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reply to post by Bassago
We should all chip in and wave them goodbye.
Where can we donate plane fare $, to send them on their way?edit on 7-12-2013 by windword because: (no reason given)
Fred Phelps was a civil rights lawyer so he's not a racist (a bigot--absolutely) nor is he stupid--that's the problem with the WBC.
Much is made of the fact that my father was a civil rights attorney in the late 60's and 70's. Surely someone who worked for the equality of blacks can't be so bad. Again, from an insiders point of view, this argument doesn't wash. While my father did a tremendous amount of good in defense of equality for blacks, this was not evidence of his real attitude toward them. In addition to his Bible based prejudice, he made no bones about how he really felt toward them when he was around his family. It was not uncommon at all for my father, as well as his children, to refer to black clients in his office as "DN"s (dumb #), even in their presences. His southern upbringing surely informed his practiced disdain for the black race, but no doubt it was bolstered and entrenched by his interpretation of the bible as well.
reply to post by wildtimes
As weird as it sounds, it's hard to say. My dad actually was sued for workplace discrimination for using questionable language and telling dumb jokes by an African-American employee. The irony was that my dad thought the guy knew he was joking and he was paying the guy a full dollar more than all the other employees based on the guy's merits (work ethic, intelligence and efficiency). I can't remember the outcome of the suit, but I'm pretty sure my dad lost. He felt pretty terrible about it afterwards, too, because he learned how it made his employee feel and doesn't make those kind of dumb jokes anymore.
Always a chance that the same could be said of Phelps. Phelps is an old man and at one time, that kind of language was pretty much acceptable by the majority.