Fred Phelps, the leader of the Topeka, Kansas, church whose followers picket the funerals of dead soldiers waving signs that say “God Hates Fags,” says that he and Fred Thompson see eye to eye on gay issues.
Thompson was hired for a mid-1980s legal case in Kansas on the recommendation of Margie Phelps, daughter of Westboro founder Fred Phelps.
The Topeka, Kan.-based church is now best known for protesting at soldiers’ funerals, claiming their deaths are retribution for the nation’s acceptance of homosexuality.
Church members released an open letter to Thompson this week, saying he had discussed his views on homosexuality with them while handling the case of a woman who had sued the state’s Republican attorney general for sexual harassment.
“We know what your position used to be on the homosexual question — and it was wonderful, and we saw eye to eye,” church members said in the letter to Thompson.
The Thompson campaign tried to distance themselves from the church.
Thompson campaign spokeswoman Karen Hanretty on Wednesday dismissed the church as “a radical fringe group, looking to draw attention to themselves.”
“Their behavior at the funerals of fallen soldiers is disgraceful and reprehensible,” she said. “In no way do these people share Fred’s values.”
Yeah, yeah, we all agree; picketing dead soldiers’ funerals with signs saying they died because America tolerates gays is bad. But does Fred Thompson still see “eye to eye” with the Phelps horde about gays themselves?