This is of course bizarre…

26 Apr

…but what would you expect? Westboro Baptist Church is much loved by atheists and anti-clerical types generally (almost as much as the risible Aussie expat Ken Ham is) and deserves everything it gets, though it hardly deserves to be taken seriously. It is to mainstream Christianity pretty much what Osama bin Laden is to mainstream Islam, but fortunately less effective. It certainly gives religion a bad name.

Westboro Baptist Church (WBC) is a controversial U.S. church headed by Fred Phelps and based in Topeka, Kansas. It runs the websites, and others expressing condemnation of homosexuals, Roman Catholics, Muslims, Jews, Swedes, Canadians, Americans, and other groups… Journalist Charles Firth of Australian television enterprise The Chaser’s War on Everything appeared with members of Westboro Baptist Church, at the picket of an U.S. Marine’s funeral, in early 2006. With the camera rolling, he proceeded to ask a male member of the church several questions about his motivations. Firth then started complimenting the man on his appearance, following him around as he avoided the camera, and stroked his shoulder lamenting how he wished they could be a couple. Other members of Phelps’ congregation then turned on the reporter and cameraman when the homosexual innuendos became obvious.

Nonetheless, I do enjoy Westboro Baptist Is Going To Hell According To Themselves (and here’s why), one of the top posts at the moment here on WordPress.

…The Westboro Baptist community live, as the rest of civilisation, dependent on computers. Computers made the clothes they wear, they couldn’t drive cars were it not for computers, their Reverend makes use of an electronic amplifier + microphone to deliver his distorted preaching of hate and violence, they use image editing software and printers to make their retarded signs, they use cellphones, they even have a web presence (, I will not bring myself to link directly to them).

Here comes the brilliance of today’s rhetoric.

All of these things are or depend on computers. At the base level, they are all Turing complete machines…

And Turing, as is well known, was a “fag”.

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One response to “This is of course bizarre…

  1. AV

    April 27, 2007 at 7:08 am

    I haven’t seen anyone claim that WBC is representative of mainstream Christianity, but I do regard them as the “Id” of the Christian Right when it comes to same-sex issues.

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