Poor Shirley Phelps-Roper! The Liza Minelli of homophobes is mad that her own God Hates Fags Baptist Church’s endless and shameless string of publicity grabs isn’t getting, well, the publicity it used to. In fact, you may have read lately about the Florida preacher who wants to burn a bunch of Korans at Ground Zero? Well that has absolutely nothing to do with Miss Shirley. But she would like you to know that her church has been burning Korans for years. And no one cared at all!
Her irritation Wednesday was not that the Rev. Terry Jones and his Dove World Outreach Center’s planned bonfire would offend Muslims worldwide and probably increase the danger to American soldiers in Afghanistan and Iraq.
It’s that in 2008 she and her father’s Topeka flock set fire to a Quran in plain view on a Washington, D.C., street and nobody seemed to care.
“We did it a long time before this guy,” Phelps-Roper said by telephone from a street corner in downtown Chicago, scene of the latest Westboro picket — against Jews this time, not gays.
The difference could be that in 2008 many news media outlets had decided to ignore the group’s routine of spewing hatred at funerals of fallen American soldiers.
So when Fred Phelps, calling Muhammad a “pedophilic gigolo,” went online and invited people to attend the burning, most stayed away.
You kind of have to take pity on Shirley. Without her clever signs and her famous church, she’s just another crazy old lady with a really long braid.