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.