...Shirley Phelps-Roper seems to have been holding the reins for some time.
Phelps-Roper has a different kind of loony star power than her old man. When Fox "News" gives her airtime she makes other anti-LGBT crackpots like Sean Hannity look almost high-minded.
"Sean Hannity look like almost high-minded."
Gotta disagree. Granted, her world view is sick; but, given that, she spoke as calmly and to-the-point as possible considering the two-pronged attack she was under and she acquitted herself far more consistently than either of her persecutors. They both fell into a panic of outrage and, in doing so, sacrificed any modicum of respectability they may have claimed.
I don't know her from a bar of soap but I think I would be more likely to have a civilized conversation with her about atheism than I could ever imagine having with Hannity.
"you'd always get the same response" -
Undoubtedly, I'm just suggesting that, despite her horrible, hate-filled convictions, she still has more class than Hannity.
Gallup: "[Phelps-Roper] makes other anti-LGBT crackpots like Sean Hannity look almost high-minded."
MikeLong: Gotta disagree. Granted, her world view is sick; but, given that, she spoke as calmly and to-the-point as possible considering the two-pronged attack she was under and she acquitted herself far more consistently than either of her persecutors.
Hannity and Phelps-Roper are both sick. They share the same religiously-motivated anti-LGBT sentiment. The difference is a matter of approach and degrees.
A homely, severe-looking Shirley Phelps-Roper, citing the theology of a small church, attacks gays using crude signs displayed at funerals.
A dapper, smiling Sean Hannity, citing the theology of a big church, attacks gays using priests displayed at television viewers. (And invites Phelps-Roper onto his show to express her views.)
Anti-LGBT discrimination is Anti-LGBT discrimination.
Hannity just does it with more polish, bigger audiences and by citing a more popular religion to attack a less popular one. Note he's attacking Phelps-Roper for picketing funerals and applauding the death of innocents, not because he disagrees with her anti-LGBT discrimination.
(Note: Start the video at 30 seconds. The first part is messed up.)
Maybe there's a special place for him in Hell!
I thought he was already among the "Living Dead." If his death in any way contributes to the realization that religion is anything but the answer then I bode him a fond farewell.
And at the graveyard, I'd like to get a gothic bellydancer like Rachel Brice to dance nearby as he's interred.
I'm sure all sorts of special events are in the works, since Fred Phelps made dead people and grave sites fair game. For instance, I'm sure the Satantic Temple will make Phelps gay in the afterlife using the same ceremony they used to make Phelps' mother a posthumous lesbian. (NSFW)
"The Satanic Temple now believes that Fred Phelps must believe that his mother is now gay, in the afterlife, due to our Pink Mass... And nobody can challenge our right to our beliefs."
A lot of Christian religious sects are based on a single preacher/church. There is no one other than Fred Phelps himself to excommunicate him.
Oh my goodness the Celebrate song automatically started playing and I couldn't stop laughing. Goodbye Fred Phelps.