Thursday, April 15, 2010

The Grayness Of Life

This is the title of a talk and it makes it sound like its about dull stuff - but the grayness refers to the fact that things in life are not black and white. That life has lots of gray moments. The remarkable thing about this talk is that it is by Nate Phelps - a son of the so-called preacher Fred Phelps and his God Hates Fags churchy thing. What becomes apparent from the talk is that Fred Phelps is not a man of god. Far from it. He's a coward. A bully. A bigot and an all round mega-prick. He sent his kids out to sell sweets so he does not have to work. Uses religion as a control for his abused family. Beats the wife and kids in the most horrific way. This is a shocking story - but it is also a story of survival.

Good on you Nate, my secular blessings go with you for sticking it to the man.

(It's in 6 parts...I recommend all.)

Parts 2,3,4,5 & 6.

Phelps takes religion to the typical cult place; I am right 'cos god says so. But unlike other cult leaders such as Koresh or Hubbard he does not have the charisma to gather more than a smattering of vulnerable followers - so uses his family as the congregation to his wired nationalism-voodoo cult.

What a massive, massive prick.

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