One of the most controversial guests we’ve ever had on this show is Shirley Phelps Roeper, the matriarch of the Westboro Baptist Church, the group best known for picketing funerals of dead soldiers by holding up signs saying “God Hates F*gs.”
One consequence of the Church getting so much negative media attention at these awful protests, is, believe it or not, the advancement of LGBT equality because their hate-mongering forces people to either side with them or stand up for LGBT rights. There’s no sitting on the fence. So are these guys nuts or are they pulling the ultimate prank by exposing hypocrisy and religion as a tool for discrimination?Today, Shirley Phelps Roeper joins us to talk about a new battle exploding on several fronts for Westboro Baptist Church: One, a huge fight with Anonymous, a group of internet freedom fighter; and another with the U.S. Supreme Court, where they are being sued for 10 million dollars for protesting near a military funeral.
Their spat with Anonymous started when a message was posted on Anonymous’ blog warning the Westboro Baptist Church to cool their rhetoric or get hacked, but the church responded- do your worst, we can’t be shut up. Anonymous then denied the blog post was official even though they later did manage to hack into the site.Some people are accusing the church of orchestrating the whole kerfuffle just to get media attention or to make buckets of cash by sueing any IP adresses associated with any attacks on their site God Hates F*gs.
But, Shirley Phelps Roeper says the Church has no plans to sue any hacker and would only like to thank them for all the attention.
She’s also pleased as punch that her First Amendment court case involving the protest at the military funeral made it all the way to the Supreme Court and you’ll love hearing what particular protest sign made arch-conservative Justice Antonin Scalia’s blood boil.
Does God Hate Wikileaks? Starbucks? Wisconsin? Unions??
Why does Shirley Phelps spank her kids?
What does she think of the Oscars?
And we take your questions.
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