This is just a cool, cool story, and one with a personal angle for us at the ‘Group. Lynne of Left in Lowell (and a frequent commenter here and on the other MA blogs) decided to take on Fred Phelps and the gay-hating nutjobs who went up to protest Dracut’s Englesby Intermediate School as a "fag-infested moral cesspool". Just read Frederick Clarkson’s diary on Daily Kos for the whole scoop — and good on Fred for pointing it out to the Kos community.
If I may quote Lynne from one of her comments on the thread:
I think when you get right down to it, the best course of action iswhatever the community wants to do. Because that’s what the communityis comfortable with. And at the very least, Phelps’ followers’ presencebrought together a group of people who never would have met, and linkedthem. That’s the sense I want to take out of this whole thing – we’reso isolated in our modern lives. Anything that helps us reformcommunities ultimately does good. Especially if that’s the opposite ofPhelps or his goals, whatever they are.
Can it possibly get any better than that?