Cerebral Knievel: What's stopping the Phelps klan from forming one, then issuing fines against the garishly decorated house bringing down property values?
WhoGAS: Disappointing but I guess for those who live in only this time period, it's a happy thing for now.
FloydA: brap: They messed up the stripes, if you're going to gay things up a bit how in the bloody yell can you forget VIOLET!ROY-G-BIV DAMMIT!Feels very strongly about my mnemonic devices, I hope some day society allows me to marry my dear friend Every Good Boy Deserves Fudge without judgement.Kids, please come out for goodness' sake! Mother very easily made a jelly sandwich using no peanuts.
d3: Anyone who doesn't think God has a sense of humor doesn't pay enough attention to the numbers of staunch conservatives who have gay offspring.
Skraeling: with homes topping out at a whopping roughly 100k, I dont think you would notice them declining anyway.
BojanglesPaladin: WhoGAS: Disappointing but I guess for those who live in only this time period, it's a happy thing for now.Don't we ALL live only in THIS time period? Are you a Galefreyan or something?
freeforever: ZeroPly: So to summarize, you've got an organization that is conducting a textbook example of free speech - peaceful expression of an unpopular viewpoint on public property. Because their viewpoint is unpopular, our legislative and executive branch have tripped over each other to stop that speech. And because the organization goes to court to try to preserve their free speech rights, they "enjoy" litigation?This. And as bad as their "hate speech" is I'm always more disturbed by the militant pro-gay/ farkH8 side that demands adherence to their views and would gladly overlook the First and Eight Amendments if it meant achieving "equality" in the end.[2.bp.blogspot.com image 400x257]
HallsOfMandos: FloydA: brap: They messed up the stripes, if you're going to gay things up a bit how in the bloody yell can you forget VIOLET!ROY-G-BIV DAMMIT!Feels very strongly about my mnemonic devices, I hope some day society allows me to marry my dear friend Every Good Boy Deserves Fudge without judgement.Kids, please come out for goodness' sake! Mother very easily made a jelly sandwich using no peanuts.But Pluto isn't a planet.
TheGreatGazoo: Those kids from Guatemala really need to lay down the really old egg salad sandwiches from truck stop vending machines.
Dear Jerk: I'm changing my mind on Phelps. He doesn't preach violence. He doesn't press for laws against gays. He's just pushing his version of the Bible. Is he a mean, bitter jerk? Yes. Has any single person done more do advance the acceptance of gays? I can't think of one.I don't think his animosity is grounded in gays, anyway. He hates the average American. He's trolling us on the First Amendment and Christianity, forcing us to take a side on an issue (homosexuality) the majority of us would prefer to ignore, and exploiting some of our hypocrisy toward free speech and the Bible.He's fascinating and relevant - something most performance artists aren't.
HallsOfMandos: But Pluto isn't a planet.
phunkey_monkey: Bigots protesting bigots.
Ed Grubermann: phunkey_monkey: Bigots protesting bigots.Troll or idiot?
COMALite J: I can't believe I never considered the possibility until now, but what if Fred Phelps and his WBC have been trolling us all this time?Fred is a Democrat and was a Civil Rights activist. What if he's really as liberal as his past would imply, and he cooked up this scheme to discredit anti-homosexual movements and accelerate society's acceptance of homosexuality, and also to discredit conservative extremism in general? What if it's all performance art on a massive scale?It fits. It would explain why, after picketing funerals of people like Matthew Shepard who were homosexual and killed for that reason, they also went after the funerals of soldiers, carried posters saying "God Bless IEDs" and such, and basically making themselves hated for reasons that go far beyond mere opposition to homosexuality, lowering the bar each time (even threatening to protest at the funeral of the Sandy Hook child victims ― would someone who professes to believe as they do really do such a thing to kids, most of whom wouldn't even have been gay? Remember, Jesus said that anyone who offends a child would be better off being drowned to death!) thus tarring that with the same brush in the minds of the populace.
dv-ous: Devolving_Spud: Nice! Maybe the idea will spread throughout the neighborhood.That would drive up property values, allowing the WBC to sell for a huge tax free windfall and relocate somewhere else.[cdn.dashburst.com image 365x277]
pisceandreamer: Love it, but I have no doubts that the WBC will sue him into oblivion. :(
JohnBigBootay: pisceandreamer: Love it, but I have no doubts that the WBC will sue him into oblivion. :(On what grounds would they sue him? His choice of paint colors?
Skraeling: for your zillow comedy hour check out the property values by the church.http://www.zillow.com/homes/for_sale/Topeka-KS-66604/87235_rid/price a_ sort/39.047696,-95.718606,39.044696,-95.722442_rect/17_zm/1_fr/
WTF Indeed: what_now: how will this effect them? The only good this did was let that poor dude sell his house."We'll show them! We'll buy the house across the street from the WBC and paint a rainbow on the house! That'll really stick in their craw!"
ProfessorOhki: Good thing there's no HOA; they'd probably side with Phelps.
Electromax: Well I for one approve of this. Don't listen to all the Farkers crying "why bother" dude, it's easy to sit around and do nothing. That's done so well to stifle the WBC thus far, with every media outlet still publishing every protest they give.Good on ya for the positive works described elsewhere in TFA too, sounds like he's doing good things around the world. No wonder Fark piles on the guy, he's just a dumb tryhard loser who isn't cynical enough to get on Fark and post about why things other people do are a waste of time.Hope he hosts lots of pride events at the house too, just to make the neighborhood uncomfortable.
Sudlow: If the street is zoned for residential use, the church can probably seek some sort of redress for a zoning violating in having a social services agency in the house and that the paint on the house reduces the value of their property. One things the Phelps family enjoys is litigation. This is just handing them a huge opportunity to get more attention.
PsiChick: The problem with the WBC, and almost every anti-gay group out there, is that this isn't a concrete problem--this is a problem of society. There are a lot of people who just hate gays, women, and anyone who isn't a white rich male.
GAT_00: This will work right up until the place gets firebombed.
ProfessorOhki: PsiChick: The problem with the WBC, and almost every anti-gay group out there, is that this isn't a concrete problem--this is a problem of society. There are a lot of people who just hate gays, women, and anyone who isn't a white rich male.Rich white males can be gay. It has been known to happen.
Texas Gabe: FTA: Turns out there are two bedrooms, one bathroom, a carpeting dining area, two garages (the house sits at a corner), a fireplace, hardwood floors, a small porch, and a decent-sized yard that overlooks the headquarters of an active hate group.Seems appropriate
WhoGAS: All WBC will do is get someone to add a zoning law detailing acceptable colors or tones in the homes in that area.
chopit: Ohlookabutterfly: chopit: Ohlookabutterfly: Two foaming at the mouth hate groupsI only see one hate group. Oh, and a moron. If you aren't going to put any effort into your insults don't even bother, you lazy c#nt.The prosecution rests.
mylonitic: TheGreatGazoo: Those kids from Guatemala really need to lay down the really old egg salad sandwiches from truck stop vending machines.What's that black cracker?
JK47: WhoGAS: All WBC will do is get someone to add a zoning law detailing acceptable colors or tones in the homes in that area.Zoning laws aren't retroactive. Absent destroying the bulk of the building changes to the zoning ordnance would not be effective. Not to mention that color or tone wouldn't fall under the normal construction, usage, bulk, or height aspects of the zoning ordnance. Appearance regulations are something you'd find more often in a special district (historical, commercial, etc).
Stone Meadow: Ed Grubermann: phunkey_monkey: Bigots protesting bigots.Troll or idiot?Yes.
Ohlookabutterfly: Awesome. Two foaming at the mouth hate groups square off across a suburban street. I can't help but picture two groups of kids in snow forts winging snows balls at each other except they would use the old testament and tasteful decorating magazines for ammunition.
Ohlookabutterfly: Stone Meadow: Ed Grubermann: phunkey_monkey: Bigots protesting bigots.Troll or idiot?Yes. or "that guy doesn't believe what I believe! He has an unpopular opinion and dares stand behind it! Lets mock him and call him names like a child would so nobody does it to us!"
Bit'O'Gristle: Actually, they dont hate anyone. They are just fishing for lawsuits and attention.
one of Ripley's Bad Guys: too bad we couldn't "Waco" them...[i854.photobucket.com image 500x326]
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