Need something to be pissed about?

How about something that actually deserves some outrage?

Early Sunday morning, April 6th, 21 year old April Englund, 20 year old Amanada Rief, and 23 year old Scott Hams, all students at the University of Wisconsin-Stout in Menomonie, Wisconsin died in a house fire.

Today, Fred Phelps' WBC showed up to protest the "fag lovers" who died in the fire.

I AM IN TEARS!  This is MY town!

You want to get angry over possible delegates being purged?  You want to get angry about someone not boycotting the opening ceremony of the Olympics?  You want to get angry over someone using Purdue copy machines to produce "pro-Obama" materials?

You know what I have to say about it?  Get angry that assholes like this exist in the world!  Get angry, that, as long as we keep going at each others' throats, shit like this gets no coverage.  

Watch the video and get angry about something that matters!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6tiMBq0ee lI

Tags: Fred Phelps, protest, UW-Stout, WBC (all tags)

Comments

18 Comments

Re: Need something to be pissed about?

People like Phelps want press coverage.  It's imperative that we pay no attention to his kind.

by venavena 2008-04-10 01:16PM | 0 recs
Fred Phelps has been to my college town...

once, and planned to show up a second time but changed his mind at the last minute.  I showed up both times with fellow counter-protesters to silently hold up tarps and sheets in front of the WBC members and their signs so that the mourners wouldn't have to see them.  The second time, more than twenty of us turned out in the middle of a snowstorm, along with a group from Freedom Riders (a motorcyclist group which follows Phelps and his cronies in order to show support for the families of the people whose funerals Phelps protests).  Although it turned out we weren't needed that time, I'll never forget that experience...or the experience I had at the first funeral, when they actually showed.  The hate and ugliness these people spew is unbelievable.

by Elsinora 2008-04-10 01:20PM | 0 recs
Re: Fred Phelps has been to my college town...

It is unbelievable.  This is what real hate looks like, and its disgusting.  Thank you Elsinora, for showing Fred Phelps and his ilk their presence wasn't welcomed.

by asherrem 2008-04-10 01:26PM | 0 recs
Re: Need something to be pissed about?
While disgusting, they accomplish little with these ugly stunts. Just as when they picket soldiers' funerals, they make the vast majority of peoples' stomach turn.


It's the Mike Huckabee types who are much more dangerous, imo. They seem like such nice people, though some of their views are in the dark ages.

by PhilFR 2008-04-10 01:35PM | 0 recs
I'm happy Obama got pressured to join Clinton

in urging Bush to boycott the opening ceremonies if China doesn't let up on bashing Tibetan protestors. Sometimes when we go "at each others' throats" good stuff happens.

by fairleft 2008-04-10 02:15PM | 0 recs
But isn't this what's wrong with politics?

If China "lets up" on Tibet a little bit, for a while, than it's all OK?

Politics, like business, is far too often a short-sighted business.

by PhilFR 2008-04-10 02:25PM | 0 recs
Re: But isn't this what's wrong with politics?

It would be a positive step. These are Presidential candidates, neither is President, and they've done their best as candidates to put a little pressure on Bush to put some pressure on China, which might do some human rights good. But I'm not talking about this mild 'politics of the possible' effort bringing peace, love and happiness to Tibet.

by fairleft 2008-04-11 11:30AM | 0 recs
Re: I'm happy Obama got pressured to join Clinton

Way to totally miss my point.

by asherrem 2008-04-10 08:38PM | 0 recs
Re: I'm happy Obama got pressured to join Clinton

I'm responding to a weakness in your 'point' by providing you a counter-example.

by fairleft 2008-04-11 11:31AM | 0 recs
Re: Need something to be pissed about?

I think the whole thing is ugly!!! WBC does have the right to assemble/free speech.

by tofriends 2008-04-10 03:13PM | 0 recs
Re: Need something to be pissed about?

Sure it does.

I'm not angry they're exercising their constitutional rights, I'm angry that they use religion as a basis for their hatred toward people who die under tragic circumstances.

by asherrem 2008-04-10 08:40PM | 0 recs
Re: Need something to be pissed about?

Here in Minneapolis, Phelps' supporters crashed the funerals of people who died in the bridge collapse last year. These people are disgusting. Fortunately, the entire congregation is comprised almost exclusively of members of a single family.

by jdusek 2008-04-10 03:52PM | 0 recs
Re: Need something to be pissed about?

Unbelievable.  I didn't even hear about that (I live near the border and we get all of our news from the Cities).  Apparently only "fags" die tragically.  Ugh!!

by asherrem 2008-04-10 08:34PM | 0 recs
Re: Need something to be pissed about?

People like that are worthless. Normally, I'm disinclined to talk about religion, but I hope the god they're so obsessed with really does exist. If he does, those hate-mongers are screwed. I hope karma is real. I'd love to see it bite those people in the ass.

by sricki 2008-04-10 04:19PM | 0 recs
Re: Need something to be pissed about?

If we allow John McCain to win the White House, look for a more emboldened Phelps in the future. That's why we Democrats need to stop fighting and tearing each other apart.

by zenful6219 2008-04-10 04:55PM | 0 recs
Re: Need something to be pissed about?

Exactly!

by asherrem 2008-04-10 08:41PM | 0 recs
Re: Need something to be pissed about?

Rev Phelps and his 'family' have been picketing gay and lesbian funerals for many many years and nobody seemed to care. Rev Phelps now pickets the funerals of dead soldiers coming from Iraq because 'they fight for GAY America' and deserve to die. Rev Phelps is being lumped into the 'anti-war' protester movement along with other democrats. Most of the Patriot Riders think they are out to save families against 'war protesters', most have no idea that Rev. Phelps is NOT an anti-war activist- but an anti-gay activist with a website godhatesfags- where he proudly lists the dead soldiers funerals they plan to picket because they died fighting for GAY America.

The man is dispicable and his 'followers' mostly family members with law degrees. They make their money suing for their lack of freedom of speech.

by Justwords 2008-04-10 05:27PM | 0 recs
Re: Need something to be pissed about?

Phelps is a disgusting human (if we can call him that).  

by freedom78 2008-04-10 07:16PM | 0 recs

Diaries

Advertise Blogads