We are hosting a Phelps-A-Thon to counter Fred Phelps’ hateful message. For every minute the “God Hates Fags” clan is protesting, we will be collecting donations to benefit the Boston Latin School Gay / Straight Alliance club.
The Phelps clan will be protesting at the school for 30 minutes, from 7:15 AM to 7:45 AM on June 7th. You can pledge any amount you chose, whether it be $0.25, $0.50, $1, or even $2 for every minute they protest. You can even pledge a flat rate for the entire time the group will be demonstrating. (Pledge Online)
The point of this Phelps-A-Thon is two fold. First, we are using Phelps’ own hateful message to raise funds for a good cause, one that will help counter the lies that are being spread about LGBT people. Second, After the event, we will send Phelps a thank you card, telling him how much money he raised for LGBT equality. This will certainly upset the group and it is possible that they will stop protesting in order to stop our fundraising.
During a three month trek across the United States in an effort to promote LGBT equality, Chris Mason, Founder of Phelps-A-Thon.com, stopped in Topeka, Kansas to visit the Westboro Baptist Church. He sat down for a conversation with Shirley Phelps, the daughter of Fred Phelps and new leader of the group to get a better understanding of why the groups feels the need to spread hate.
On the “God Hates Fags” website, Phelps has this to say about the upcoming protest at the school:
“Boston Latin School 78 Avenue Louis Pasteur WBC to picket the Boston Latin School to remind this nation that God is cursing Doomed america because parents raise their children for the devil and teachers teach them the twin lies that “God loves everyone” and “it’s OK to be gay!” Romans 9:13 As it is written, Jacob have I loved, but Esau have I hated. The hatred of God is not some petty human emotion, but rather assured, eternal, well-deserved damnation. Likewise, the love of God is not some sappy sentiment but rather eternal salvation.”
We can turn these hateful words into positive change.
I’m picketing his funeral. Who’s with me?
and piss on his grave.
Does anyone know of a group, or groups, organizing a counter-demonstration? If so, please post details, as I will be sure to show up.
What did Boston Latin do to deserve this? Usually the WBC shows up in response to something specific.
p>The Romans passage is actually a quote from the Old Testament and says nothing specifically about the topic at hand. The overall message of the Bible and the Gospels in particular is of God’s universal love. Besides, St. Paul had is own views colored by his time and place and his views must always be taken as such.