“It is time to clean the worms off of our boots and march in the grass.” ~ Dambreaker
I think that this will be the only time that I will bring up this topic. Because you even bad press is good press. No matter what you say about a person.
Fred Phelps, Sr. the ‘leader’ of the Westboro Baptist Church in Topeka, Kansas has died at the age of 84.
They’ve been able to stir up so much hatred against their group by so many people that there has been many comments that I have heard throughout the years. Most of them about how Westboro needs to burn in hell and what not.
No matter what you think about them and the fact that their beginning leader is now dead and gone, this group will NOT be going anywhere any time soon.
The biggest thing is understanding WHY they are so full of hate.
Westboro Baptist Church was alleging that there was a problem of anonymous homosexual activity that was happening inside of Gage Park. And they wanted the city to do something about it to have it remove the group out of the park because the group wanted it to be a safe and better place for families to gather and children to play and they did not want the homosexuals to “ruin” it for children and families.
Well long story short…. WBC did not get what they wanted. Even with Fred Phelps Sr. and his law degree from Washburn University there in Topeka, WBC lost.
And that’s the way it has been with this group since 1991. It seems as if everyone has been falling prey to them because hate begat hate. If people would have ignored them to begin with as they entered their realm of extreme views of pure hatred, they wouldn’t be as powerful as they are today. If nobody would have cared, it wouldn’t be such a hot topic.
Now the leader is dead. And a few people are NOT holding up their ends. What I mean is that there were people who claimed that they would celebrate and party hard once Fred Phelps Sr. was dead. In fact people have been silent. Perhaps these people came to their human senses and realized that it wasn’t such a great idea.
But do not count out WBC. The old poison is gone. The new poison is now in. The Phelps family will most likely continue on what they’ve been doing for these years without their leader and probably go even stronger and harder to piss off the world in their ways and fashion.
They are still among us. They are still on this Earth. And they have been given no real reason to stop their hatred for everything and anything, just because their leader is dead.
I suspect that WBC will mourn the death of their leader and then continue business as usual.
Its up to us to actually IGNORE these people. Most of us are not able to fight them as many of them have law degrees from Washburn University just like Fred Sr. They know how to protect themselves and hide behind the First Amendment.
So do what you wanna do about the news of the death, hell… many people thought about picketing one of THEIR funerals.
I cannot be sure, but I thought that I had read something about WBC requesting that nobody picket their funerals, which seems like an extremely absurd request considering all the funerals they’ve picketed themselves. But I cannot confirm they’ve said that.
But think about it though:
Is it something we really wanna do? Waste time to picket a man’s funeral??
So be warned.. Westboro Baptist Church is still alive. Still hating. And not going anywhere.