By Diane Silver
[updated 4/17, 10:32 a.m.]
The Phelps have announced they will picket the funerals of the Virginia Tech victims.
I've been watching my traffic logs, and I'm surprised at what I'm seeing. I'm getting a lot of hits from people who are getting to this blog via a Google search for some combination of Fred Phelps, Westboro Baptist Church and something about the Virginia Tech shootings.
This is an honest question: Why are you combining these terms in your search?
To my new visitors, please note that this is a liberal blog, and I'm a lesbian writer who has often done battle with the Phelps. Google is probably sending you here because I wrote about the VT shootings today, and I have posted about Westboro Church in the past. As you probably know, they are a church based on hate and don't have a shred of compassion. (Here's a link to all of In This Moment's Fred Phelps posts. Don't forget to scroll down.)
However, at this point I know of nothing about Phelps or Westboro that connects with the shootings. Are you expecting him to picket the funerals of those who died? It wouldn't be a surprise if Westboro did this. It would fit their pattern of picketing the funerals of gays, those who have died of AIDS and soldiers killed in Iraq.
I pray that Westboro and the Phelps clan don't add to the horror again. I wouldn't put it past them. So far, though, I haven't seen any report that they plan on doing that.
I hate to send anyone to their web site, but if they decide to picket any VT funerals, they'll post it at www.godhatesfags.com. Do NOT visit this site unless you are ready to be drenched in hate! It's a pretty vile place.
If anyone has questions about the Phelps, I'll be glad to provide whatever answers I can. If anyone can clue me in as to any other reason why people are connecting them with this horrible tragedy, I'd be interested to know.
My prayers to all tonight, and especially to those at Virginia Tech. What a horror. I pray that the Phelps don't add to it.