Thursday, December 30, 2004

Compassionate fellowship from the Westboro Baptist Church

I like to think myself as PoMo as the next guy -- able to spot even the most subtle satire. And there are some wonderfully subtle pseudo-God Squad websites out there, like the Landover Baptist site (I think). But I throw up my hands at this one --, the website of the Westboro Baptist Church of Topeka, Kansas. Among other strangeness therein:

WBC engages in daily peaceful sidewalk demonstrations opposing the homosexual lifestyle of soul-damning, nation-destroying filth. We display large, colorful signs containing Bible words and sentiments, including: GOD HATES FAGS, FAGS HATE GOD, AIDS CURES FAGS, THANK GOD FOR AIDS, FAGS BURN IN HELL, GOD IS NOT MOCKED, FAGS ARE NATURE FREAKS, GOD GAVE FAGS UP, NO SPECIAL LAWS FOR FAGS, FAGS DOOM NATIONS, etc.

The headline on the press release the top link points to: "Thank God for Tsunami & 2000 dead Swedes!!!"

If this site represents somebody's idea of humor, I would love to see a mainstream church or three express a little old-fashioned outrage. If it represents serious and heartfelt beliefs, it is the most vile and outrageous thing I have seen on the vile and outrageous Internet, and we should do all we can to publicize it. The first step in upending the absolutist claims of the fundamentalists is to set them against each other. And putting this kind of insanity on the front page will force the slightly less wacky religious right to disavow it, and thus admit that thumping the Bible does not guarantee righteousness or virtue.


Update: As it turns out, so far the rest of the religious right isn't just ignoring this obscenity, they are even ignoring the tragedy in Asia itself.


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