Making sense of 'God Hates Fags' and 'Thank God for 9/11': A thematic analysis of milbloggers' responses to Reverend Fred Phelps and the Westboro Baptist Church

Daniel Brouwer, Aaron Hess

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Abstract

Since June 2005, the Reverend Fred Phelps and the Westboro Baptist Church (WBC) have conducted protests at funerals of U.S. military personnel killed in the War on Terror. Investigating a webring of military blogs, we conduct an analysis of vernacular responses to the WBC's protests. Articulation theory informs our analysis as we characterize the ideological work performed in vernacular responses to the protests. Bloggers' responses demonstrate that the WBC exposes ideological tensions involving freedom of speech and religious expression, enactments of citizenship, injustice in the justice system, and disciplined military bodies out of control.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)69-90
Number of pages22
JournalWestern Journal of Communication
Volume71
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 2007

Keywords

  • Articulation
  • Blogs
  • Fred Phelps
  • Freedom of Speech
  • Milblogs
  • Military
  • Nation
  • Religion
  • Sexuality
  • Vernacular

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Language and Linguistics
  • Communication

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