Did the Westboro Baptist Church founder's tactics backfire?

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  • slcdenizen t-ville, UT
    March 21, 2014 2:24 p.m.


    "my position in defense of marriage"

    I'm not sure history will make the distinction between Phelps and those who support "traditional marriage". Both have embraced bigotry under the guise of righteousness. I invite you to follow Jesus and cease casting stones. If your God truly meant for there to not be homosexuality, then I will continue to support your right to not be gay married. For those who may feel differently, let's let them move on with their lives.

  • K Mchenry, IL
    March 21, 2014 9:38 a.m.

    The man wasn't excommunicated because he developed a softer stance. Their leader dying would paint in their mind their group being wrong. And he was dying. Further if anyone did anything to his grave or funeral it would not in their minds be connected to them. It's all about appearances and control.

    I hope the man repented in his last moments.

  • Ranch Here, UT
    March 21, 2014 8:39 a.m.


    And I believe that your own actions opposing marriage equality are driven by "the adversary". Who is right?

    Phelps won't be missed by many and there are those who would like to dance on his grave. He's dead and has ceased to exist; he won't even notice so it wouldn't do any good.

  • Jamescmeyer Midwest City, USA, OK
    March 21, 2014 7:51 a.m.

    I'm not sure his tactics necessarily "backfired". They seemed rather clearly driven by blind hatred, which has encouraged people opposing him to use blind hatred in pushing back against anyone who disagrees with them. I've personally had a recent experience with this, reinforcing my position in defense of marriage and further impeding the way for actual discussion.

    You see, I'm not so sure this man's actions were driven by a love of God and his fellow man, but rather by the adversary. I would say that the adversary's tactics did exactly what he intended them to do.

  • Marty Jr Long Beachq, CA
    March 20, 2014 9:28 p.m.

    In answer to the headline, the answer is an unqualified "yes" as he galvanized people, including Christians, against his message of God's hatred by turning a lot of God's people to "Love thy neighbor as thyself."

    There are errors in this story. According to Nate Phelps, he was excommunicated last year, not just a couple of days ago. And, the showing more kindness was toward his own "flock" to treat each other more kindly.

  • casual observer Salt Lake City, UT
    March 20, 2014 5:37 p.m.

    Let this troubled man be gone and forgotten. He was his own worst PR.