(depending, of course, on what your definition of “good” is…)
Has [Fred] Phelps generated support? Did he poison the climate? Are gays worse off now than before he launched his campaign?
The answer to all these questions is no. Kansas is rock-ribbed conservative country but Kansans despise Fred Phelps. He has virtually no support. He has no converts to show for all his effort and today, as always, his congregation almost exclusively consists of his extended family. (…)
That’s not to say Phelps’s hate hasn’t had any effect. It certainly has.
The people of Topeka rallied. They organized. They raised awareness. Bigotry toward gays was exposed and talked about for the first time and even conservative Christian churches stepped up to denounce it. Fourteen years after Phelps started his crusade, a lesbian activist personally targeted by Phelps was appointed to fill a vacant seat on Topeka city council…”