Because of his outlandish behavior and activism, some have speculated whether Phelps might be an elaborate prankster or agent provocateur. Such speculation has come from across the spectrum, both from conservatives who find him to be too much of a caricature of their arguments regarding the religious right and liberals who believe he must be consciously trying to discredit social conservatives…Such claims, however, have been contradicted by claims of Phelps’ estranged children who have argued their father’s beliefs are very real.
This is very interesting. He is bizzaro, but apparently legitimate. He is a parody of christian/social conservatives and often he expresses anti-America statements that America is dammed by God to be destroyed.
Here is the Fifth Generation Warfare (5GW) angle. If you want to discredit social conservatives or Christians (because you have an alternate agenda, or you want their influence to be reduced as a roadblock in the future) at a good return on little costs, a small 5GW group could seek out, identify, and fund the activities of guys like Phelps.
So, Phelps can be legitimate, but a 5GW group could be nudging him along (remaining safe from exposure) in order to reduce the appeal of social conservatives / Christians slightly over the long-term for some other grander purpose. It doens’t take much money to get Phelps going. Also, he mostly likely has enough adherents now that financially he is self-sufficient, so the 5GW efforts can move on to their next small step. As far as Phelps, the 5GW effectors could care less what actually happens to him, he has served his purpose.
Now, I am not saying that Bizzaro Phelps is being duped by 5GW effectors. I am suggesting, that potential/future 5GW effectors might act in this manner.
Update: Oops, I fixed a few typos.
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