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Virginia Tech Funerals to be Target of Westboro Baptist Picket

PhelpsNever missing the opportunity to take advantage of a tragedy, Fred Phelps and his gang of haters at Westboro Baptist Church plan to picket the funerals of those killed in the Virginia Tech shootings, according to a message on their website (which I haven't linked on purpose):

"WBC will preach at the funerals of the Virginia Tech students killed on campus during a shooting rampage April 16, 2007. You describe this as monumental horror, but you know nothing of horror -- yet. Your bloody tyrant Bush says he is 'horrified' by it all. You know nothing of horror -- yet. Your true horror is coming. 'They shall also gird themselves with sackloth, and horror shall cover them; and shame shall be upon all faces, and baldness upon all their heads' (Eze. 7:18).

Why did this happen, you ask? It's simple. Your military chose to shoot at the servants of God today, and all they got for their effort was terror. Then, the LORD your God sent a crazed madman to shoot at your children. Was God asleep while this took place? Was He on vacation? Of course not. He willed this to happen to punish you for assailing His servants."

No doubt they'll blame the shootings on the gays as well. But as many people have noted, the more these nuts trot themselves out, the more a symbol of the need for tolerance they become.

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  1. Someday, these assholes are going to show up to the wrong funeral where they will have no police protection and someone will throw a grenade in their midst.

    Posted by: Tread | Apr 17, 2007 11:23:40 AM

  2. For anyone still labouring under the foolish notion that gun control is NOT badly needed.
    Here it is.
    Anyone one of these twisted individuals presently has the right to arm them selves.
    Not just with a handgun,which is bad enough,but with assalt weapons.
    Will people NEVER learn.
    Guns are not a solution in todays society.

    And the 2nd amend. is out of date.

    Posted by: griffin1573 | Apr 17, 2007 11:23:51 AM

  3. They will blame us. We will let them.

    Hastings Wyman wrote something about this years ago

    Posted by: Jon-Marc | Apr 17, 2007 11:35:00 AM

  4. The wingnuts over at WorldNetDaily are, of course, already yammering about how the obvious solution to the problem of gun violence is MORE guns ("someone could have taken this crazed killer out if they'd been packin' heat themselves!") I'm sure there will be more of the same from the NRA and other like-minded organizations...just wait.

    Posted by: Acolyte | Apr 17, 2007 11:38:24 AM

  5. "Why did this happen, you ask? It's simple. Your military chose to shoot at the servants of God today, and all they got for their effort was terror"

    So, the Phelpses are pro-Islam?

    Posted by: Rodolfo | Apr 17, 2007 11:46:29 AM

  6. These nut jobs are doing more than they know. I hope they keep showing up with their hate speech and twisted ideology. They are bringing to light the awful message of what people will do in the name God. I'm a christian and find their actions deplorable.

    Posted by: Mike | Apr 17, 2007 11:47:53 AM

  7. Call them wingnuts if you want, but I do not believe these people are crazy. They are just deeply and dangerously religious.

    Children are taught in this country at a very young age that unquestioning faith is a virtue. The problem is here is religion and society's blind tolerance thereof, at least until one of these people does something crazy. Faith is dangerous and stupid, and creates these type of people.

    Our blind respect for someone's religious beliefs simply because it is "their faith" has got to stop. This fosters the environment in which extremists are born.

    These wingnuts are just normal people whose minds have been poisoned by religious dogma.

    Posted by: JLS | Apr 17, 2007 11:47:56 AM

  8. Slaughters like V Tech have happened in gun-controlled Europe all the time. For example:

    Dunblane, Scotland



    If more gun control makes you feel good, fine ... but it won't stop these murderers. Only armed cops or other firearm-equipped personnel could have taken the V Tech murderer down. Gun control just disables the population and makes us all potential victims. That "happy slapping" plague in Europe would never cross over to Texas, and for obvious reasons.

    PS Never held a gun, never shot one, never want too... just not an idiot.

    Posted by: Dan | Apr 17, 2007 11:50:18 AM

  9. I don't think they are going to get away with it this time. There are simply too many people involved who have all been deeply traumatized. Hopefully, after the mob of students has their way with them, their scourge upon the Earth will be over.

    Posted by: Johnny Lane | Apr 17, 2007 11:53:57 AM

  10. JLS,

    "Faith is dangerous and stupid, and creates these type of people."

    Here is the beauty of this country. Both you and the Westboro crazies have the right to mouth all the silliness you want.


    Posted by: James | Apr 17, 2007 11:56:14 AM

  11. These deeply offensive people are the best thing to happen to the GLBT equality movement since Stonewall. As horrible as they are, they show the absurdity of anti-gay bias when taken to its logical conclusion. But as effective as they may be in convincing fair-minded people that the religionist perspective on gays and lesbians is fraudulent, I'm still hoping that they're gunned down in Virginia. I can't help it. The blood isn't even dry in that school building, and they're already planning to picket the funerals. They are beneath contempt.

    Posted by: Brian | Apr 17, 2007 12:07:49 PM

  12. religious = crazy

    Posted by: Ulrich | Apr 17, 2007 12:15:06 PM

  13. Ulrich = dickhead

    Posted by: Rodolfo | Apr 17, 2007 12:20:35 PM

  14. I grew up in rural Alabama where, if these people showed up to picket a funeral, they'd get their asses kicked and their bodies fed to alligators... and somehow I doubt police protection would do much to help them.

    Posted by: Dave | Apr 17, 2007 12:25:15 PM

  15. Why I'm glad they get all the BAD publicity possibe to show thier "sickness"....Where was everybody, when they were picketing Gay and Lesbian funerals years ago? Not until they started this crap on soldiers..did people pay attention!

    Posted by: Rex | Apr 17, 2007 12:36:23 PM

  16. While I agree they do show all the bigoted nastiness of extreme Christianity, and that is probably good for us, by comparison they make other hate mongers who are perhaps less obvious look less hateful.

    Posted by: Daniel | Apr 17, 2007 12:46:59 PM

  17. Do they have alligators in Virginia? Could we get them some?

    Posted by: David | Apr 17, 2007 12:47:42 PM

  18. What's more offensive? Bush going to "mourn" on campus for another "bullhorn moment" as Consoler-In-Chief (when he doesn't go to military funerals) or Phelps going to protest? Close call.

    Posted by: Malibu Boy | Apr 17, 2007 12:55:03 PM

  19. I remember a while back in a local Los Angeles gay newspaper, the phone number of this religious cult was posted. I called and was HORRIFIED to hear what they had to say. Every word was "faggot this" or "faggot that". I knew at that point that they were NOT christian at all, but a bunch of truly MENTAL cases that should be locked up.

    HELL ... that's definitely the place these pyscho nut cases is awaiting them!

    Posted by: FunMe | Apr 17, 2007 12:56:53 PM

  20. I just threw up.........

    Posted by: Chip Arndt | Apr 17, 2007 1:01:26 PM

  21. These people are sick crazy fucks

    Posted by: shane | Apr 17, 2007 1:05:18 PM

  22. Dan,

    I have to disagree with your last statement.
    Don't sell yourself short....your are indeed every inch an idiot.
    Anyone who truly believes that the answer to the more guns.
    Deserves a trophy and medication.
    heres some sats.
    Since 1975
    Mass attacks at schools world wide,and yes unfortunitly it is happening worldwide,just not to the extent you'd won't people to believe.

    Canada 10,2 of which where knife attacks on individuals.
    Germany 3
    Scotland 1
    Various other countries account for 6
    and the US leads the way with 33.

    Violance is NOT an answer and arming yourself in case of violance is a foolish idea.
    "they have guns,so I'll have a BIGGER gun".

    Border line insanity.

    Posted by: griffin1573 | Apr 17, 2007 1:05:32 PM

  23. So the non-religious people here are advocating violence to eliminate the ridiculous WBC? This is progress? Human nature is independent of religion apparently. (And the irony continues with calls for violence at the funerals for victims of violence...)

    Posted by: anon | Apr 17, 2007 1:18:16 PM

  24. My disgust for the Phelps clan grows every day. They are media-whores who will do or say anything to get their names in the headlines.

    Clearly these people are "crazy". They respond to a terrible tragedy by throwing more gasoline on the fire.

    If their "god" is responsible for "punishing" us via wild-eyed gunmen shooting up at schools or via faith-based madmen like those that brought us the 9/11 attacks then this "god" isn't worthy of worship or respect. This "god" is an enemy of man, not his creator nor his salvation.

    I simply cannot wait until the Phelps family has a death of their own to contend with. I pledge to show up and picket that funeral JUST LIKE they have done to so many others. I can only hope that the gay community descends upon them en masse when that time comes and gives them a taste of their own medicine.

    Posted by: Jonathon | Apr 17, 2007 1:18:54 PM

  25. and it's these kinda whackos that are guaranteed the right to bear firearms ?
    they shouldn't even be granted driver licenses.

    Posted by: A.J. | Apr 17, 2007 1:19:21 PM

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