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Phelps' church gives KU student's film thumbs-up


¢ Members of Topeka's Westboro Baptist Church, known for their anti-gay views and picketing, got their first look at a documentary about them made by a KU student. The [Topeka Capital-Journal][1] provides an account of their reaction._ Throughout the film, viewers, most of whom wore shirts that read "GodHatesFags.com," cheered Phelps's words and yelled at the TV during interviews with those who opposed the church's anti-homosexual message. Phelps didn't attend the screening.¢ Lawrence's Appleseed Cast gets a favorable review for its new album, "Peregrine," on the site [Punknews.org][2]. True to form, the Cast continues to push boundaries and experiment with new sounds and song production. Peregrine blurs individual track separation letting the album instead speak as one continuous story.¢ William Keel, a professor of German at KU, is quoted in this [Houston Chronicle][3] story about the Low German language, also known as Plautdietsch."Plautdietsch speakers are coming here in droves," Keel said. "The language is suddenly more active in southwest Kansas than it is in Germany."¢ Scot Pollard, the former KU basketball star now playing for the Cleveland Cavaliers, is having a tough time adjusting to life away from his wife and kids for the first time, the [Akron Beacon Journal][4] reports._It is the first time Pollard and his wife have been apart since they met at the University of Kansas, and he is missing his children, as well. It has all been part of an adjustment, which has included almost no playing time as the Cavs' fifth big man._"It has been a lot more difficult than I thought it would be. I thought it would be all right," Pollard said. "They've always been with me. This is the longest we've ever been apart."¢ James Gunn, science fiction writing guru at KU, has been named the 24th Damon Knight Memorial Grand Master by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, according the [organization's Web site][5].¢ Janice Matthews, a KU psychology graduate who believes the U.S. government covered up its involvement in the 9/11 terrorist attacks, is profiled in last week's [Pitch Weekly][6]. Matthews wasn't always this way. She earned a psychology degree from the University of Kansas in the '80s and trained as a midwife. A conservative Christian, she voted for Bush in 2000. On 9/11, Matthews was raising her children in the small central Kansas town of Lindsborg. "I had a gradual reawakening," she says._ [1]: http://cjonline.com/stories/112706/loc_phelps.shtml [2]: http://www.punknews.org/review/5840 [3]: http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/world/4358754.html [4]: http://www.ohio.com/mld/beaconjournal/16093954.htm [5]: http://sfwa.org/news/2006/07grandmaster.htm [6]: http://www.pitch.com/Issues/2006-11-23/news/feature.html


heysoos 8 years, 10 months ago

Does anyone know if Ryan has produced a trailer or has any plans to post the documentary online?

trombeck 8 years, 10 months ago

heysoos - You can see the trailer on the page below. It's the story the Journal-World wrote about the documentary on Friday.

Terry Rombeck J-W reporter

Sigmund 8 years, 10 months ago

For those that are interested, I believe there will be a screening of "Fall From Grace" and Q&A with the filmmaker Wednesday, November 29th, 7:00PM at the Kansas Union, Woodruff Auditorium. I assume it will be open to the public.

Celeste Plitz 8 years, 10 months ago

wow, that trailer was really impressive. Gratz on what looks to be a very professionally done documentary. It's scary how these people hate so deeply. Really. Really. Scary. And sad too, to know those children will grow up spewing their parent's hatred to their children and so on, a never-ending fountain of hate. :(

jayhawktownie 8 years, 10 months ago

if there were any justice in the world, the adults in the westboro community would be anally pillaged and burned at the stake for the hatred they impart to their children.

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