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Meanwhile, from the protest front, not all the moonbats are on the Left. A so-called ‘church’ group from Kansas protested the funeral of a Green Beret at the Old North Church today in Marblehead. Apparently, God hates America due to our tolerance of homosexuality:

[A] right-wing Protestant Christian church group from Topeka, Kansas is planning to demonstrate at Piper’s funeral services at the Old North Church. They claim U.S. soldiers like Piper are dying because the country is being punished for its tolerance of what they see as immoral behavior, such as homosexuality.

The group, from the Westboro Baptist Church, protested several weeks ago in Dracut and Lexington, Mass., carrying signs depicting homosexual sex, with slogans such as “Pope In Hell” and “God Hates Fags,” and “God Hates The U.S.”

Presumably the Pope is in hell because of that old “love the sinner, hate the sin” policy. Getting that one from both sides …

These people are entitled to protest, but they do themselves no good. The notion that God ‘hates’ is frankly bad enough, but the idea that God is smiting US service men and women because some people are engaging in sexual practices is Old Testament thinking to say the least. To put a finer point on it – they’re nutjobs. At least the moonbats on the Left are genuinely opposed to the war or hate America all by themselves. They feel no need to invoke the authority of the Almighty, who no doubt frowns very much on this presumption to speak in his name.

More to the point, they give ammunition to those on the Left who would refer to Christians derisively as “Christers,” and people like Howard Dean who very much want to portray people like this as the mainstream of the Republican party, and who have Bush in their pocket. To be sure, these people no doubt are convinced of the rectitude and importance of their cause, but just like those on the Left, all they really do is provide a spectacle of marginalized extremists in living color. They – and their counterparts on the Left – would do better to stay home. In the end, protesting seems to serve more often as a convenient filter to identify the lunatic fringe, than the higher purpose the Founding Fathers intended.

Some video here.

Update Well, it’s worse than I thought. I had of course heard of the so-called ‘Westboro Baptist Church,’ but hadn’t paid much attention. Maybe I should have. Here’s a picture of one of their protesters:

Indeed, indistinguishable from his counterpart on the Left, and save for the offensive ‘God’ reference, most welcome at a showing of Fahrenheit 9/11. They also have a website, with an unsurprising URL. Be careful, it’s filled with imbecilic vitriol, bigotry, and an utter and complete lack of Christian charity. There’s also a strange fecal preoccupation, along with lesser modes of excretion. By their fruits ye shall know them indeed. A taste:

Once we found nourishment, exercise and lodging, we made our way to the city of Lexington, where we would preach righteousness and shine a bright light on their evil deeds, ripping forth the razor-thin veneer of their pretension to holiness. As two-dozen God-hating fools clutched sweaty palms at St. Brigid’s whorehouse and turned their backs to us as some ill-conceived show of righteousness, Shirl, Becky, Mara, Jacob Z., Bekah, Zach, Deborah, Noah and I arrived to bear precious seed on ground that was once covered with the blood of those who fought for liberty, but now is trod by the feet of Lexingtonian zombies running to sin. Shirl announced to TV and newspaper reporters that the God that destroyed Sodom is not dead, and that there is a hell and a day of judgment and that it’s not okay to be gay. As those with children in tow approached the steps of this den of iniquity, Becky implored them not to take the children inside and reminded them of what the priests inside wanted to do to their sons. I began to lift up voice, reminding these mindless, spineless men of the flesh that the Catholic church has become, under JPII’s guidance, the largest pedophile organization in the history of man — sanctioned by every nation in the world, and that anyone who puts a penny in their plate pays the salary of pedophile rapists. I also suggested in love that it would have been infinitely less filthy for these phony, crop-headed heifers to have stayed at home and wallowed around in a bathtub full of their own crap than to have stepped over the threshold of such an evil place.

It goes on like this for some time, except that this is tamer than much of what follows. The site is filled with this dross, although it does have some (no doubt) unintentional moments of humor such as when we learn that in addition to hating America, God hates Sweden. My first thought was, “Why bother?” These are sad, pathetic, moonbats for the most part, but with a whiff of evil about them. I trust they will one day be treated to more mercy than they themselves would show.

Update II It’s been pointed out that the head of this ‘church,’ Fred Phelps, has ties to Al Gore and his family and that he calls himself a Democrat, having even run for office as a Democrat in Kansas. The fact that he’s been soundly defeated in the primaries suggests that his party affiliation may be in his head. And the chameleon-like Gore, while no doubt thoroughly rejecting Phelps’ bigotry, is enough of a moonbat himself to be an entire sub-genus of the species. The operative lesson here may very well be madness defies party labels, and that extremism of the Left and extremism of the Right often merge in unpredictable ways, thus becoming hard to distinguish. Still, this sort seems more of the rejected Falwell/Buchanan type than the embraced Moore/Dean type. The real lesson? The Right rejects its moonbats; the Left does not. Let me make this clearer: The Republicans have rejected Phelps, Duke, Buchanan and their ilk. The Democrats fete Soros, give Moore prominence at their convention, and make Dean the leader of the party. Both sides would be better off without the fringe.

Update III Eben Crawford let me know about this picture of a little boy holding a “Thank God for 9/11” sign. Get them while they’re young – no doubt one of Phelps’ many grandchildren. This group gets more disgusting by the second.

Update IV It’s been pointed out to me that not all on the liberal side of the spectrum (which is not synonymous with the Left, BTW) would agree that Moore, Soros, and Dean are moonbats. Fair enough, but in my view peddling hate is peddling hate – your mileage may vary. It is certainly true that Phelps is a much clumsier and more obvious villain than the others I’ve named.

Written by martinipundit

June 27, 2005 at 11:12 am

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