In Memoriam: Fred Phelps

For many years, the most-read post on Inkstain was this, from April 23, 2005:

When Fred Phelps’ motley entourage came to Albuquerque, Nora and her friends made wings – big-ass wings.

The Phelpsites set up on one corner at the entrance to the University of New Mexico, and the counter-protesters set up on the other. And out of that crowd of counter-protesters emerged three angels, with these really big-ass wings.

big-ass wings

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  1. Some years ago, Westboro Baptist Church came to Boston to protest a funeral for a soldier. The Boston Police Department bagpipers were ready for them.

    “On the corner of a narrow street lined with Colonial-era buildings, the Kansas contingent tried shouting its anti-homosexual message at mourners who overflowed from the church. But every time demonstrators spoke out, the 14-man Boston Police Department bagpipe band broke into thunderous sound.

    “I thought that was cool,” said Day Newburg, 34, who stood outside the church with her husband, mother-in-law and 2-year-old daughter. “Those bagpipers drowned them right out.””

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