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March 25th, 2011
01:23 PM ET

Opinion: Westboro church is homophobia stripped bare

Editor's note: Jane Velez-Mitchell hosts "ISSUES with Jane Velez-Mitchell," a topical event-driven show with a wide range of viewpoints that airs every night at 7 ET on HLN.

What does homophobia look like when it's stripped bare of fancy costumes like family values and tradition? It looks like that group of strange, angry people who protest at the funerals of U.S. soldiers who've died fighting for our country.

You know them. They hold up signs that say "God Hates Fags" and "Thank God for Dead Soldiers." (The U.S. Supreme Court ruled this month that the group's actions are constitutionally protected free speech.)

The group's hypothesis is that God is punishing America for its acceptance of homosexuality. Many of us wonder, to borrow a phrase from Jerry Seinfeld, who are these people?

Recently, on my HLN show, I got some insight during an interview with Nate Phelps. He's the estranged son of Pastor Fred Phelps, the leader of the infamous Westboro Baptist Church, which organizes those anti-gay protests.

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Filed under: Homosexuality • Opinion • Westboro Bapitst Church

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  2. Gia

    Wordsmith aka Tom,
    Talk about dense!
    Admonished? LOL! Wow, I spelled a word wrong, and you are so up on things, you are tracking back posts? Geesh, Tom..find a new career! You're such a numbnut!

    April 4, 2011 at 7:32 am |
  3. Gia

    Yea Tom....Talk about dumb! You were the only student in High School that could legally bring a six pack of beer to school at lunchtime. Your a hypocrite yourself Tom. But then again I will make sure the National Enquirer gets you front page when you graduate a grey headed alc at 40..! .

    April 2, 2011 at 7:01 pm |
    • Wordsmith

      "Your a hypocrite yourself..."

      Need I say more?

      Ok, I will anyway, because you are obviously too dense to see it, Gia.

      You say this only a couple of posts after being admonished about the incorrect use of 'your' and you're.

      April 2, 2011 at 7:09 pm |
  4. Gia

    Tom.....Guess what? I am a Christian, but not a door mat! You can go F'ck off, who the hell are you, the english teacher of us all? Well, let me say, for somebody who claims to be so friggin word correct, you sure as hell have a bad time articulating what you want to say, and all you do is cuss and insult, people, you silly ass! How's that for a running sentence, porkjaws?

    Ok, Gotta go say my prayers...you devil, got me to sin, are ya happy now, mr ain't got no balls? Go hide bejind your little keyboard, you spineless low life piggy!
    You don't need God, you need a shrink, cause you're nutso!

    March 31, 2011 at 7:07 pm |
    • Charmer

      Wordsmith... It shows a great deal of lazy, disorganized thinking and mush-mindedness, which can certainly be projected to be the case with your other mistaken thought processes.

      Does that include imagining names that are not there? Like..who is "Geri"? It appears you suffer from the same things, thus rendering yourself as well to " other mistaken thought processes." :)

      March 31, 2011 at 8:38 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Oooh, what a great "Christian" you are, Gia.

      Dumb as a box of rocks and a little hypocrite to boot. Notify the media when you manage to graduate from high school. At age 25.

      April 1, 2011 at 11:08 pm |
  5. Bill Chalmer

    Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

    Gia, you goat, you haven't provided any "proof". If you had, the newspaper headlines would be written in letters two inches tall. What kind of dope are you smoking that makes you imagine that some nonsense you read on a religious site is in any way related to scientific or historical fact, you dolt? Grow the hell up, girl. You're dumber than a box of hair and less interesting than a turd.

    Can you actually express yourself like a civil person? I think after reading these posts, your the one who needs to grow up. Dumber then a box of hair? How is hair, dumb?
    Me thinks you should stick to your comic books! Your childish jabber is not even amusing, at best.

    March 31, 2011 at 7:11 am |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      It's "YOU'RE the one", you moron. Do you idiots sleep through school? It never fails; not one of you nitwits can figure out the simplest words and when anyone points out your failings, you are incensed. I don't need some half-wit telling me how to interpret the Bible. If you can't write a simple sentence, don't even bother attempting to berate me, doofus.

      March 31, 2011 at 2:22 pm |
    • Wordsmith

      Bill, Gia, Geri, etc.

      Nobody should demand perfection in the use of the English language on generally casual boards like these - especially since we have no 'edit' function; but the continued misuse of simple words and the lack of basic skills, such as knowing the difference between 'their', they're, and there; 'your' and 'you're'; 'then' and 'than'; and greengrocer's plurals (apple's, orange's) is very telling. It shows a great deal of lazy, disorganized thinking and mush-mindedness, which can certainly be projected to be the case with your other mistaken thought processes.

      p.s. English as a Second Language folks should be given a more generous lati.tude, of course.

      March 31, 2011 at 7:52 pm |
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