Fred Phelps to Confront Soulforce in New Orleans. How You Can Help!

June 7, 2001


A Personal Invitation from Karen Weldin and Bill Carpenter,
National Co-Chairs for Soulforce New Orlean’s Journey to Justice

Dear friends of Soulforce,

We don’t know whether to laugh or cry at Fred Phelp’s latest attack on Soulforce. See his full press release plus photos of "fag whoremonger" Mel White and his "grinning faggot wife" Gary Nixon – provided below in Adobe Acrobat format.
"Fred Phelps To Picket Soulforce Events In New Orleans" – PDF File 61K

Instead of laughing or crying, we’re going to use the occasion to help Soulforce. We don’t know exactly who dreamed up this wonderful response to Fred’s picket lines, but we love the idea and ask you to consider joining in.

Instead of going eyeball to eyeball with Fred and his family, the Soulforce volunteers in New Orleans will (as usual) prayerfully ignore him. In fact, we’re hoping that he pickets every Soulforce event at the Southern Baptist Annual Meeting in New Orleans, including our vigils and the Jazz Funeral.

Here’s where you come in. Fred has announced that he will picket our 6 PM dinner and training at St. Mark’s Community Center, our 8 AM and 5 PM vigils at the Superdome (as 13,000 "Messengers" enter and exit their meeting), and Wednesday’s 12 Noon Jazz Funeral, press conference, and possible civil disobedience.

Usually he and his recruits picket for an hour or so, then, once they’ve had their photos taken, they head back for their campers. That would mean Fred will probably picket 4-6 hours during our Soulforce events in New Orleans.

Will you pledge an amount to Soulforce for each hour that Fred and his people picket Soulforce with their GOD HATES FAGS signs? If you would pledge $5, $10, $20 or even more per hour, it will help underwrite this second Soulforce campaign to bring truth to the Southern Baptists. The Jazz Funeral, the vigils, and the possible civil disobedience cost a lot of money, but if just one Southern Baptist is touched by our visit, it will be worth it. Any amount you pledge is tax-deductible and gratefully received.

Simply email the amount you would like to pledge to one of our many great volunteers, Denise Ray Mueller, at Denise will be handling all emails related to this pledge drive. After the Southern Baptist Conference is over, we’ll let you know by return email the exact number of hours Fred pickets our Soulforce actions.

Soulforce has four major direct actions planned in the next few months. See our schedule. These are expensive actions. Our volunteers pay their own airfare, hotel, and other expenses. It’s taken six months to prepare the Southern Baptists for our visit and it will cost Soulforce more than $30,000 to take this stand. We’re arriving in New Orleans with less than $8,000 in our Soulforce account. Please help us make a difference. If Soulforce weren’t mounting this campaign, no one else would be in New Orleans to confront the tragic untruths.

To use your Visa or Mastercard to donate, go to the Donate page on the web site. Or send a (tax-deductible) check to Soulforce, Inc., PO Box 4467, Laguna Beach, CA. 92652.

And your per "picket" hour pledge will let Rev. "God Hates Fags" Phelps help Soulforce bring truth to the confused hearts and minds of the Southern Baptist Convention. Please consider going to the website now and making a Donation or writing Denise at and making a pledge to Soulforce for each hour Rev. Phelps and his folks picket in New Orleans.

Blessings on you for your loving support of Soulforce,

Karen and Bill,
National Co-Chairs

Fred Phelps Rhetoric

December 11, 1999

WARNING: this may be dangerous to your mental health
An example of Rev. Fred Phelps rhetoric

Link here for a scan of the actual flier.

Fag soldier Winchell died for fag Mel White’s sins

Aging Rev. Mel White is an out-of-the-closet fag preacher who sloughed off his wife and children to "marry" another fag — Gary Nixon. With a soul as black as the nethermost Hell, White — a certifiable messenger of Satan — now transforms himself as an apostle of Christ: "For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ." 2 Cor. 11:13. Having com-mitted the ultimate infidelity in putting away the wife of his youth, White — for sodomite lucre — provides a pseudo-religious placebo for trapping young people into lives of sin and shame. One of those won to fagdom by Luciferian "Evangelist" White, was Kansas Citian Barry Winchell. A fellow soldier at Ft. Campbell, Ky., beat his brains out with a baseball bat. As his brains dribbled out on his Army cot, young Barry was heard to moan, "Thank you, Bro. White, for ending my life at 21 and for sending my soul to Hell for all eternity." Rev. 14:9-11. White’s (and Clinton’s) lying fag sins killed Pvt. Winchell.

White admits sodomite beasts are properly called "fags"

At right is Mel White picketing WBC Dec. 10, 1999, with a sign in his right hand that says, "GOD LOVES FAGS." The banner on WBC’s meeting house behind: "GOD HATES FAGS.COM." Yes, they’re FAGS!

White left "wife" Gary home

Below is White’s true wife, Lyla, as she was when he shed her for Gary. White was too ashamed to bring Gary to Topeka. Poor Lyla is much older, wrinkled, sadder today. Will Hell be hot enough for fag Mel White?

Capital-Journal Article: "Rev. White Preaches Reconciliation"

Rev. White preaches reconciliation
By Bill Blankenship
and Phil Anderson
The Capital-Journal

Rev. Mel White vigils outside Westboro Baptist Church in Topeka, Kansas

The Rev. Mel White, a homosexual minister from Laguna Beach, Fla., walked in front of Westboro Baptist Church to protest the anti-homosexual message of the Rev. Fred W. Phelps, who has become part of the Topeka landscape. White met with Phelps on Wednesday.
David Eulitt/The Capital-Journal

To give up on the Rev. Fred W. Phelps because of his strident anti-homosexual protests is to commit an act of violence against him, the Rev. Mel White, a gay preacher, said Thursday night.

"I think Topeka has suffered more as a city from one man than any other city in the nation," White said at a forum at Washburn University staged by Concerned Citizens for Topeka Inc.

"I’ve heard story after story after story of what you’ve suffered," White said. "It is mind-boggling what you have tolerated, but tolerance is not the goal. The goal is to go beyond tolerance and reconcile."

In October, White achieved a degree of reconciliation with another well-known minister, the Rev. Jerry Falwell.

White apologized to Falwell for the vilification heaped upon the televangelist by many in the gay community. In turn, Falwell admitted to White that his anti-homosexual rhetoric had grown excessive.

White called the encounter an example of how non-violence works, but emphasized one has to engage opponents to produce results.

"Jerry Falwell is not my enemy. He’s my brother, and I need to reconcile with him because we have the same heavenly parents.

"Fred Phelps is not my enemy. He’s my … uh … cousin," said White to the laughter of the crowd.

"We have to believe that Fred Phelps also can change."

White and Phelps met for 90 minutes Wednesday afternoon at the Westboro Baptist Church, where Phelps is pastor.

White said the two agreed to say publicly only that they had met and not go into specifics.

In a Thursday afternoon interview in his office, Phelps called the meeting "very cordial." Phelps said he didn’t sense any friction, but added the two continued to disagree on how God views homosexuals.

Phelps said the central message White brought was one of not preaching against homosexuals because "that makes a lunatic fringe perpetrate violence" against gays.

However, Phelps disagreed with White’s view of the Westboro church’s anti-homosexual picketing.

"He calls Bible meetings we have on the street a public hate demonstration," Phelps said. "Well, I’m not willing for them to take over the lexicon. It is a gospel meeting we have on the streets, not a public hate demonstration."

White called what Phelps and others do "spiritual violence." White turned the tables on Phelps by picketing his church and residence Thursday afternoon.

White carried two pink signs with black lettering. One sign proclaimed that God loves homosexuals. The other said, "God even loves Fred."

"It was done to say, ‘Fred, I love you. God loves you. But I am protesting that you say God doesn’t love gays, and that breaks the heart of God.’ "

While in Topeka, White also met with 47 clergy and religious leaders. He said at his lecture that some had declared their belief that homosexuality is sin. However, White said he didn’t meet with his fellow clergy to defend homosexuality.

"That’s not my goal," he said. "My goal is to advocate dialogue and peaceful dialogue at that."

In spite of their differences, Phelps said White expressed a willingness to keep talking. The two have pledged to continue their dialogue.

"He hopes to come back," Phelps said. "I told him he’d be as welcome as the flowers in spring."

As for White, he recalled how Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was once criticized by his fellow civil rights leaders for suggesting Alabama Gov. George Wallace could change his segregationist views.

"If Wallace can change, Fred can change. If Fred can change, we can change," White said.

Such changes are needed by everyone, said White, who led the audience through some exercises that revealed biases and prejudices.

"Fred just reminds us of how we look some of the time, carrying our signs around the people we love the most and offending them by the way we’re carrying them. The silences. The words. The gestures. It’s not about Fred. It’s about all of us. Hate is about all of us.

"Hate speech cripples the soul and cramps the body and kills the spirit," White said. "Love speech enables and renews and restores."