Thursday, November 3, 2011

I'd rather be gay than a redneck.

I've been meaning to write this post for some time. 

Ever since I saw this Foo Fighters YouTube video in fact. The band had heard that members of a local Baptist Church in Westboro Kansas, where they were due to play a gig, were planning a protest due to the bands teaching of "fornication, adultery, idolatry and fags."

So the band paid them a little visit....

As you can see from their wonderful array of posters these guys have issues with gay people. Choosing a favourite from the frankly mind boggling display of placards is tricky but I'd have to go for either the rather clear and concise 'YOU'RE GOING TO HELL' to the rather bizarre 'THANK GOD FOR DEAD SOLDIERS' (where they are going with that one is anyone's guess).

Of course these protesters aren't just rednecks, oh no, they are Christian Fundamentalist Rednecks. Which is a whole different ball game. To my mind they may be Rednecks and they may be Fundamentalists but they sure as hell aint Christians (pun intended thank you very much). You see I think these people are, for want of a better phrase, 'mentally challenged'.

Now they have obviously learned how to walk and talk and jeer and tape big ugly posters to even bigger sticks, but what I would really like to know is how they have managed to convince themselves that by doing this they are 'doing God's work'.

Where is it written in the Bible or in history or in their tiny brains that 'GOD HATES FAGS' and 'FAGS ARE BEASTS'? You see I was brought up a Christian and all I seem to remember is things like 'Love thy neighbour as thy self'. But perhaps my edition of the Bible was missing the 'unless he is gay for then HE IS GOING TO HELL'.

Seeing these type of protests - which believe me aren't just in Kansas - makes me feel an odd mixture of angry, bemused, amused and sick to my stomach.

Anyway, rant over. I've worn myself out and wasted too much energy on these fools but I'll leave you with the fact that today the Westboro Baptist Church have moved on from the Foo Fighters and they will instead by picketing a local funeral 'to remind the living that there is a God.'

Just the kind of people you want to meet in heaven hey?

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