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December 13, 2014 11:08 AM UTC

Westboro Baptist Church to Picket Pueblo Courthouse

  • by: kwtree

(Why don't they just go to hell? – Promoted by Colorado Pols)

SUNDAY POLS UPDATE: Pueblo Chieftain:

The release uses a number of derogatory terms toward the gay community and specifically mentions Pueblo County Clerk and Recorder Gilbert “Bo” Ortiz saying he, “Couldn’t move fast enough to start marrying fags,” and use that as an impetus for their planned protest.

The release also states, “Same-sex marriage dooms nations,” and that Pueblo County “foams at the mouth” to marry gay people, among other things.

The Westboro Baptist Church group routinely travels across the country picketing against gay marriage and other highly contentious things such as military funerals, and are often met with much opposition wherever they go.

Upon hearing the news, citizens of Pueblo mobilized on Facebook and began making plans for a counter-protest for that day.


Westboro Baptist Church, well-known for picketing the funerals of soldiers to protest "gay-friendly" military policies, is now scheduling a picket December 29 at the Pueblo Courthouse to protest the hundreds of gay and lesbian couples married by County Clerk and Recorder Gilbert "Bo" Ortiz.

The founder of WBC , Fred Phelps, passed away last spring , and his family members have been leaving the church.  Nevertheless, there are apparently a core of true believers willing to travel to Pueblo to keep their church's name, and their homophobic cause, in the news. 

The language of this flyer is of someone clearly both fascinated and repelled by gay sex. "Crack in the dyke", "forcing this….sin down the throat", "angel-gagging drivel", etc. 

I predict a hostile reception for WBC, and that the number of counter-protesters at the Pueblo Courthouse will far outnumber the WBC haters. Pueblo, is, by and large, a tolerant, live-and-let-live town, which elected an openly lesbian House Representative, Daneya Esgar,  this year. Colorado legislators passed a bill allowing civil unions in 2013, and it took effect last May. 

Puebloans are also unlikely to allow an organization which pickets the funerals of soldiers to publicize itself in the Home of Heroes.Further, the WBC picket attempt is likely to alienate Republican moderate and independent voters, who have only reluctantly been dragged along on the Pueblo GOP quest to smear Clerk Ortiz, accusing him of voter fraud and discrimination, in actions and lawsuits. The WBC picket will, I predict, be a gigantic, oozing black eye for the Pueblo GOP. 

So y'all come on down to Pueblo for a wintry picnic on the Courthouse Grounds. WBC will provide the fire and brimstone- maybe. 


12 thoughts on “Westboro Baptist Church to Picket Pueblo Courthouse

  1. The WBC picket will, I predict, be a gigantic, oozing black eye for the Pueblo GOP.

    How can you say this with a straight face? To claim any association between the Pueblo GOP and the Phelps clan is slanderous. I call on you to remove this ridiculous allegation immediately.

    1. rememver the New Black Panthers, fucktard. 

      These vile slimes are sired, parented, nurtured and tolerated by your party members.  You can deny it, but maybe you should deal with it if you're not one of the ones willing to live with it. 

      1. That is simply not true. You live in such complete denial:

        The founder of Westboro Baptist Church, Fred Phelps, notorious for leading hateful protests against gay rights, is actually a Democrat with long history of endorsing Democratic candidates.

        On Tuesday, Politico provided some background on Phelps' political history, most of which saw him endorsing Democrat candidates and running for office a number of times as a Democrat. In the 1990's, Phelps ran in three Kansas Democratic primaries for Governor in 1990, 1994, and 1998, receiving only 15% of the vote. He also ran for Senator in 1992, receiving 31% of the vote, and for mayor of Topeka in 1993 and 1997.

        Phelp's endorsed Al Gore for the 1988 Presidential candidacy due to his opposition to a "gay bill of rights" and comments that homosexuality wasn't something "society should affirm." Phelps and his congregation later picketed the 1997 inaugural ceremony after he switched his opinions on gay rights. He also endorsed Bill Clinton in 1992.

        ​I'll accept your apology…

          1. And the GOP was once the party of civil rights, women’s rights and reproductive choice. But that was a long time ago before the parties traded places on such issues.

    2. Nope. Pueblo GOP and the WBC share a common target (Ortiz) and a common rationale (his support for gay marriages.The GOP has been a trifle more moderate in its language, at least publicly, but its minions have made death threats against Ortiz. So they also share hate and intimidation as a tactic. The association is there for anyone with eyes to see it.

      Pueblo GOP, via its designated media mouthpiece, the Pueblo Chieftain, repeatedly attacked Clerk Ortiz about his performing marriages for gay couples after the Federal District Court legalized same. 

      He was accused of "overreach", and of "acting like a monarch" – pretty much the same types of criticisms leveled against Obama, who also acted within his legal authority. 

      Pueblo GOP also has continually accused Clerk Ortiz of voter fraud and electioneering, crimes for anyone, especially heinous for an elected official, with absolutely no evidence of same. 

      The canvass board just met for the third time to certify the elections , and again, there was no evidence of wrongdoing. Purely a political stunt by Marilyn Marks and Becky Mizel. (Chair of Pueblo GOP)

      So the Phelps "church", (I use that term loosely), by carrying on the attacks on Ortiz for his marriages of gay couples, is allying itself with the Pueblo GOP on the target (Ortiz) and at least one rationale (anti gay-marriage). Because Ortiz has also been subjected to death threats and harassment for his courageous stances, the Phelps crowd taints his local GOP critics with their more overt, but not less vile, accusations. Why would the two NOT be conflated? Whether the Pueblo GOP chooses to picket along with the WBC crowd, or to try to cast themselves as the more moderate, reasonable group, in the minds of the average voter, two things will stand out:

      • Both groups hate gay people. (Evidence: WBC flyer, above)
      • Both groups hate Bo Ortiz for allowing gay marriages. And I do mean "hate". Evidence: death threats and ad hominem attacks on Ortiz, mostly via his social media pages.

      Strike one: Ortiz won the Clerk election, 51 to 48%

      Strike two: In spite of ongoing efforts to decertify and delegitimize this election result, it stands.

      Strike three: The legality of gay marriages has been repeatedly confirmed. Bo is on solid legal ground, and always has been.

      Strike four: After the Phelps crowd is shown for the hate and fear-filled bullies that they are, it will be very difficult for the Pueblo GOP to say anything at all about Ortiz and gay marriage without conflating themselves with the WBC crowd.

      So the association is there. You might not like it, but it is there, and I'm not the only one who will make it. I don't really have time on my lunch break to go back and hook up links for you, but you probably don't read them anyway. 

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