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Plattsburgh For Peace Message
Plattsburgh For Peace Message

Phelps Family Protest Sparks Tolerance, Dialogue In Plattsburgh

Locals in Plattsburgh have been bracing for months for the visit of Fred Phelps, a radical anti-gay activist from Topeka, Kansas. Phelps and his small group of followers targeted Plattsburgh churches over the weekend because the city's mayor, Dan Stewart, is openly gay. The Phelps family pickets regularly at the funerals of AIDs victims and - more recently - at the funerals of soldiers killed in Iraq and Afghanistan. But the visit to Plattsburgh appears to have backfired for Phelps, sparking an enormous display of support for diversity and tolerance. As Brian Mann reports, local activist groups and churches hope their response will be used as a model in other communities.  Go to full article
Fred Phelps (Source:  WBC)
Fred Phelps (Source: WBC)

Radical Anti-Gay Group Targets Plattsburgh Mayor and Local Churches

A radical anti-gay group from Kansas plans to picket churches in Plattsburgh this weekend. The Reverend Fred Phelps and his Westboro Baptist Church have targeted Plattsburgh because the city's popular Republican Mayor, Dan Stewart, is an openly gay man. Stewart will host the Mayor's Cup celebration this 4th of July weekend. Phelps is an extremely controversial figure. His organization has begun picketing the funerals of soldiers who die in Iraq. A press release issued by his church says, "Thank God for improvised explosive devices killing Americans in strange lands." According to Phelps, the bloodshed in Iraq and Afghanistan are God's retribution for America's tolerance of gays. Brian Mann will be covering the story this weekend. He spoke with Martha Foley.  Go to full article

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