As some of you may know Fred Phelps, the infamous (or famous, depending on your point of view) leader of Westboro Baptist Church died on Wednesday at the age of 84. And true to their reputation of face melting hypocrisy – the Westboro founder’s son then released a statement saying that anyone that tried to picket his father’s funeral would be sued. Except he didn’t say “anyone,” he went out of his way to say “fags.”
Any fags that wanna come out and protest my dad’s funeral better be ready for a lawsuit.
No fags better show up with signs thinking that they’re being clever either. Any fag caught protesting this great man’s funeral will get sued. This is their only warning so I won’t be repeating myself anytime in the near future
It also included this line:
Show the man some respect on his well-deserved journey into Heaven.
This guy (because really, who cares what his name is?) was careful not to use pronouns to describe “fags” in any way that might suggest that he sees them as actual people. A mindset of pure and total condemnation, hatred and bigotry – which are good words to describe Westboro and the beliefs they stand behind, which mostly have to do with hating gay people.
Westboro Baptist Church, based in Topeka, is about 40 members strong and they picket some place or event every day. Every day? Where are they getting this time? Who’s buying these sweatpants and poster boards?
Anyway, It would make sense to picket ol’ Fred’s funeral. ‘Take that, assholes, how do you like it? It’s a dose of your own medicine!’ Right? Well, although a vibrant and cross dressed protest would be delightful, I think it’s the wrong way to go. Instead, imagine a scenario where there are no blonde, perfectly groomed men on the outskirts of the funeral procession. Instead – there is no one.
Not because Fred Phelps or his followers deserve respect, but because it proves a more important point. It proves that the other side, the people who believe in equality and the support of love regardless of the participants respective genitalia, are better than Westboro. They are better than cruelty, and hatred and ugliness, so maybe the pitchforks and torches should take a backseat for this one.