09 August 2008

The Westboro Baptist Church

I have written about the Westboro Baptist Church formed by the Rev. Fred Phelps in a previous entry. These people are the crazy Christian fundamentalists that have decided that God has given them a mission that revolves around the eradication of homosexuality, abortion, and adultery. The chosen method of eradication is to protest at all manner of funerals and attribute the death of the individual to some tolerance of homosexuality, abortion, and adultery.

The WBC is the group you see on TV holding the signs and placards that read, "God Hates Fags". These people are hate-mongers, vilifiers, and by my reckoning not even remotely representative of the Christian faith.

The latest target of these idiots has been the funeral of Tim McLean. McLean was the young man decapitated on a Greyhound Bus in Canada the other week. The WBC has decided that the decapitation and cannibalism of McLean was God's way of letting Canada know that he is displeased with the tolerance of Canadian policy and law towards the issues of homosexuality, abortion, and adultery.

To suggest that the WBC is a few sandwiches short of a picnic basket seems to ignore the fact that the picnic basket is not a few sandwiches short but rather it is empty, devoid of all sandwiches! There is nothing rational in the positions that the WBC adopts.

Thankfully, the Canadian border guards have been instructed to bar entry to members of the WBC to Canada. The family of Tim McLean has a right to grieve in peace and bury him without interference from the WBC! I am one that normally advocates that people have a right to protest, and even if I do not agree with you, I still would argue for your right to protest. Nevertheless, some lines in the sand need to be drawn, this is one of those times. The idea of targeting specific individuals as having died because of a government policy and then picketing their funerals is offensive.

The WBC is the same group you see picketing the funerals of fallen soldiers throughout the US. For me the message of the WBC constitutes hate speech and they should and must be prosecuted where the law allows for this sort of vilification to be prosecuted.

My guess is that God hates the Westboro Baptist Church!

8 comments:

pjbali said...

A bizarre and offensive group to be sure. I almost hope some of them make it up to to the funeral as there is already a counter protest being organised as a welcoming committee.

oigal said...

If only we could get them and the MUI together and dump them at say...Maralinga..

Rob Baiton said...

PJB...

So, I have heard! Still, I am not sure that the funeral of this infortunate fella is where this confrontation needs to be played out.

Stump...

Maralinga!

I am guessing that would be at incineration distance and not just radiation distance?

therry said...

My guess is that these dudes are secretly homosexuals and they're ashamed of themselves.

Remember American Beauty??

Rob Baiton said...

Therry...

Sounds all very Freudian :D

Nope, never watched American Beauty.

oigal said...

Oh I Dunno..glow in the dark religious nutters (is there any other kind?) would be novel.. Perhaps we could cage em and charge little kids to prod them with sharp sticks to elict a religious rant for the amusement of all.

Rob Baiton said...

Cages and sharp sticks in the hands of little children, nice!

And making a few dollars as well!

:D

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