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Nate Phelps to Speak at Military's Atheist Festival - Son of Infamous “Thank God For Dead Soldiers” Preacher To Speak on Fort Bragg - Comments

aroundtown's Avatar Comment 1 by aroundtown

Good to know he escaped the clutches of this family, good for him. A day without religion is a day of possible discovery without limits.

Mon, 19 Mar 2012 21:57:20 UTC | #928754

Metamag's Avatar Comment 2 by Metamag

You can just hear the "liberal" jesus-cultists saying: 'oh poor Nate, no wonder he became an atheist after such over the top extremism, if he only knew the true faith!'

Mon, 19 Mar 2012 22:15:59 UTC | #928756

Steven Mading's Avatar Comment 3 by Steven Mading

Comment 2 by Metamag :

You can just hear the "liberal" jesus-cultists saying: 'oh poor Nate, no wonder he became an atheist after such over the top extremism, if he only knew the true faith!'

Yes. That will be their exact response, and they will utterly ignore the fact that Nate didn't just jump right to atheism, that he DID in fact try first to join more mainstream milder churches before deciding they didn't make sense either and so he become an atheist. He did try the route of "maybe my family had it wrong and there is some sort of better 'real' Christianity out there" first. They will ignore this utterly and say he became an atheist only because he never saw the "true" Christianity.

Tue, 20 Mar 2012 06:04:08 UTC | #928831

njwong's Avatar Comment 4 by njwong

I agree with Justin's decision not to invite Fred Phelps and his family. Their presence will simply be a thorn in the flesh, and detract the focus of the celebration of reason and rationality, and of atheists in the military. Besides, I am sure Fred Phelps and family will find some way to picket the event. Like moths to a flame, they simply will not be able to help themselves from doing so.

Tue, 20 Mar 2012 06:47:55 UTC | #928843

TrickyDicky's Avatar Comment 5 by TrickyDicky

Couldn't a small area be set aside at Fort Bragg for the Phelps family to hold a protest.

Maybe half way down the firing range.

Tue, 20 Mar 2012 06:57:36 UTC | #928848

Flapjack's Avatar Comment 6 by Flapjack

These days I'm inclined to think of Fred Phelps and WBC as litigious internet trolls. They go out phishing for reactions then sue whoever they can trip up using their inside knowledge of the first amendment.

Perhaps "hating fags" used to be their primary driving force but when you look at the range of people they deliberately troll to the left and right of the political spectrum from "God hates Fags" to "God hates America" to "God hates dead soldiers" to "God hates the Pope", even down to petty stuff like trolling celebrities, it soon becomes clear that the overarching link (apart from projecting their pet hates onto a hypothetical god) is that they're pressing someone's hotbuttons in the hope that when their intended target retaliates there's a claim for violation of freedom of speech/ expression. What other reason could there be for trolling someone's funeral?

Either that or they sue the local authorities for not providing adequate protection. And with 13 lawyers in their clan who know the first amendment like the back of their hands that's money in the bank. This link seems to be borne out by their behaviour http://kanewj.com/wbc/

Tue, 20 Mar 2012 11:36:34 UTC | #928909

Flapjack's Avatar Comment 7 by Flapjack

Sorry, here's that link again

Tue, 20 Mar 2012 11:42:58 UTC | #928913

Anonymous's Avatar Comment 8 by Anonymous

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Wed, 21 Mar 2012 03:01:58 UTC | #929175

xmaseveeve's Avatar Comment 9 by xmaseveeve

Comment 5, Tricky Dicky,

Ha ha, very witty joke. Thank you for the laugh.

Comment 8, smitemeifudare,

Again, thank you for the joke.

Mrs. Phelps should be very proud of her wonderful, literate, articulate, brave son. Any mother would be. What does she say to 'God' about him, I wonder?

Did anyone see the film the other night, starring William Hurt as a pastor who terrorised his family? It was the incredibly bleak, and also boring story of a megalomaniac, egotistical child and wife abuser. By the end of the film, we see that he thinks he is become 'God'. I wouldn't watch it again. It just popped into my mind, there.

I hope the soldiers of all or no beliefs (atheist friendly) have a wonderful day.

Wed, 21 Mar 2012 03:44:27 UTC | #929187

GamerFromJumpZ's Avatar Comment 10 by GamerFromJumpZ

You can hear the heartache in Nate Phelps' voice when he speaks. Both being separated from family and watching them continue their vile antics across the country must be incredibly painful.

Mon, 26 Mar 2012 17:49:43 UTC | #930587