"And I'm ashamed to be an American
Where the fags can freely roam
And spread their filth throughout this land
Every pervert calls its home
And I'll proudly stand up
And hate a fag
And defend god's word today
Cause there ain't no doubt about this land
God hates the USA."
"It's a fearful thing what is going to happen to Casper, fag capital of the world," Margie Phelps shouted as she predicted the city would be destroyed by God like the biblical cities of Sodom and Gomorrah.
Personally, I love it. I think it is great when these cracked-out wingnuts do this sort of thing, for as horrible as the hurt they inflict is because of the bigger picture. When the whold world sees this, when they see the signs and hear the hateful rhetoric, they can no longer turn a blind eye. You cannot fight your enemies if you don't know who they are. That they would picket Matthew Shepard's anti-hate foundation, the very place he called home in the house his parents live in speaks volumes about the lengths these assholes will go to.
I really, REALLY hope that they come to Atlanta Pride again next year. I know that a lot of people are hurt by what they do. There are many tears that are shed when the Phelps cult goes on a rampage. For all of my friends who read this journal and anyone else that might come across it, please listen to me: Don't you dare shed one single tear over them. Not one. Let it turn into something else that will carry you farther than hurt will. Let it turn to anger. People get depressed because of these things and turn their anger inward and it eats them alive, please don't do that. There has been enough of it already and we don't need it anymore. Besides - what is it going to do for you in the long run to constantly get kicked down and not do something - anything - to make it better? Let it turn. In order to do that, you need to know who they really are...