On Tuesday, the people of Topeka, KS voted to retain a local gay rights ordinance. 53% voted to keep the ordinance. Even for the conservative Midwest, it was surprising the vote was so close. The person leading the recall effort was the Rev. Fred Phelps, probably the most filth-spewing, hate-filled person in America. The recall drive should have been totally derailed by its association with Phelps (whose headquarters are in Topeka).
Phelps’ favorite pastime is attending the funerals of AIDS victims and shouting out anti-gay slogans during the ceremony. He also attended the funeral of Matthew Shepard — the gay college student beaten to death in Wyoming in 1998 — for that same purpose.
Phelps’ personal copy of the Bible probably reads, in full: bla bla bla bla… “If a man also lie with mankind, as he lieth with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination: they shall surely be put to death; their blood shall be upon them.” …bla bla bla bla…
If you really want to test your First Amendment convictions, here is Phelps' website. You’ll be appalled; infuriated. In case you want to express your disagreement with him, here is his e-mail address. Not that I’m making any suggestions about sending nasty messages or anything; that would be wrong.