You’ve probably heard of Lady Gaga. I’d hope you’ve heard of Fred Phelps, but not everyone has heard about this charming piece of humanity. Feel free to google him, as explaining it all again would probably give me a coronary. He’s the only person that tempts me to swear every time I think of him. It’s a mental strain.
Basically, Phelps has organized a church (the majority of which being his family) that blames anything that goes wrong on homosexuals. Problems in the Middle East? Gays. Oil spill? Lesbians. God is punishing us.
Yeah. Right. Besides the fact that I don’t believe in god, if there was one, I doubt he/she/it would be saying it. Blaming another group of people for any problems you have is common, petty, hateful, and completely human. It’s something our race does well. Hitler started out blaming the Jews for things in his country. Hopefully Phelps won’t get that kind of power, but you can never underestimate the power of hate.
So why am I bringing this up? Well, I’m in the KC area this week, and the popular, if eccentric artist Lady Gaga is performing at the Sprint Center. For reasons unbeknownst to all but him, Fred Phelps has sent his minions to protest. And I’m going out there to protest him. We’ve got to show the world that humanity can be mobilized for things other than hatred.
I’m not asking anyone to come out. But next time you see someone blaming everything on someone else, or being sexist, or racist, or homophobic, remember. Don’t let them be Fred Phelps. Don’t let them be Hitler. Stop the cruelty and the hate and the madness, before it’s too late.