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GodHatesFags Coming to Beaverton

Members of Pastor Fred Phelps' church, the Westboro Baptist Church of Topeka,KS are heading to Beaverton this Friday with one message, "God Hates Fags."
fight this man and his followers
fight this man and his followers
Southridge High School in Beaverton, OR was planning on putting on a production of "The Laramie Project," a play about the aftermath of Matthew Shepard's murder in Laramie, WY. However, the school principal, Amy Gordon, stopped the play before it could get underway, saying that it was "too controversial" (the politically correct way of saying 'too gay'). Yet, members of the Westboro Baptist Church, which runs the website godhatesfags.com are still coming to Beaverton to let the school know that they never should have considered the play in the first place.

First off, this is homophobia and discrimination in stopping this outstanding play. Second, this is bigotry of the most extreme degree coming into town to make sure that this homophobia stays in place.

This needs to stop.

I would love to have a letter-writing campaign and more to the school board to let them know that this shit has got to end. Since I've been in Portland, I've heard of queer-positive events that were going to take place within the Beaverton School System that came under attack as being "too controversial" such as the Love Makes a Family art exhibit in February of 2004. However, I have bigger fish to fry right now.

When Fred Phelps' crew came to Portland in April 2004, I met them at every stop. True, they were not as overwhelming as I had imagined. Actually, because I knew they were outnumbered here in Portland, I found them even a little laughable. However, in a high school setting, in a suburb, I could see them being more intimidating.

These 'people' do not hold back at all. They are brash, loud and extremely offensive. They protested Matthew Shepard's funeral seven years ago. They carry signs that say "Thank God for AIDS." They have a tally on their site counting the number of days that Matthew Shepard has been in hell. As a group, they do not resort to violence. In fact, they love for others to instigate the violence so they can sue the hell out of them (they're a family of lawyers). Even though they aren't big on the physical violence, they carry an emotionally charged, hate-filled message. As a in-the-closet high school student, these people would have made me break down and run away.

That's why we need to say "Fuck no! Not here!"

I would implore everyone who can to go out to Southridge High School at 2pm (on the dot, they're prompt) tomorrow and tell these people where they can stick their mis-interpreted bible. Southridge high school is located at 9625 SW 125th Ave. The best weapon against these people is a louder voice (but bring signs, noisemakers and whatever else you feel is necessary.)

Come help support the GLBTQ students in this high school and the wonderful faculty that tried to put this play on in the first place.

(we'll write to the school some other time)
Isnít Bush, their hero, Gay? 29.Sep.2005 23:47

PHH

Wasn't Jeff Gannon his toy boy? I guess they're a little bit shy to talk about that. Who was that guy Bush shacked up with, Victor Ashe? They got rid of him in a hurry, didn't they?

You know, I came from the Bible belt and I knew a lot of those bible thumper, gay hater type guys. All the ones I knew were gay themselves, but in denial about it. They get older and forget about how they serviced Mister Jones down the street for a few bucks when they were a kid. They think they see evil in gays, but what really scares them is what they know about themselves deep inside.

the bigots ain't gay 30.Sep.2005 07:12

don't blame the victims

we have got to get over the idea that queers are to blame for anti-queer oppression. is internalized homophobia/heterosexism a problem? yes. but the role of hets in heterosexist oppression is much greater. and accusing bigots of being queer as a form of humiliation (like the folks in the photo) isn't going to help either.

Progressives know where they stand... 30.Sep.2005 08:00

Pravda or Consequences

It's about time the center stood up to be counted.

Hate is a wasted emotion and groups like the Westboro Baptist Church of Topeka Kansas need to called on for the poison they spread and challenged for the non-Christian values they promote.

But not only us. Let those who claim to be Christian put up or shut up.

Who's coming? 30.Sep.2005 08:07

progvoice

So, are we just going to talk about it, or are you people going to come down here and face down the haters?

I did not intend to blame the victims 30.Sep.2005 08:23

PHH

I was trying to say that the bigots were hypocrites. No offense intended for the victims. It's the hate and the hypocrisy that's the problem, not the sexual orientation.

The hypocrisy extends to other things as well. For instance, these people support war which is contrary to the teachings of Jesus.

Pat Robertson and Fred Phelps got it wrong..... 30.Sep.2005 08:24

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rejoice!

Here's a popular idea! 30.Sep.2005 09:45

Sephiroth

If you want to see Phelps effectively shoot himself in the foot, (but it's probably too late to organize this now), why not get sponsors to donate a certain amount of money for every minute that he and his GodHatesFags contingent are present. The money goes to LGBTQ causes. That means that every additional minute that they stand with their signs up, they are helping to finance queer advocacy. This worked beautifully in the not too distant past.

Somebody needs to be there with a STOPWATCH to time Phelps. The longer he stays, the better for the wallets of the GSA and other similar groups.

Making something ruseful and cunning out of Phelps' visit is good for morale on our side. We could just sit there with angry anti-hate signs, or we could but a giggly grin on and help Phelps make money for all the gay dudes and chicks of the world. Because we need it. We need more openness and more ability for young queers (and adults too) to connect with each other, whether for solidarity or for social/relationship reasons.

ONE MORE THING!!!! 30.Sep.2005 09:53

Sephiroth

Students at Southridge need to stand up and get very loud and demanding about gay equality. Don't be meek, be militant and radical! If the principal threatens to block another Laramie-type play, YOU NEED TO THREATEN A STUDENT STRIKE!!!!!!!! Picket outside the school with signs stating your demands. And shout "Scab scab scab!" at any student who crosses the picket line.

I've dealt with this group in the past 30.Sep.2005 09:56

important

Hey everyone... I've dealt with these people in the past. Unfortunately I can't make it to Beaverton today, but if anyone who is organizing the counter protest is reading this, please listen!

These people want conflict, if you guys show up just to give them a hard time they win. The most effective strategy I've seen against them has been organizing fundraisers in the counter protest. Groups set up donation bins with all the funds going to PFLAG or some other group, and people pledge however much they can for every minute the Westboro folks are out there - usually $1. So the longer they stay out there, the more money you raise.

You have to turn their hate into something positive rather than meeting it with hate! Trust me, they thrive on it when they're confronted with anger!

awesome ideas 30.Sep.2005 11:07

Agent Compassion

How long do these twat waffles talk generally? How long can we expect to be there counterprotesting?

the bigots aint gay i agree 30.Sep.2005 12:07

S

These guys are so insecure in their own masculinity that they have to lash out at others to feel good. Pretty sad if you ask me. Someone should tell them to act like real men and go home and love their wives (if they have one).

so what happened? 30.Sep.2005 18:18

LynnS

Did anyone show? Was a fundraiser organized? Wish I'd seen this sooner, I would have sponsored in a fundraiser against this gits.

counter protest ideas 30.Sep.2005 19:42

dr b

too bad its already over, because it would be really funny to get a whole bunch of GUYS to run over and try to makeout with Fred Phelps. "Fred I just wanna kiss you! thats all!" "Fred, why are you running away!" "come back Fred. you're so hot!"

boy, wouldnt that knock his socks off!

Disturbing. 06.Oct.2005 07:59

Portlander in Chicago Chicagovegank@yahoo.com

How the hell can you get "God hates homosexuals" out of Jesus' message? For crap's sake, Jesus was a pacifist hippie who loved/loves everyone----including homosexuals. How can you MISS that?!