Phelps clan run out of Moore, Oklahoma for saying God intentionally sent tornado that killed 9 kids

The Fred Phelps “God Hates F*gs” clan got literally run out of Moore, Oklahoma yesterday for protesting outside a junior high school where victims of last year’s horrifically-deadly tornado are going to school, as their school, Plaza Towers Elementary, was destroyed.

The clan, members of the Westboro Baptist Church, were protesting the school because they say that God sent the killer F5 tornado to Moore on purpose, with the express intent of killing the town’s children.

Why?  Because America is too pro-gay.

The tornado killed 24 people, destroyed over 1,100 homes, and caused an estimated $2 billion in property damage.  Seven children from Plaza Towers Elementary died in the tornado.

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Here is the announcement of the protest from the Phelps’ Web site, housed at


Fred Phelps, the patriarch of the clan, died a few weeks ago.  Clearly, little has changed.

The video of the Phelps’ protest, and the counter protest, below is short and sweet.  The townspeople literally ran the Phelps’ out of town.  And you have to get a load of the people who ran them out.

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again – the Phelps’ are the best pro-gay publicity ever.

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30 Responses to “Phelps clan run out of Moore, Oklahoma for saying God intentionally sent tornado that killed 9 kids”

  1. Andy Castor says:

    It’s a management issue, Merkans. You need to get some of your shoot up the school/mall/cinema loonies in the same place as these vile excuses for humans.

  2. Ninong says:

    The Westboro Baptist loonies are stealing from Pat Robertson when they claim that a weather event is divine judgment on a community. Following Hurricane Katrina, senile crackpot Pat Robertson told virulently homophobic jackass Jerry Falwell on TV that Katrina was God’s punishment of New Orleans for being too pro-gay.


    “In a civilized society people recognize the humanity of their adversaries”
    What are you talking about ?
    The Religious Right ever acted civilized towards gay people, even today they don’t and they most certainly do not recognized their humanity.
    They have denigrated and maligned gay people and called them pedophiles among other horrible unjust things.
    This is an absurd position.
    Given the behavior of the Religious Right towards gay people it’s rather rich to start playing the victim now, don’t you think ?


    What do you meant “radical gay community” ?
    The gay community has been bullied and maligned by the Religious Right for DECADES and with ANY means possible to deny them their Constitutional rights. Absolutely NOTHING was off limits to them.
    Now someone is calling foul and calling the gay community radical ? That’s RICH !!
    No big deal. Actually this is a minor insult. They have been called much much worse for decades.and who cares,,,,, they are winning the battle

  5. 4th Turning says:

    Agree. And to think Buddha achieved enlightenment some 500 yrs. before
    Jesus appeared on the scene… Seems like we ought to be farther along
    in our spiritual evolution.

  6. vickif says:

    That is so beautiful. Too bad not enough people these days act like Buddha did.

  7. Obamatronzombie says:

    Westboro Baptist is the worst of the worst. They seek to totally destroy anyone with whom they disagrees. It is clear that the radical gay community has learned a great deal from the Westboro group.

  8. mike31c says:

    Not the first time these bigots got chased out from one of their own “protests”…

  9. 4th Turning says:

    Only between two-well, you know….

  10. JulieDManzi says:

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  11. LanceThruster says:

    God is like the Lampoon cover with “Buy this issue or we’ll shoot this dog.”

  12. annatopia says:

    counter-protesting the phelps clan was one of the most fun experiences of the last few years. they had their usual 10-15 people and we had almost 200. priceless.

  13. Houndentenor says:

    I would just suggest that anyone wishing to take on the WBC consult with a lawyer familiar with the case law around their protesting. My concern is that some decent people who are justifiably angry will lose everything they have in the process. That is not a risk most people can afford to take. Yes, confront them, but do so within the boundaries of the law or the case-law.

  14. Monophylos Fortikos says:

    This. I really wish people would realize that Westboro Baptist is a professional trolling organization, and treating them as though they have a serious opinion about anything is just playing right into their game.

  15. silas1898 says:

    Like when some church gets flattened, they praise God that more people weren’t killed. It’s crazy.

  16. jomicur says:

    The thing is, the Westboro loonies are far from the only Christians who blame everything bad that happens on gay people. It’s as sure as sunrise: Every time there’s a hurricane, earthquake, tsunami, tornado outbreak, major fire, missing airliner, or what have you, some televangelist, teabagger or other right-wing leader will shriek that it’s God’s punishment for acceptance of gay equality. It never, ever fails. You’d think that sooner or later the Christers would figure out that a God who would kill straight people, including children, to show his disapproval of gay people is a pretty damn screwy God. But as you say, they don’t even think that far until they themselves are the objects of the hate.

  17. lynchie says:

    I thought it was smooching.

  18. 4th Turning says:

    Okay to caboose onto your timely pause for much needed reflection?

    Thousands of candles can be lighted from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared.

    Holding on to anger is like grasping a hot coal with the intent of throwing it at someone else; you are the one who gets burned.

  19. Silver_Witch says:

    The one thing that has changed America more than any thing either the Republicans or Democrats have done is litigation, or the fear of litigation. Hopefully someday we will get over that craziness. I once went to a beautiful place outside the US for vacation, fell, severely hurt myself and 220 stitches later (and some great pain meds) finished out my vacation at the resort. All the while I am sure they were worried about me suing them – and finally on our last day the manager asked me if I was going to. I just said, for “my own feet tripping me up….No. The stay was wonderful!”

    People sue if their children fall off the monkey bars at a playground, so now we have rubber mats or 3 feet of shredded tires underneath (which is a good thing and I wonder why we never thought of that)….however, children do get hurt playing – are we going to wrap them in bubble wrap?

    Life is dangerous and full of adventure – we can either live it or be in fear. How does this relate to the Phelps – well we can either stand up to hatred and ugliness, with a threat of litigation hanging over our heads or we can stand silently and just “take it”.

  20. PeteWa says:

    all the Phelps have ever done is bring the Limbaugh business model to the street level.

  21. Badgerite says:


  22. Silver_Witch says:

    Proof abundant in his holy book that hatred is all their god knows, well that and smiting…he really likes smiting.

  23. Houndentenor says:

    As much as I want to applaud this town, I hope they didn’t do anything that provides an opening for the Phelpses to sue them. That’s how they make all their money.

  24. goulo says:

    It’s hard to decide which is more impressive about the Phelps clan: their extreme hatred, or their extreme insanity.

  25. Indigo says:

    What a strange crowd that crowd is. On a happier note, today is Hana-Matsuri, the Flower Festival and commemoration on the Gregorian calendar of the Buddha’s birth. May all be well!

  26. silas1898 says:

    Yep. If there is a hell; he’s just settling in.

  27. cole3244 says:

    as long as the religious bigots limited their hate to those outside the mainstream the people in moore okla and other christian areas were fine with them.

    but now when the hate is directed at them they are outraged, too little too late imo.

  28. silas1898 says:

    I saw two New York Yankees hats in that scruffy crowd. Way cool!
    WBC. A gift to the reality-based community.

  29. heimaey says:

    Isn’t he dead?

  30. fs2013 says:

    “God hates more, OK?” Okay, got it.

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