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  1. I assume that you’ve had the experience of someone saying “the media won’t cover this” and then linking to a story from a news network. Or then talking about something you just heard on NPR.

    Blathering about how no one is saying stuff is just part of the right-wing narrative at this point. It has nothing to do with reality.

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  2. Know More Than I Should

    Although I have never visited Westboro Baptist Church, I did have a brief interaction with one of its insiders a few years ago. Based on that encounter, as well as having a familiarity with the primitive and Calvinist ideology, I suspect that Westboro’s core belief system fits into the Second Generation Calvinist rubric. Consequently, not only do they think that they are going to heaven, they are firmly convinced anyone inclined to disagree with them are going to hell. Given the Westboro’s decidedly miniscule and inbred membership, it is a perfect recipe for self-righteous paranoia.
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    While admittedly a biased perception, I further suspect that Fred Phelps’ disparaging remarks regarding military service is rooted in his failure to serve in uniform. In this regard, he may not be all that different from liberal draft-dodgers in his need to project an image of superiority to cover his youthful cowardliness. The alternative, of course, would be to become a John Wayne-like super patriot. In any case, once the tyrannical and most probably unhinged patriarch passes feet first and room temperature cold through a mortuary, the church he founded will split as if stuck by a heavenly meat clever.
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    Furthermore, it is quite likely Republican muckety-mucks view the minions of Westboro as useful idiots in their war on anything left of neonazism. As a result, while they will encourage the church’s outrageous antics, the self-serving right-wing schemers will quickly distance themselves from the cult the moment the church crazies prove to be a political liability.

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