Members of the Westboro Baptist Church are insane zealots who pervert Christian teachings to meet their own bigotries. There is nothing that Fred Phelps or his lunatics could scream or say that I, as a thinking American and openly gay male, care to hear or need to know. It's why today, February 19, 2010 as they harass young students at Wilson High School and other locations all over my city of Long Beach, I won't be there, I won't be listening, and if I had a kid, they'd be staying home today.
I say this in the same vein as I don't need to sit through speeches on white supremacy to know what those speaking are about, I don't need to hear anti-Semitic rants to get the agenda of those who would spout them and I don't need to attend a skinhead meeting for anything other than looking at hot guys with tattoos.
And whereas liberal radio has so little air time in this country as it is, I'm not going to spend precious hours of it on my syndicated show playing sound clips of such people for any reason; be it to show how insane they are or to make some point. You don't indulge or publicize the fringe out there that are truly, truly disturbed.
Why? Look to the skies. Did you see the plane fall out of it February 18th, 2010 in Austin, as an angry man with an agenda that sounds very much like another fringe radical group, the Tea Baggers, decided to use a small plane to try and kill IRS employees because he hated taxes? Or the radical that killed Dr. Tiller? Or walked in to the Holocaust Museum or, or, or...
That's why I wish the media, my liberal friends on radio, and every other thinking person would stop listening to people attending "tea parties" or even CPAC Conferences. These people are blind ideologues who ignore facts and history and make dangerous and very seditious, almost anarchical speeches. They are the fringe, they are disturbed and thus they can be dangerous.
Take former Vice President Dick Cheney. Many, including myself, believe he is a war criminal guilty of ordering torture and other offenses. Each time I see him I want him arrested; he is a disgrace. To give anything he, or his family, has to say any kind of press or airtime is not only ridiculous but goes against established practices. News agencies don't broadcast the manifesto's of criminals, and if they do, they don't do it to show agreement or acceptance.
Be it Dick Army or Sarah Palin, these people only want power and are crazy with it and should be seen as the zealots that they are.
I could rant, but why. I could print some of their statements to back up my opinion, but why? Let's stop paying serious attention to and subsequently giving power to these small, fringe, disturbed groups of individuals, be they Westboro or CPAC. They hate, they divide, they want things one way or no way at all, theirs. Ignoring these groups has worked well so far, let's keep it up.
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