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CRESPOGRAM REPORT

MARCH 20, 2014

FRED PHELPS HAS FINALLY DIED

IT’S NOT SUPPOSED TO BE POLITE TO SPEAK ILL OF THE DEAD, BUT OVER THE YEARS AS A PHOTOJOURNALIST I HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO TAKE PHOTOS OF A LOT OF FOLKS WHO FELT THAT THEY HAD SOME SPECIAL CALLING TO SHAPE THE POLITICAL OR CULTURAL LIFE OF OUR COUNTRY.


NONE OF THEM EXHIBITED A MORE EVIL OR HATEFUL MESSAGE THAN FRED PHELPS SR. WHO FOUNDED THE WESTBORO BAPTIST CHURCH IN TOPEKA, KANSAS, AND WHO WITH MEMBERS OF HIS EXTENDED FAMILY, TRAVELED THE COUNTRY TO SPREAD THEIR MESSAGE OF HATE.


I TOOK THIS PHOTO IN COLUMBUS, OHIO IN MAY OF 2000, AS HE AND HIS FAMILY WERE BEGINNING TO GAIN NATIONAL ATTENTION FOR THEIR ANTI-GAY PROTESTS, AND BEFORE HE STARTED PROTESTING THE FUNERALS OF AMERICAN SOLDERS KILLED IN IRAQ AND AFGHANISTAN


AS HATEFUL AS HIS MESSAGE WAS, EVERY TIME HE AND HIS FAMILY SHOWED UP TO PROTEST THEY MADE PEOPLE UNDERSTAND  IN REAL TERMS WHAT THE 1ST AMENDMENT REALLY MEANS. 


THAT IS A VALUABLE LESSON THAT CONSTANTLY NEEDS TO BE REMEMBERED BECAUSE ITS THE FRED PHELPS’ OF THE WORLD WHO REALLY TEACH US THE VALUE AND IMPORTANCE OF FREE SPEECH.  


FRED PHELPS IS DEAD, BUT FREEDOM OF SPEECH LIVES ON!

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