Should Fred Phelps’ funeral be a protest site?
Insta-pundits have debated the issue. With the anti-homosexual founder of the Westboro Baptist Church possibly on death’s door, would it be proper for gay-rights activists to protest at Phelps’ funeral?
Phelps attracted the most attention, after all, for his policy of hateful protests at the funerals of US servicemen and –women. His “God Hates Fags” signs became a byword for extremist fundamentalism.
Should those opposed to Phelps’ awful tactics engage in those tactics? We think not.
While it might be satisfying to stand with “God Hates Haters” signs, it would only exacerbate the culture of hate.