The Westboro Baptist Church has become infamous for their bigotry and visible “God Hates F*gs” signs, protests, and hate speech. The hate group was founded by homophobe Fred Phelps, who tried to pass down his hateful views to his thirteen children. Well, at least one child – Nathan Phelps – had the common sense to reject the family’s horrific values and became an advocate for gay rights after leaving his dad’s church in 1980.
Following the U.S. Supreme Court’s Friday announcement that it had legalized gay marriage across America, Nathan went on Facebook to take a hilarious jab at his own homophobic family. Making a complete mockery of all the anti-gay protests and efforts his family had been involved in for decades, Nathan congratulated them for pushing “decent people away from hatred and into the arms of justice and equality.”
Nathan’s followers agreed, commenting on the post with admissions that “The Phelps family has done more to advance LGBT rights than any other family in the US.” Funny how bigotry works. Nick Duffy of Pink News also acknowledged the hate group in an article about the unsung heroes of the widespread acceptance of gay marriage. Including the unlikely Westboro Baptist Church amongst gay rights supporters like Joe Biden and Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Duffy wrote about the oppressive organization:
“It’s important to recognize the impact that their message has had, severely undermining the efforts of opponents of LGBT rights to be seen as anything other than hateful bigots. By spreading a literal message of hatred, they allowed the debate to entirely become love versus hate – a rhetoric that could really only ends one way.
So let’s raise a glass to Shirley, Fred and the gang: they’ve done more to help equality than they ever intended.”
Many have also been wondering just how those bigoted Westboro Baptist Church members are taking the news about nationwide marriage equality:
While the Westboro Baptist Church has been uncharacteristically quiet, Nathan has continued to speak out for gay rights, even writing an article for the Huffington Post that stated, “There are no legitimate negative consequences to providing marriage equality to the LGBTQ community. Unless you consider that we will at some point have to confront our conscience for this historical injustice.”
Featured image courtesy of Randall Reynolds Twitter (screenshot).