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  •  Phelps was excommunicated from the WBC... (7+ / 0-)

    I'd like to think it's because he at last revealed to them the long con:  That these cartoonish displays of hatred were all a ruse to unite all of God's children in support of their gay brothers and sisters.

    (Sadly, having read the memoir of one of sons who escaped the clan, I know this isn't the case.)

    ------RM

    •  I've been saying this for days (5+ / 0-)

      That maybe he recanted or repented or told them they'd been pwned, and they excommunicated him, isolating him from anyone he could tell the truth to.

      I've been getting shit all day for it, being told I'm too naive or hopeful or looking for the Hollywood ending. I just prefer to believe that in all of us is the chance to be redeemed, and to realize the error of our ways.

      I'm not a theist so I don't believe in a hereafter, but I do believe we can change our ways here on earth.

      "But hate wears you down, and does not hurt your enemy. It is like taking poison and wishing your enemy would die." - - Cherokee saying

      by brillig on Thu Mar 20, 2014 at 01:55:54 PM PDT

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      •  It could almost remind you (0+ / 0-)

        of Darth Vader's conversion back to good at the climactic point of "Return of the Jedi" - by breaking the Emperor's hold on Luke and destroying him, thus saving his son, and as he's dying and is at last freed from his helmet, says to Luke:  "You were right about me.  Tell your sister..."  (All through the movie, Luke works to convince his father that there is, in fact, good in him, which Darth denies throughout - until the end.)

        Maybe that's exactly what happened, and his children who have stayed indoctrinated (e.g. Shirley Phelps-Roper) were so disgusted by what they saw as the old man weakening that they gave him the bum's rush.  Either way, the end result is the same.

    •  Nah, biggest gay bashers in history ... (0+ / 0-)

      were closet gays who hadn't "come out" to themselves yet.

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