Westboro Baptist Church wants in on the Washington state Christmas display circus.

For once I’m actually glad Fred Phelps and his Westboro Baptist Church people are making asses of themselves. These are the idiots that picket funerals of dead soldiers and celebrities holding the “God hates fags” signs and just generally pissing off everyone in the vicinity. Something that have a legal right to do no matter how distasteful it happens to be. Well it appears that they want in on all the fun the folks in Washington state have had with their decision to allow any and all religious viewpoints to be displayed in the state capitol:

The Westboro Baptist Church’s message would be near a Nativity set, three signs mocking atheism, and an atheists’ sign that celebrates the winter solstice, while also taking a shot at religion as “myth and superstition” that enslaves minds, all in the state Capitol’s third-floor hallway.

The first part of Westboro’s proposed message, according to Spokesman-Review reporter Rich Roesler:

“You’d better watch out, get ready to cry, You’d better go hide, I’m telling you why ‘cuz Santa Claus will take you to hell. He is your favorite idol, you worship at his feet, but when you stand before your God He won’t help you take the heat. So get this fact straight: you’re feeling God’s hate, Santa’s to blame for the economy’s fate, Santa Claus will take you to hell.”

The article doesn’t say what the second part of the proposed message says, but it’s likely something intemperate about homosexuals. Personally I couldn’t be more thrilled that they’ve applied to have their sign displayed along with the others. They certainly have the right to do so given the terms of the settlement agreement with the Christians who first started this whole mess. If it were up to me there wouldn’t be any religious displays—pro or con—in the capitol building because they really don’t belong there, but if you’re going to allow one then you must allow them all.

It’ll be interesting to see how Bill “Douchebag” O’Reilly handles this latest development. Doubtless he’ll try to blame the atheists, but the truth is this probably would’ve come about regardless of whether or not the atheists had their sign there. The Westboro folks are assholes, but they aren’t stupid and have been for the most part complying with the law everywhere they go including the new ones passed to try and keep them away from funerals. They would’ve taken advantage of that settlement either way. With any luck this will give Christians reason to pause and consider the unintended consequences of their actions before trying to force their beliefs into places where they don’t belong.

Probably not, but we can always hope.

12 thoughts on “Westboro Baptist Church wants in on the Washington state Christmas display circus.

  1. Great example of why secular government and any religion just doesn’t mix.  This whole “let everyone display their religion equally” idea that they put through in Washington is totally asinine, but most of the religious folk will just miss the point (like O’Really does, though I suspect he understands it, he just likes to keep controversy going for his audience). 

    The fact is, religions are incompatible, and the only real way that we can all get along is if we leave our religious beliefs (or lack thereof) at home when dealing in government.  But like I said, the lesson here is just going to get missed by those who need to learn it.

  2. Those ppl annoy me.  I also think that given their track record you would be hard pressed to find anyone that takes them seriously anymore…this will just be a “look at those idiots” moment.

  3. Westboro baptist is all but dismissed by anyone with half a functioning brain stem. They’re just attention-whores.

    They would show up at funerals for fallen Iraq soldiers to mock them, claiming some connection between the “sins of homosexuality” and war casualties. —????

    They tried that stunt here in MN a couple years back and were met by an amazing human wall of local motorcycle club members who showed up by the hundreds to shield the mourners from the “protests.” Those Westboro pussies couldn’t run back to Kansas fast enough.

    BTW, there’s a fun parody of their ilk here.

  4. It’s a shame, that is actually catchy and works with the tune. They could be the next Weird Al’s.

  5. Don’t get me wrong, Fred Phelps and his clan annoy the hell out of me as well, but they do have a right to make asses out of themselves and I’ll speak up in defense of that right.

    It’d be hypocritical of me to do otherwise. I annoy plenty of people myself with what I say here. I can’t expect my unpopular speech to be protected if I don’t extend the same to people I disagree with.

    And, in this case at least, they’re proving to be a useful bad example.

  6. Anyone have any idea what the “three signs mocking atheism” up in the Washington state display say?

  7. Sandy wrote

    This whole “let everyone display their religion equally” idea that they put through in Washington is totally asinine,….

    Not at all.  Recall that it was a court settlement of a case brought by the fundies that opened the ‘public square’ to all comers.  Now they’re reaping what they sowed: Free speech.  Nothing wrong with that.

  8. Or watch the video.  I’m afraid it defies belief.

    At least the nippers appeared happy for once.

    On a more serious note, you have to wonder at the kind of psychological damage being done to the young ones with the constant messages of hate being pounded into their heads 24/7.

  9. Not surprisingly, the WBC seems to have ripped off the bad Santa picture- it’s by a Turkish artist named Kerem Beyit, and is still (as far as I can tell) under copyright.  I guess “thou shalt not steal” doesn’t apply if you’re doing the Lord’s Work.

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