05/24/2010

Westboro Baptist Church is an independently run Baptist church from Topeka, Kansas that operates less like a religious institute and more like a full on hate group known for their strong hatred of homosexuals and picketing the funerals of soldiers killed in Iraq and Afghanistan.

If you ask them, I’m going to hell and so are you.

They justify their actions by saying that they’re just trying to tell folks that God is punishing them for supporting a country that has lost all hope and for supporting a sinful, godless lifestyle.  Pretty much, if you believe in a God that has mercy on his people and doesn’t delight in your destruction, you’re doing to hell.  And I’ll see you there.

Aside from their infamous “God Hates Fags” signs, here are a few other examples of their quotes about some people you may know:

“Princess Diana split hell wide open when she died.”

“Fags eat poop”

“Liz Taylor?  She’s a fag lover!”

“Billy Graham:  Hell Bound False Prophet”

Their next victim on their picket schedule?  The Ronnie James Dio memorial service coming up in Las Angeles.

Wait, what?  Ronnie James Dio?

Now I’m not, by any means, any type of authority on any religious topic, and I’m certainly not a philosophical genius, but I do know a thing or two about heavy metal and how heavy metal fans operate.  They announced recently on their website that they would be going to the Dio memorial service because he’s either a satanist, or to paraphrase, one who encourages satanism.

I’ve watched a documentary produced by the BBC called “The Most Hated Family In America” about Westboro Baptist Church that had lots of footage of their pickets.  Reactions ranged from bird flipping, cursing and full blown arguments and screaming matches.  The host even documents that the reaction was 100% disapproval of their existence.

Bird flipping, cursing and full blown arguments and screaming matches.  And that’s just on a street corner.  They can handle that.  People aren’t about to get out of their cars.  At the funerals of soldiers who have died in combat?  They can handle that one, too.  Nobody wants to be the crazy uncle who started the raging inferno at his nephew’s funeral.  But Dio’s fans aren’t driving by in cars.  And Dio’s fans aren’t afraid to be the crazy uncle.  Dio’s fans are heavy metal fans.

I can only hope and pray that this God that, according to them, I offend every second of my life allows the protestors at the memorial service to be eaten alive by fans sticking up for what they love and believe in.  I’ve said it many, many times before and I’ll say it again:  Heavy metal isn’t just a musical genre.  It’s a lifestyle, a mind set, an attitude and to a lot of us, a voice.  WBC may have bitten off much more than they can chew!

Enjoy today’s haiku:

Westboro Baptist
Doesn’t like fornication
But the chicks are hot!

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