We in Lenexa love Slimfast, and those who don't can take their bowl of f-off in the corner and eat it alone!
Beki Huff, Lenexa
Ask a Mexican, October 26
The Return of
I'm a Cuban who has been in this country since 1961. I don't understand other Cubans taking issue with your characterization. My parents always told me: Don't forget, you didn't come to this country as a poor immigrant; you are a political refugee. One day, you'll return and claim what is rightfully yours. My dad still feels that way. Oy vey!
Tony Quintero, Olathe
Feature: "The New Fred," November 2
I seriously do not understand why anyone gives a flying rat's ass about what the Phelps family does or thinks. Being on Hannity & Colmes? The Tyra Banks Show? Give me a break. It is simply not possible to argue with these people, because they present an ideology that is purely based on emotion. Without an inkling of intellectualism or logical thinking, it is so easy for them to quickly dismiss anything that anyone has to say concerning their ridiculous M.O.
The presence of counter-protesters and the media just fuels them to think that they are actually doing God's work because they are being acknowledged by the general public. It makes them believe that what they have to say is worth something, which it obviously is not.
The Westboro Church is like a petulant child, always trying to garner negative attention so that it feels as though someone cares about it. The same steps need to be taken that you would take with a disobedient child: Ignore it.
These people picket funerals of dead people who have no way to defend themselves. That sounds like a real fair fight. This entire ideological campaign is composed of idiotic, illogical and cowardly people. If they really wanted to change the world, there are a thousand different things they could do that would actually give them credibility and would help out fellow humans instead of just using the message of God to spread their message of hate. Monique Maes, Kansas City, Missouri
Shirley, You Jest
I am so tired of hearing about this family. It is way past time to simply ignore them. Their 15 minutes have lasted way too long. Hopefully, this article is the last one. No more airtime, either.
Odd how Shirley Phelps-Roper can spout God this, God that, yet shun family members who refuse to follow her and her cronies like a pied piper. Doesn't sound very Godlike to me. One of their signs references that God hates the U.S. Well, if that is so, why do they continue to live in the U.S. of A.? Contradictions, contradictions. Lyn King, Leavenworth
For as long as I can remember, Fred Phelps and the Westboro Baptist Church have practically been household names, especially in Kansas. I have seen them out and about during my collegiate years in Lawrence and recently in Topeka in front of the Capitol with their fluorescent signs damning homosexuals, soldiers and sinful Americans in general. I was enraged at their hatefulness, bigotry and audacity. As one protester approached my car, I shooed him away as I would an annoying insect, proud that I took even a small stand against their pitiful regime.
The next day, a friend hands me a copy of Justin Kendall's article in the Pitch, and I cannot read it fast enough. I shake my head at the pictures of young children holding signs that read "God hates Fags" and "God hates Soldiers." I read on in wonderment of how someone like Shirley Phelps-Roper can be so brainwashed, so horribly cruel and so wrong ... when I stop for a minute to ponder the fact that I am part of this circle! If there is no audience, then the performance doesn't mean much at all, now, does it?
Haven't we figured out their sin? Vanity! If we continue to give them the attention cover pages, talk shows, etc. we give them exactly what they want. I know they aren't going to go away, and at this point, I don't care. Since we can't stop anyone from exercising their right to free speech, can't we all freely stop caring what they think? Sticks and stones.... Aly Jones, Overland Park
Hello. I was intrigued by your article on the Westboro Baptist Church. As I struggle to overcome the shock of this organization's actions, I must remind myself that the only way to fight hate is with love.
I would like to send positive messages that will in some way give people relief from the intense negative energy put out by the Phelpses' pickets. Signs that say things like "God loves everyone, even you, Fred Phelps" and "Ignore the Hatred" would be good if displayed before or after a WBC picket. Anything we can do to positively fight hatred will benefit all. Charles Wines, Kansas City, Missouri
Having read your article on Shirley Phelps-Roper, I have one thing to say: Luke 10:25-37.
A man asked Jesus: "How do I inherit eternal life?"
"What does the Law say?" Jesus asked.
The man answered: "'Love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, strength, and mind' and 'Love your neighbor as yourself.'"
"Good answer," Jesus replied.
"But who is my neighbor?" The man asked.
Then Jesus said: "A man was going from Overland Park to Kansas City, when he was robbed. He was stripped, beaten and left for dead. Lady Indatramp, a drag queen, came where the man was; when she saw him, she took pity on him. She bandaged his wounds, wrapped the man in her faux mink coat and took him to the hospital. She visited the man every day, making sure he was taken care of and using her own spare time to locate the man's family and make sure they were reunited. Who do you think is a neighbor to a man who has been robbed?"
The man replied, "The one who has mercy on him."
Jesus told him, "Go and do likewise."
As a gay Christian, I feel sad that the Phelps clan has lost sight of what Jesus himself said was most important. But I choose to show them Jesus' love, in the hopes that one day, they will see that hate only breeds more hate, and love is the greatest commandment of all.
I took some liberties with the Bible passage, but Jesus told me that he didn't mind. Dustin Adair, Kansas City, Missouri
Kansans Hate Fred
Please don't think or believe that all Kansans are supporters of the violence and hate that the Phelps clan sends not just through our state but throughout the entire nation. Most Kansans are nice, friendly folks; there's always a few bad seeds in any state. Ours just happens to be very vocal and annoying.
Chandra Dickson, Wichita