Anti-Gay Hate Group Says Fred Thompson Shares Their Values
October 18, 2007
This post, written by Paddy, originally appeared on Cliff Schecter's Brave New Films Blog
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Members of the anti-gay Westboro Baptist Church are urging Fred Thompson to support their stance on homosexuality -- a position on which they say the Republican presidential candidate once ''saw eye to eye'' with them.
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