Thursday, January 24, 2008

Sam Harris Responds to the Phelps Family

Good As You, a blog using humor to drive gay activism, posted this video in response to the crazy Phelps family in Kansas (of "God hates fags" fame) planning to picket Heath Ledger's funeral.

This is the comment I left:
I grew up with Baptists almost as crazy as Phelps. It sucks knowing that there are people so fucked up in the head that there is no way of reaching them with rationality. I know, because it keeps me from talking to about 99% of the people I knew in the first 15 years of my life.

I do hope people like Phelps make people change what they think. It gives me hope.

And it does, but not much.


emawkc said...

Hmm... I watched the video and I have to say he has some good points. But I would respectfully disagree with his idea that "silence justifies their war."

I think (as I have written before) that the only reason this group from Topeka does this type of obnoxious douchebaggery is so people will talk and respond.

I really don't think anyone of consequence takes them seriously anymore, so why should Sam Harris or any of the rest of us?

There's some old, but good, advice that I think applies in this situation: Never wrestle with a pig; you both get dirty and the pig loves it.

May said...

To answer your question, people like Phelps affect the climate of our country and the results of efforts to allow gay people the same priviledges as straight people.

They affect the people they are around and the children who have to grow up in those environments.

I care about this because I was personally affected and because my society is affected.

Ignoring people who feel they have the god-given right to interfere other people's lives led to incidents like WW2.

These people are not doing this so that people will "talk and respond." They are doing it because they sincerely believe that unless they act in this fashion they will be punished by god. They do it because they sincerely believe that he has given them the responsibility to make America operate on their version of biblical directive. These people are working EVERY SINGLE DAY to make this country worse. They want to control the activities of everyone in America and they are active activists and voters.

I grew up with this kind of person and I know exactly how and why they operate and ignoring the problem isn't going to make it go away.

Joe P. said...

Saw a great documentary on Phelps called "Fall from Grace." You might want to look into it. (And by "great," I mean sad, blood-boiling, but somewhat hopeful.)

Interesting how Phelps always waits until people are dead. Why didn't he try taking on Heath Ledger while he was alive? Why didn't Westboro protest the Oscars the year "Brokeback" was nominated? I wonder how far they would have gotten.

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