, has caused a bit of an Internet stir by referring to Fred Phelps and his batshit-insane Westboro Baptist Church as a "left-wing cult."Left
How could you possibly label a gay-bashing, abortion-hating, Obama-loathing group as left wing?
It all began with the arrival of the Patriot Guard Riders
in Newtown, Connecticut (site of the December 14 school massacre).
The PGRs are motorcycle enthusiasts who gather at fallen soldiers'
funerals to act as a buffer of compassion between mourning families
and the Westboro lunatics who protest there (they protest because the believe God punishes American tolerance of homosexuality by making soldiers
die; you're correct, they're the worst people in the history of history).
When the Westboro faithful added the funeral of Sandy Hook Elementary principal (and
hero) Dawn Hochsprung to their protest schedule, the PGR noticed and came
to Newtown. Turns out the Westboro folks never even showed up.
The Cochrane Times
ran the story anyway. Hoft picked it up and wrote
on Gateway Pundit the following headline: "Bikers Turn Out to Protect
Newtown Mourners from Left-Wing Westboro Cult." Not just any bikers,
mind you: Hoft called them "conservative" bikers. So to him, this was a
bunch of conservative good-guys protecting the funeral from lefty
Fox Nation picked this up
in turn, followed by Gawker
, where writers argued that the Patriot Guard tends to resist political affiliation.
Fair enough. But how can Hoft refer to Westboro as left-wing?
true that founder Fred Phelps ran
as a Democrat in Kansas during
several Democratic primaries during the 1990s (he always lost).
Over the past week, St. Louis-based political blogger Jim Hoft, a.k.a.