gay issue. Of course they get all upset and scream "guilt by association!" (like they would NEVER resort to such tactics themselves). But, my point is less to accuse than to appeal to whatever residual decency they may still have. This guy who is an offense against all decency agrees with you on this issue. In fact, he's gone crazy over it. Maybe you should re-examine your position. Perhaps there's something fundamentally wrong with it.

ueber-g said...

Don't forget our friends in the U.K. who refused to let Fred and his daughter enter the U.K. when they wanted to protest a production of "The Laramie Project" at a college in Basingstoke back in February. The polemic around his protest actually ensured that the play not only sold out, but that they had to add extra seats.