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Fred Phelps Gay? Former Westboro Baptist Church Member Says Maybe

Could the reason for Westboro Baptist Church founder Fred Phelps' hyperbolic hatred of homosexuals be the result of an ongoing battle with his own repressed homosexuality?
One former member says perhaps.
Speaking with the Advocate following the release of her book about leaving the WBC, 27-year-old Lauren Drain, daughter of WBC spokesman Steve Drain, suggested the bigoted cult leader likely formed his anti-gay worldview in the aftermath of a gay experience during his teen years.
In the interview, Drain, author of Banished: Surviving My Years in the Westboro Baptist Church, discusses Phelps youth in the Boy Scouts and his preparations to join the military, which ended abruptly due to an transformative "event."
At 17, Phelps suddenly dropped out of West Point and decided to become a preacher, Drain said, "and now he had this whole crusade against sexual immorality. … And it was after this event."
Drain admits she never discussed the life-altering incident with Phelps one-on-one, but says she has speculated quite a bit about it, and believes it might have had something to do with a gay experience. (For the record, Phelps himself attributes his about-face to a revival meeting at a a Methodist church in Meridian.)
Drain elaborated:
I never understood why, when [the media asked him], "Why are you so against the homosexuals? Did you have a homosexual experience? Do you have homosexual tendencies?" And he would get so mad, he would shut down. And he'd be like, "I can't talk to this person anymore, they're stupid." His reaction to that was stronger than any other question you can ask him. So I always wondered that - why does he get so mad? If I'm not gay, I'll just say I'm not gay. And I'm not going to freak out, like, "Why are you calling me gay?" I always thought that was super strange. … I don't know what happened there, so [speculation] is all that I can leave it at. But something happened, and something made him change his mind about the military, and in turn have kind of a crusade against sexual immorality and homosexuals.
With more and more high-profile members of the WBC jumping ship in recent months, we may not need to subsist on speculation alone for long.
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Sep 10 13 6:03 PM

I've always liked Vince Gill.
http://www.mercurynews.com/rss/ci_24060498?source=rss

Vince Gill confronts Westboro Baptist Church

By Tony Hicks
Contra Costa Times

Posted:   09/10/2013 10:41:31 AM PDT | Updated:   about 7 hours ago


Vince Gill confronted members of the Westboro Baptist Church on Sunday outside a concert venue in Kansas City.
I hope he wore his hat. They hate hats ... well, and pretty much everything else too.
According to the Tennessean newspaper, church members were picketing outside the Kauffman Center's Muriel Kauffman Theatre. They were reportedly there because Gill got divorced from Sweethearts of the Rodeo singer Janis Oliver before marrying singer Amy Grant ... in 2000.
They must be running out of things to complain about.
According to website WENN, a 55-second video shows part of the confrontation, during which Gill responds to a question from a church member by saying, "I came out to see what


Country star Vince Gill playing at the Shorline Amphitheatre in 1997. (Aric Crabb/Staff)

hatred really looked like in the face."One of the protesters apparently accused Gil of adultery, to which he angrily responded, "You (expletive) are lucky that you don't have a sign that says something about my wife."
If they care that much about adultery, shouldn't they be picketing in Washington D.C.?
Gill then told a Bible-citing protester that Jesus Christ "said a lot of stuff about forgiveness, about grace. You guys don't have any of that." After being told by another Westboro member "I don't care what you think" Gill shot back, "You don't? Then why are you out here?"
That's a good point -- some of those country singers are pretty quick.
The church is known for protesting against abortion and gay rights at controversial settings, including military funerals. Which, as you can imagine, doesn't go over very well with some folks.

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Sep 10 13 10:17 PM

^^ GO VINCE!!


Those people make me sick how they claim to be Christian. They're the least Christian people around. They're evil.

I really can't believe they've resorted to following Vince Gill around to scold him for getting divorced and marrying Amy Grant 13 freaking years ago.

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Sep 29 13 9:24 PM

The controversial Westboro Baptist Church picked the wrong guy to fight with when it threatened to picket Blake Shelton‘s  October 3 concert in Kansas City.
The Westboro folks started the war by proclaiming that Shelton’s divorce from Kaynette Williams and subsequent marriage to Miranda Lambert make him “a vulgar adulterer” — and follow this — this is why some states have legalized same sex marriage.
The Voice coach had a rather succinct reply:
“Hey WBC.. I’ve got one more sin for ya… B**w me.”
He then added, “This isn’t about God. It’s about me using this opportunity to make y’all look like the absolute complete dipshits you are.”
Lambert then chimed in, taking the high road in defending her husband.
“It’s such a shame when people use God as an excuse to get publicity. And they couldn’t be farther from God,” she tweeted .
Shelton now joins a long list of celebs, including Taylor Swift , who have been attacked by Westboro Baptist Church.
What do you think about WBC’s planned protest against Shelton?  Tell us in comments.

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