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dawn9476

WBC member running for seat on KS Board of Education

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SpeakNow

"School administrators are always complaining about budget problems and lack of funding for this or that. Haha, that's funny. I have a really simple solution to solve that problem: Eliminate funding for evolution textbooks and pseudo-education. We'll save a ton of money! Tell those evolution textbook publishers to recycle their waste of paper, and tell those evolution teachers to teach truths instead of lies."

Oh! Now I get why schools are woefully underfunded. It's obviously our science textbooks.

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doggie
http://gawker.com/5948086/a-westboro-baptist-church-member-is-running-for-a-seat-on-the-kansas-board-of-education

He believes that public education is preparing students to be "liars, crooks, thieves, murderers, and perverts." He also believes "evolution is a satanic lie."

and they still send their kids to public schools.

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SpeakNow

and they still send their kids to public schools.

And thank goodness they do. Those kids need to be exposed to people who are not constantly filled with hate. If I had parents in WBC, I'd want to be in public school in order to get the fuck away from them.

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E Street Fan

I was a bit worried about the nuts in Kansas* electing him, until I read this:

so far, his campaign contributions total five dollars.
:lol: Nevertheless, his opponent is right to take it seriously.

*I am not implying that everybody in Kansas is a nut. My sister and brother live there, and they both think the Phelpses are scum. I know many other Kansans who think the same.

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Renting with Raggles

I think Jason Wu (from his last name and bad photo) must be the little guy who asked to join the WBC in one of the latest documentaries on the family - I think this was about 2 years ago or so. He was from San Franscisco, and although he was obviously Asian-born, from his accent, had the weirdest little campy lisp on top of it. * He professed to be sincere but couldn't really express himself when asked why he wanted to join the church. Shirley Phelps- Roper seemed really skeptical about him on camera and I have to say I felt the same; it was like he was some queer man trying to infiltrate the group but didn't have the intelligence/ social acumen/familiarity with English to do so successfully. He just gave out this vibe of not being quite right, and I actually thought that he'd open fire on them or something if they let him into the fold. I guess he checked out OK with Gramps in the end, although that's not really an endorsement.

I hope he's not some unstable gay man who will try to murder the group, or some kind of "ex-gay" trying to avenge himself on his old community. Either only benefits the WBC ( who totally want to be martyred) and sets the LGBTQ movement back a decade or so until it's forgotten.

* I know that not all gay men in the world lisp, nor do they all come from San Fran. I also know that fundies often are unintentionally camp ( see Philips, Doug) - but I have known gay men who deliberately cultivated the "gay voice" for one reason or another.

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Sunnichick31

Can't these people go find a cave to live in? Or maybe we can ship them to Antarctica. Let the penguins deal with them

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crassy

Is he the guy from the documentaries who went to Topeka specifically to join them?

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2Cents

Yeah he was in the second documentary that Louis Theroux did on the family called America's Most Hated Family in Crisis. Louis asked him if he was a member of the church and Shirley was quick to point out that he wasn't "worthy"/ hadn't proved himself enough yet.

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FaustianSlip

I knew who he was as soon as I read the Gawker article! I actually watched the Louis Theroux episode just the other day, and yeah, that guy had my gaydar going crazy. I couldn't decide whether I found it more pathetic or sick that he was actively trying to join the church, but I guess he got what he was after.

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2Cents

My radar was pinging as well, then when Shirley made the comment about how he had just come up from San Fran and the nervous laughter from the man that followed pretty much made me a believer.

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ILoveJellybeans

I dont think he will get in. Everyone hates the WBC, regardless of their religion or race, their actions are too extreme for even fundies to like.

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dawbs

And thank goodness they do. Those kids need to be exposed to people who are not constantly filled with hate. If I had parents in WBC, I'd want to be in public school in order to get the fuck away from them.

I'll have to see if I can find it, but an interview w/ one of the kids who got out said more-or-less the opposite. That basically, since his parents were such outspoken assholes, he was sent to public school where he'd be shunned and abused by the other kids as a way to 'prove' to him that his dad was right, the rest of the world was shit, filled w/ awful people. :(

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lilwriter85
I dont think he will get in. Everyone hates the WBC, regardless of their religion or race, their actions are too extreme for even fundies to like.

I don't think he will get in either. The WBC is hated quite a bit in Kansas. The mayor/possibly former mayor of Topeka was known to make apology calls to the mayors of the towns and cities where the WBC protests at. That mayor would tell the other mayors that they were embarrassed by the WBC.

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linnea27

Interesting that he says that being hated is a sign that you are chosen by god, and yet thos group is pretty vocal about their hatred for gay people, muslims, and pretty much everyone else.

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shesinsane
Interesting that he says that being hated is a sign that you are chosen by god, and yet thos group is pretty vocal about their hatred for gay people, muslims, and pretty much everyone else.

By that logic, there's more chosen people in prison than anywhere else in the world.

Kansas held hearing on evolution as recently as 2005 (even made a movie about it, Kansas vs. Darwin), so WBC's position isn't as laughable as it might be in a state where evolution is widely accepted as fact.

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ILoveJellybeans

That logic is confusing. Everyone hates pedophiles as well and they arent Gods chosen people.

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Shasta ODonegal

Here are links to the documentaries if you haven't seen them yet. I really like the way Theroux tries to relate to the people he documents.

Louis Theroux (son of Paul Theroux) created an interesting documentary about the Phelps:

Part One:

http://youtu.be/bOrz5k0jWdU

Part Two:

http://youtu.be/UCSshfI_ZlY

Part Three:

http://youtu.be/MdGE5GxP2nc

Part Four:

http://youtu.be/ayVFHMn6Y6w

Part Five:

http://youtu.be/JjAOsgu45Oo

Part Six:

http://youtu.be/Lv4ejurj1XY

Part Seven:

http://youtu.be/TkIgoKClCfg

Part Eight was removed by You Tube.

The Sequel

America's Most Hated Family In Crisis:

http://youtu.be/ogJSRs_OE0I

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Anxious Girl

I'm just glad that most people view WBC as a cult...

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Black Aliss
Can't these people go find a cave to live in? Or maybe we can ship them to Antarctica. Let the penguins deal with them

What have the penguins ever done to deserve that? ;)

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ILoveJellybeans

We should buy a private island to send them to, on the condition that they are not allowed to leave the island or use the internet.

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Mommy22alyns

What have the penguins ever done to deserve that? ;)

I know, right? Don't sully Antarctica!!

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Mommy22alyns
We should buy a private island to send them to, on the condition that they are not allowed to leave the island or use the internet.

One with an active volcano ought to do it.

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DarkAnts

How about we just sent them to the sun.

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NjoyingNsanity

What have the penguins ever done to deserve that? ;)

Now I have this crazy mental picture of the WBC standing around a frozen no-man's-land, bundled up in parkas, freezing their asses off holding signs that day "God hates penguins."

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