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Exclusive: Anti-gay forces protest at Rehnquist death, celebrate Katrina

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A smattering of anti-gay activists celebrated oustide the headquarters of gay rights lobby Human Rights Campaign on the eve of former Chief Justice William Rehnquist's funeral Sept. 7.

Photographs of the event were obtained by RAW STORY.

The protesters from the Westboro Baptist Church of Topeka, Kansas -- more or less all relevatives of anti-gay activist Fred Phelps -- attacked Rehnquist while celebrating hurricane Katrina, which they believe purged New Orleans of unsavory homosexual elements. Similar charges resounded among more right-wing Christian groups, who noted that the gay pride festival Southern Decadence was scheduled right around the time the hurricane hit.

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The signs are captured below. Rehnquist earned "JUDGE IN HELL" for leading his court in overturning sodomy laws.

Other signs blared: "GOD HATES YOU," "GOD IS AMERICA'S TERRORIST," "GOD HATES FAGS," "AMERICA IS DOOMED," "KISS THE SON, BUSH," "DONT WORSHIP THE DEAD," "USA = FAG NATION."

The 'church' drew national attention when it picketed the funeral of Matthew Shepard, a gay youth who was brutally murdered in 1998 in Laramie, Wyoming. It has more recently picketed funerals of American servicemembers killed in Iraq.




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Originally published on Sunday September 18, 2005.

 


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