Sam Brownback to be picketed by Phelps
Somehow, homophobe Kansas Senator Sam Brownback wasn’t on the top of my list of the folks I would imagine The Rotting CryptkeeperTM picketing, but lo and behold…
Remember, Sam of the awesome 70’s ‘fro once told a group of businessmen he wanted to be the next Jesse Helms. Also, he will not hire openly gay people to work for him, and has a chief of staff, Robert Wasinger, who wrote in a campus magazine funded by the Heritage Foundation, that the “innocent sperm” of gay men are “forced to swim into feces.”
I can’t imagine why Fred would want to picket someone with those credentials.
Speaking of the The Rotting CryptkeeperTM, his band of bigots was met by a counter-demonstration held by bikers who are tired of his protests at soldiers’ funerals. (CNN):
Wearing vests covered in military patches, a band of motorcyclists rolls around the country from one soldier’s funeral to another, cheering respectfully to overshadow jeers from church protesters.
They call themselves the Patriot Guard Riders, and they are more than 5,000 strong, forming to counter anti-gay protests held by the Rev. Fred Phelps at military funerals.
…The bikers shield the families of dead soldiers from the protesters, and overshadow the jeers with patriotic chants and a sea of red, white and blue flags.
“The most important thing we can do is let families know that the nation cares,” said Don Woodrick, the group’s Kentucky captain. “When a total stranger gets on a motorcycle in the middle of winter and drives 300 miles to hold a flag, that makes a powerful statement.”
…Shirley Phelps-Roper, a daughter of Fred Phelps and an attorney for the Topeka, Kansas-based church, said neither state laws nor the Patriot Guard can silence their message that God killed the soldiers because they fought for a country that embraces homosexuals.
“The scriptures are crystal clear that when God sets out to punish a nation, it is with the sword. An IED is just a broken-up sword,” Phelps-Roper said. “Since that is his weapon of choice, our forum of choice has got to be a dead soldier’s funeral.”
Hat tip, Holly.