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Monday, June 12, 2006
WND In Bed With Fred Phelps?
Topic: WorldNetDaily
Is WorldNetDaily willing to overlook the odious protests of U.S. soldiers' funerals by Fred Phelps and his brood from the Westboro Baptist Church in order to embrace his extremist anti-gay agenda?

WND appeared to run to their defense in a June 11 article about an on-air altercation between Fox News host Julie Banderas and the WBC's Shirley Phelps-Roper. The article describes her as someone "who believes America's sinful behavior has resulted in God's cursings rather than blessings" and her church as an "anti-homosexual church" before it gets around to noting the church's funeral protests. (Sounds like David Kupelian's kind of place.) The article also describes Phelps-Roper as "licensed to practice law in Kansas and before the U.S. Supreme Court."

Interestingly, a search of WND's archives turns up no articles about WBC's funeral protests, despite the controversy surrounding them. In fact, a 2003 article also offers apparent support to the church by noting that equipment at a "homosexual webcasting radio station" was zapped by lightning after having another Phelps family member on who "had prayed God would 'strike the station.'" A 2000 WND article, however, sought to tar Al Gore with his association with the "vehemently anti-homosexual" Phelps.

As we've noted, WND and the ConWeb have had trouble condemning Eminem's gay-bashing lyrics, even as they attack his misogynistic ones.

Posted by Terry K. at 1:25 AM EDT

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