Yeah, and people say not paying attention is the best strategy. I don't believe that. "Just ignore them" has never worked with bullies. The best thing is to reach out to the vulnerable people who are targeted by the WBC. And pay attention to WBC's behaviors, because I'm sure there are some that could get them into civil, and maybe criminal, court. (I know they're all lawyers, but that didn't stop Fred Phelps from being permanently disbarred.)
I want to know if those fuckers eat pork or shellfish. It MAY be that they don't, but if they DO ... I want to make CERTAIN they are NEVER allowed to forget it.
And if they don't ... I want them held under a microscope, defined by their own bible, and see if they can withstand the scrutiny of the ridiculous laws prescribed by that antiquated piece of go-se.
I would bet that they do eat "unclean" meat. I'm also sure they are Sabbath breakers, something that according to the Bible is punishable by death.
I love that they say that there is to be NO WORK done on the Sabbath day. From the point of view of a physicist, work, or energy, is equal to force times distance: E = F x D. If you MOVE, you WORK! And the fact is that even if you don't MOVE, your heart works continually to keep you alive!
Yet another dumbass law that no one could hope to live up to!
"...that antiquated piece of go-se."
Totally shiny! Dong ma?
I don't know that I'd say he's that charismatic. If he was, he'd have more followers from outside of his immediate family.
I think "domineering" is probably more apt. I've heard some interviews with Nate Phelps, and his descriptions of the abuse and control within that family are shocking.
Sounds about right, judging by that article in the other thread about Nate.
I like your idea. I have seen some counterprotest signs that said things like "save the WBC children". There could be other signs like that. There have been quite a few younger people breaking away from the cult.
From reading "Addicted to Hate" I think he is probably bipolar, but also a sociopath.
Thank you. Im glad others have looked at it in a similar way.
Outreach seems more productive than playing into Fred Phelps' psychopathology and addiction to drama. After reading Nate's story, it seems to me that the family is hostage to FP's psychopathology, with some who are suffering from Stockholm syndrome and most probably victims and psychological prisoners. They actually need and deserve help, even some of the adults. Expressions of hope, caring, and direction to potential resources would be meaningful. I wonder if they have internet in their homes, or if the kids are kept in the dark ages? I would bet they are.