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Fred Phelps' 'Swedish King Is Gay' Tirade

by Malcolm Thornberry 365Gay.com European Bureau Chief

Posted: August 24, 2005 12:01 am ET

(Stockholm) Anti-gay preacher Fred Phelps has caused an international royal gay flap over accusations that Sweden's King Carl Gustaf is gay.

Phelps, who runs the God Hates Fags website, makes the allegations on his newest site - God Hates Sweden.

The preacher who built his reputation by picketing the funeral of gay college student Matthew Shepard is angry over a Swedish court ruling that a fundamentalist minister broke that country's hate speech law during a fiery speech against homosexuality.

Phelps' site calls Sweden "a land of sodomy, bestiality, and incest", and goes on to say: "The King looks like an anal-copulator, & his grinning kids look slutty & gay."

Under pictures of the royals, the site says: "You jackass Swedes just don't get it. Once you have laws to chill Bible preaching, we don't give a rat's tutu whatever else you do or say. You are drippings from the Devil's own p**** - a veritable sperm bank for Satan's queers."

The site and its content have infuriated Swedes who have a close bond with their royal family.

The government has expressed its concern to the US Ambassador. And, the royals have consulted their lawyers.

"I think that it is frightful to defame people in this way," said Ann-Christine Jernberg, the kings press secretary. But, Jernberg said there is probably little the royal family can do, because it is hard to get such sites shut down.

The United States does not have 'promotion of hate' laws and under the First Amendment to the Constitution, Phelps' remarks are protected as free speech.

Although Phelps could be prosecuted in Sweden it is doubtful he could be extradited.

©365Gay.com 2005


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