Fox News says Fred Phelps’ “God Hates F*gs” hate group is “left wing”

When’s the last time you met a gay-hating, Obama-hating (they think he’s literally the anti-Christ), Muslim-hating, Catholic-hating (conservative Baptists think Catholics worship Satan) evangelical Baptist church that was full of Democrats?  Oh yeah, they also really really don’t like Jews.  Well, if you believe Fox News (your first mistake), Fred Phelps’ Westboro Baptist Church is really a bunch of liberals.  Albeit, liberals who hate gays, Obama, Muslims, Jews and have the same view of Catholics as the Republican-loving religious right.

Other than that, very liberal.

This story is a perfect example of why Fox News is not a “news” network, but rather, is little more than a propaganda arm of the Republican party.  And the far right wing of the GOP, at that.

As you may know, the evangelical anti-gay activists at the Westboro Baptist Church in Kansas regularly picket the funerals of gay people.  They’re the kind folks who operate the “God Hates Fags” Web site (those are also generally the type of signs they hold at their protests).  Over the last several years they’ve started to picket the funerals of non-gay people as well, including US service members, though it’s not entirely clear why, other than as a means of getting attention.

Well, this time they’re picketing the funeral of the dead children in Newtown, Connecticut.  Anonymous hacked the church’s Web site after the protests were announced, and it’s still rather difficult to pull the site up – I was finally able to get to their home page: GodHatesFags.com.  Here it is, in all of its “left wing” glory:

God Hates Fags home page

GodHatesFags.com home page of Fred Phelps’ Westboro Baptist Church.

Hmm… Let’s see. The Democratic party is on the record supporting gay marriage. The Republican party is on the record opposing gay marriage. And the Baptist “God Hates Fags” church is virulently opposed to gay marriage. Let’s all guess which political party is more like to garner their sympathies.  But that didn’t stop Fox News.  Fox thrives on the fact that their viewers are dumb, unaware of the facts, and awfully gullible.  Nothing better than a gullible blank slate if you’re trying to peddle lies.  So here is how Fox News describes Phelps’ church when it was protesting the funerals of the children mass-murdered by a gun nut in Newtown, Connecticut (check the description under the photo):

Fox News says Fred Phelps is "left wing"

From Fox News’ Web site, Fox Nation.

Did you catch that?

“Bikers turn out to protect Newtown mourners from left-wing Westboro cult”

Left-wing Westboro cult.

Uh huh.

This is how Fox News operates.  You can argue that MSNBC has a bias, and the network does – now, and in response to Fox.  But while MSNBC has a liberal bias, Fox just lies.

Now, as Kerry Lauerman points out in this Mother Jones piece from 1999, Fred Phelps was a Democrat before he went bonkers over 20 years ago.  Yeah, and I was a Republican back then as well.  I’m not a Republican now.  And it would be factually incorrect to call AMERICAblog a “right-wing Web site” because its founder was a Republican over twenty years ago before his political views shifted markedly.  Same goes for Fred Phelps, who was a Democrat over twenty years ago, before he ventured into anti-gay crazyland, but then turned on Democrats when he saw the party embracing gays in the 1992 presidential election.  That’s when Phelps’ anti-gay animus exploded.

But don’t tell that to Fox News.  Fox News isn’t about nuance. Fox News isn’t about the truth.  Fox News is the propaganda wing of the Republican party, and truth isn’t their goal.  Electing Republicans is their goal.  At all costs.  That’s why their viewers are routinely found to be the most uninformed of any, and why studies have found that you’ll be more informed on the issues if you simply don’t watch Fox News.


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  • A1rh3ad

    I think it’s fair to say that the wbc has enough for everybody to hate.

  • mintap

    Westboro cult leader Fred Phelps ran as a Democrat five times, they supported Al Gore, they protested the Iraq war (in Iraq!), he claimed Gerald Ford was in hell. Look at his views on defense, they are left of Obama’s by far. “Left-wing cult” is not that far off.

  • Da kid

    Rest in piss bitch

  • ELawrence

    Call it NOT ‘fox news’, but speak ye truth: FOX PROPAGANDA NETWORK

  • ELawrence

    Wow – ‘Dawn Breaks on Marblehead’

  • Brent

    awesome!

  • Brent

    Fred Phelps is truly hated, by God or anyone else, in fact, I’m pretty sure my cat hates Fred Phelps, & I know alot of dead people do. When is this dirtbagpondscumhorrorshow gonna die?

  • Ekolk

    It’s kinda of difficult to take a person seriously whose display name suggests that I am a subhuman. That kind of black and white dichotomy reminds quite a bit of the nonsense that Mr. Boehner and his ilk spew on a daily basis about homosexuals. Way to be better than them.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=644669437 Richard Wyatt

    Leave it to Fox so-called news to twist a story to their perverse narrative. Keep it classy guys.

  • http://www.facebook.com/michael.sweet.12 Michael Sweet

    Beautiful

  • Southerners = Animals

    You’re on a Gay Rights blog you animal sodomizing, sister raping, bible thumping, right wing inbred GOP chemically imbalanced wife beating piece of subhuman southern illiterate shit. Go away before we resurrect big daddy Sherman and have him finish the job he should have finished in 1864.

  • Southerners = Subhumans

    Exactly. Case in point: when CNN claimed that Romney won the first debate without giving any sort of objective explanation as to why, when he clearly did nothing but mindlessly dictate stuff that he memorized beforehand regardless of whether or not it was related to whatever the moderator asked him to talk about. When the moderator or Obama weakly tried to interject in a civil fashion, he just continued rambling on with his memorized talking points. He got his ass kicked and everyone knows it.

  • Southerners = Subhumans

    Obama = Corporate apologist/compromises with outright fascists like John Boner

  • Southerners = Subhumans

    Both Reagan and Lenin thought the sky was blue. OMG COMMUNISM.

  • Yankee/Fancy Book Lernin

    We’re coming for you Southern pieces of shit and we’re going to hang you from lamp posts. Look at what happened to Yugoslavia to see your future. Clutch your guns and pray, because only God can save you.

  • J.W. Swift

    If this were even CLOSE to being the first time they’ve tried pulling a HUGE lie and called it a “mistake” then I might be on-board with you. Instead, this is yet another example of their tactics, and a rather cringe-worthy one, at that, considering just how BIG of a lie it was. This was all brought up in the blog post itself and the other comments here have referred to even more examples, if one had bothered to actually read what was written, instead of just skimming and only seeing what they wanted to see.

  • http://twitter.com/NicoDetourn Nico

    “That’s when Phelps’ anti-gay animus exploded.”

    Note how ‘animus’ is an anagram for ‘i’m anus’.

    That about sums it up, when it comes to Fred Phelps.

  • MarkInOhio

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!

    “George Soros”! Hello Glenn Beck. What’s next, “57 states”?

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!

    Good God. What a dumb comment.

  • MarkInOhio

    What a dumb remark! MUST you prove the point of the article?

  • MarkInOhio

    Yes, he did. The caption contained a lie, and he called it out. Problem?

  • MarkInOhio

    Can you give us a specific quote or video clip where one of the MSNBC hosts “defends the Westboro goons”?

    Answer: no of course you can’t, because what you wrote is a complete, total lie. Like everything on Fox “News”. You have proven the point of the article, including the part about Fox “News” viewers being DUMB.

  • SkippyFlipjack

    Yes.

  • Butch1

    I’m a veteran so stow that kind of talk around here. I’m also a liberal. Do you have anything more to say?

  • Butch1

    The ACLU has protected those on the right as well. They are non-partisan when it comes to rights. That is something to which you have no understanding as a right-wing conservative, I would imagine.

  • Butch1

    Just go away before you are shown the door.

  • Butch1

    His daughter and other members of the family are lawyers as well and make a living for the family and run the business. They recently won a Supreme Court Law Suit regarding a privacy case about protesting at a funeral I think it was.

  • http://blogvader.tumblr.com/ Blogvader

    If you can’t tell the difference between the paths Strom Thurmond and Robert Byrd took with regards to race relations, you have no place in this discussion.

  • xhawk2

    MSNBC the Obama Channel is propaganda. THey defend the Westboro goons because they protest against our troops.

  • xhawk2

    You Democrats are the Nazis: Anti-Jewish, anti-Christian, pro-abortion, pro-Jihadist, and you hate our troops. MSNBC the Obama Channel is the Nazi network that supports radical Islam and trashes military veterans.

  • xhawk2

    Two words, Democrat: ROBERT BYRD!

  • KC

    So whats new?? Its just another faux news propaganda that they always spew out.

  • UncleBucky

    Yeah, great fertilizer, but still noxious! :D

  • FoxHater

    This looks like an article about a caption on a picture.. what did the Fox News article actually say? There is no mention of the content of the article in this story at all. I don’t disagree that Fox News lies, but this article seems lacking in journalism itself. Did you seriously write a rant about Fox News over a caption under a picture?

  • xhawk2

    The Democratic Party is an anti-Christian group full of hate. They made excuses for Floyd Corkins.

  • xhawk2

    Phelps is a disbarred lawyer. Kind of like Mike Nifong and the lawyers who defended that lying whore Tawana Brawley.

  • xhawk2

    You Democrats are ignorant. You don’t hate druggies because you support rap music. And you also support convicted insider trader George Soros.

  • gamelan9

    Add Mika Brezhinski (sorry about the spelling…it gets worse…), Morning Joe’s co-host, the daughter of Bushie’s national security advisor Dr. Z(…) Brezhinski.

  • Butch1

    Why they say it is because they voted for Obama and are democrats.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1399665362 Bob Jones

    this group of people mostly Phelp’s family are so misinformed about the purpose of the church. God looks down and cries to see the hate filled hearts in Westboro, hate directed at people..people who NEED THE LORD! This group is a good example of a CULT, pretending to be spiritual and of Christ, but in reality they deny God’s Love, God’s Grace and Joy… they never mention Christ and His death on the Cross. Think how many people are lost and without Christ, and more turned away from the Love of God all because this Westboro bunch drive people away from the church. SAD! Even two of the Phelps adult children have defected from the church and family. Lauren has written her book, “Banished” and it comes out in Feb 2013 sometime.

  • http://fighttherightwingnuts.blogspot.com/ mike31c

    Our troops? I served in the US Army. You serving on the lunch line at the salvation army is NOT really serving.

  • http://fighttherightwingnuts.blogspot.com/ mike31c

    And yet another perfect example of a waste of human flesh: xhawk2. Ignorant and does not realize Rush Limpballs is a convicted druggie.

  • silas1898

    Bat crap is the best fertilizer on the planet. California agriculture was founded on bat crap from Carlsbad Caverns.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Joe-Bosse/608235497 Joe Bosse

    He also used that as an example for his children and that’s at the heart of their method, piss people off enough to infringe on your rights and then sue the crap out of them.
    In a rational society these folks would already be as in much trouble as somebody yelling fire in a crowded theater (you know, if there weren’t a fire).
    But we aren’t so lucky, there’s nothing sane about the way our society functions. You’re lucky if you can make it at all unless your parents had money or higher education. There are only so many People who make it because they are awesome.
    sorry I’ve started rambling, I need to stop posting.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Joe-Bosse/608235497 Joe Bosse

    I liked this on purpose, but I’m old enough to remember when that was true. Dad had a bad habit of falling into the language of the times, and when he was alive he was republican, though he’d never relate to today’s band of lunatics.
    One of my clients is an 87 year old retired elementary school teacher who has been a registered republican her whole life (though she assures me she hasn’t actually voted republican since Nixon).
    It’s a mistake to attack labels that may be long term, It’s much more effective to talk to people one one one.

  • xhawk2

    What do you Dumbocrats know about intelligence? You support the Duke lacrosse rape hoax!

  • xhawk2

    You Democrats are the idiots who protest against our troops.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Joe-Bosse/608235497 Joe Bosse

    As often as that may be true (see commentary on the use of Drones) the overall position posed by every network is simply the corporate acceptable bullcrap. Watching everyone argue about liberal and conservative bias in media is about to make me turn green and break stuff.

  • SkippyFlipjack

    You don’t really understand the ACLU, do you?

  • tsuki

    Will never happen. That calls for reading comprehension.

  • UncleBucky

    Let’s not feed this troll. ;O)

  • UncleBucky

    Bats are our friends! They eat more blood-sucking ‘skeeters than we can swat! But bat-crap, that’s still noxious! ;O)

  • ComradeRutherford

    Fox ‘News’ ONLY lies.

  • http://fighttherightwingnuts.blogspot.com/ mike31c

    And this is why intelligent people do NOT watch faux news: Intelligent people can actually see they are not left wing. Of course, we all know the dumb assess that watch faux news are not all that bright and have to be TOLD what to think.

  • Constant Comment

    Also, scandal-plagued Republicans always seemed to be listed as “D” in their chyrons.

  • http://adgitadiaries.com/ karmanot

    Thank you. Very Like

  • Naja pallida

    MSNBC = Obama Apologist Network.

  • MyrddinWilt

    Phelps acted for a number of plaintifs in civil rights cases in the days when very few lawyers in the South would take the cases. But that does not make him a civil rights activist or a supporter. He took those cases because they were all he could get.

    His son recounts how they would play the ‘n-word’ game in which the idea was to say as many words beginning with ‘n’ while their black client was in the room.

    Phelps did run in some Democratic party primaries but has never been selected or elected. It seems that he is following the tactic of ultra-right cult leader LaRouche who also ran as a democrat.

  • http://buddybest.tripod.com/index.html BuddyNovinski

    John, they should look at it this way:
    The Westboro Baptist Church is a cult, which meanst they alone can save mankind. Ironically, it was the same with early Christians who claimed to have the means of salvation, and the pagans did not.
    Cults, by being exclusive, are right-winged because they use differences to excluded themselves from everyone else.
    Therefore, the Westboro Baptist Church is right-winged. They operate our of Topeka KS, which has a zip code of 666, so the devil must make them do it!
    IF they want a left-winged group, I suggest they try the inclusive Unitarians. Unitarians believe in NO doctrines, and that every individual must find his own spiritual path.

  • http://buddybest.tripod.com/index.html BuddyNovinski

    I suggest xhawk2 check out Noam Chomsky and how the corporations spew their propaganda through ALL network television.

  • SaintCynicism

    And that’s why you’re just the idiot Fox’s viewership is looking for.

  • SkippyFlipjack

    Oh here’s the best part — Fox Nation credits Free Republic (link, since Fox doesn’t provide it: http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2970824/posts) and there you find a link to the Cochrane Times article which actually describes Westboro Baptist Church as a “vocal right-wing Christian group”. The freepers naturally took exception to this description, and Fox naturally decided to repeat the Freeper view instead of that of actual journalists. Stellar work, Fox!

  • http://www.rebeccamorn.com/mind BeccaM

    It’s not that Fox News viewers are the most uninformed. Uninformed indicates a mere lack of accurate knowledge — like the morons Jay Leno encountered regularly in his Jaywalking segments. Like when he’d ask them who is the current vice president and they had no clue.

    Fox (or as I like to say “Faux”) News viewers are aggressively misinformed.

    A politician is embroiled in a sex and/or corruption scandal? Well, the chyrons all said he was a Democrat, when in fact he was a Republican. Who championed African American civil rights in the 60s? Your average FN viewer now is likely to say it was the GOP. Did Obama and the Dems steal elections through voter fraud? Again, the FN viewers have been fed a steady diet of propaganda saying it was Acorn (which no longer exists) and the New Black Panthers (which seems to consist of 2-3 guys who stand around looking vaguely menacing in the two photos FN keeps reusing). And of course the big one, where they all think Obama and the Dems are far left wing socialist / Marxist, assertions which make real socialists and Marxists laugh uncontrollably.

  • Stev84

    Phelps was an ambulance chaser who threatened lawsuits. Most didn’t go to trial.

  • http://www.facebook.es/people/Jim-Morrissey/583382528 Jim Morrissey

    You were a republican John? Never would have guessed.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Joe-Bosse/608235497 Joe Bosse

    Here, let me fix that for you:
    CBS = Corporate propaganda
    ABC = Corporate propaganda
    NBC = Corporate propaganda
    CNBC = Corporate propaganda
    MSNBC = liberal leaning Corporate propaganda
    FOX = GOP Corporate propaganda

    You’re welcome.

  • Claude Jacques Bonhomme

    MSNBC is openly pro-democrat (except for its morning anchor Joe Scarborough). CNN has shown itself enhancing support for Romney for the sake of ratings. Others are reasonably balanced, but mostly hyping politics up for business and ratings. Fox is a propaganda wing of the GOP, and the only one blatantly lying all the time.

  • Claude Jacques Bonhomme

    FauxNews, and its sub-site FauxNation, uses the Karl Rove playbook (inspired by Mein Kampf): Tell a lie big enough, often enough, and people will believe it. WBC is as left wing as Rove himself.

  • http://blogvader.tumblr.com/ Blogvader

    Oh, if only. I throw up a little in my mouth when Republicans try to claim they supported civil rights, when they had people like Strom Thurmond joining their party in protest of the Voting Rights Act and other laws.

  • xhawk2

    CBS = Democrat
    ABC = Democrat
    NBC = Democrat
    CNN = DemocratMSNBC = Democrat

  • xhawk2

    The Westboro goons hate our troops, protest against America, burn the American flag, and have the ACLU defending them. Sounds like leftists to me.

  • Cletus

    To be clear, this is FoxNation.com, not FoxNews.com. FoxNation was created specifically to be a place to let the crazy fly.

  • Sally

    What is with the sign “Christians cause fag marriage?” What was that about? It would be great if anyone calling themselves Christian actually WAS, in which case there would be no issue about gay marriage at all, and no wars, but that’s another topic. But Fox is getting mighty desperate, or the IQ of their viewers has dropped even further, if they think this will fly.

  • Max_1

    FOXNews(R)
    … That (R) says it all.

  • http://www.facebook.com/jgnixdorf John Nixdorf

    By that standard, can the Republicans finally stop claiming they were behind the civil rights movement?

  • Naja pallida

    Yeah, and I was a Republican back then as well.

    I was going through some old documents from the early 1990s the other day, and found a certain young Republican legislative assistant listed on the Senatorial delegation for the 32nd meeting of the Canada-United States Interparliamentary Group. ;)

    Fox Noise does this kind of thing all the time. They count on their viewers being too stupid to notice or care, and just going along with it, shaking their fist in outrage at the lefties. They are the living embodiment of why the Fairness Doctrine was not a bad policy.

  • Phil

    Not left wing, not right wing. Bat wings – yes, even though it’s an insult to bats. And I like bats…..

  • nicho

    Just because they coincide on a couple of issues doesn’t make them leftists. After all, the Log Cabin Republicans brought pro-gay marriage suits.

  • nicho

    All of the networks are GOP propaganda channels. Fox is just the worst of them.

  • Guest

    I think you may be giving them too much credit. Wouldn’t surprise me if whoever wrote the caption is so drunk on the kool-aid that, whenever he thinks “wing”, his brain (to the extent he has one, tells him “left”. They’re cranially challenged to say or write “right-wing”.

  • http://blogvader.tumblr.com/ Blogvader

    The Phelps clan has a rather left-wing history. (They actually did quite a bit of good during the Civil Rights era, and have represented women in discrimination cases.) With that said, I don’t see how anyone could logically call them left-wing in a modern sense, not when the Republican Party is basically a Christian hate group.

  • lynchie

    If he is left my ass chews bubble gum

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