The Sound of the Crowd

What have I, what have I, what have I done to deserve this?

That’s what I figure all the progressive-minded men and women in Cleveland are singing right now. From AccessNorthGa.com:

“A Topeka, Kansas anti-gay and lesbian group picketed near Truett-McConnell College Saturday in Cleveland, protesting against the Gay-Straight Alliance Club…Shirley Phelps-Roper held a bright neon painted sign that read “Thank God for 9-11” and claimed it was her duty to come to Cleveland…”

You know, sometimes I worry that all I seem to post around here is depressing. In that light, this should not be overlooked.

From The Nation:

“The only person asking, “What’s the matter with Kansas?” right now is the Rev. Fred Phelps. His decades of anti-gay activism–which include picketing outside hate crime victim Matthew Sheppard’s funeral with “God Hates Fags” signs–have apparently had little effect in his own backyard.”

“First, Topekans voted to reject Phelps’ bid to overturn the city’s ordinance banning discrimination of gays in municipal hiring…Topekans voted it down 14,285 to 12,795…[Then], in the city council primary, Phelps’ 20-year-old granddaughter and fellow anti-gay activist, Jael Phelps, lost big to Topeka’s first and only openly gay council member, Tiffany Muller. Muller, who initiated the ordinance last November, received 1,329 votes to Phelps’ 202.”

Balance, Daniel-San.


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