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Dec 16 2012

At least Westboro is intellectually honest

I have more respect for the Westboro Baptist Church – barely – than I do for disingenuous fools like Mike Huckabee and Bryan Fischer, who beat around the bush when it comes to school shootings because even they realize that the implications of what they’re saying are too repulsive to be stated openly. Consider Mike Huckabee’s simultaneous backtracking and doubling-down on his earlier remarks:

…it’s far more than just taking prayer or Bible reading out of the schools. It’s the fact that people sue a city so we aren’t confronted with a manger scene or a Christmas carol. That lawsuits are filed to remove a cross that’s a memorial to fallen soldiers. Churches and Christian-owned businesses are told to surrender their values under the edict of government orders to provide tax-funded abortion pills. We carefully and intentionally stop saying things are sinful and we call them disorders. Sometimes, we even say they’re normal. And to get to where… we have to abandon bedrock moral truths, then ask, “Well, where was God?” And I respond that, as I see it, we’ve escorted him right out of our culture and we’ve marched him off the public square, and then we express our surprise that a culture without him actually reflects what it’s become.

To Huckabee, it is a “bedrock moral truth” that LGBT people are not even “disordered” but sinful, that businesses providing insurance to their employees ought to be able to pick and choose whether those employees can have their birth control covered, and that the government should provide its official stamp of approval to the Christian religion. And when we no longer regard sexual minorities as abnormal and condemned by God himself, we’ve somehow created an environment conducive to the mass killings of children. In the twisted mind of Mike Huckabee, LGBT rights and women’s rights and the Establishment Clause are part and parcel with school massacres. Either we side with Huckabee’s God, a God that hates gays and contraception and secular government while also supposedly providing some measure of protection from tragedies, or we must accept the inverse: gaining our freedoms at the cost of children’s lives, which Huckabee’s God allows murderers to take freely. Where was God? Oh, he would have helped out somehow, if only we’d kept paying our dues of misogyny and homophobia and theocracy.

It doesn’t sound so “rah rah God and country, amen!” when you put it that way, does it? But that’s what Huckabee means. Hate the queers, crush women’s reproductive freedom, disrespect the faith of everyone who’s not a Christian, or God will let your children be gunned down in their schools.

Contrast that with the Westboro Baptist Church, who share this opinion but make no effort to hide it whatsoever. To them, the shooting was a direct act of God to punish an insufficiently homophobic nation, and they’re ready to tell the world. No evasions. No prettying it up. No circuitous, long-winded explanations to try and dance around what they really mean to say. They just say it: God sent the shooter. God hates fags. God will kill your children because you accepted gay people. So deal with it.

They’re all scumbag religious vultures feeding on the still-warm corpses of children. But it’s even more insulting that some of them would try to disguise themselves as anything other than the revolting, merciless opportunists they are.

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  1. 1
    Argle Bargle

    You’re right. The Westboro cult is honest in a way that Huckabee and Fischer aren’t. They’re all preaching hatred but Phelps & Family don’t try to hide their hatred.

  2. 2
    Snowshoe the Canuck

    I read via Twitter that Anonymous has posted the names and emails of the WBC group. Is there any truth to that?

  3. 3
    Argle Bargle

    Snowshoe the Canuck

    Google is your friend.

  4. 4
    Some Old Programmer

    WBC are flat-out grief parasites. They feed on the revulsion and notoriety they garner and, in cases where laws are passed to hinder them, commonly receive monetary damages from any infringements on their rights.

    I can only hope that an “Angel Action” will be effective; Google shows that one is being organized for Newtown.

  5. 5
    left0ver1under

    “Intellectually honest”? Wouldn’t that require they have some intellect to begin with?

  6. 6
    octoberfurst

    The crazies at WBC say what many right-wing Christians truly feel in their heart but are afraid to express it lest they be seen as monsters. But while cretins like Fischer and Huckabee dance around the issue they basically believe the same thing as the Phelps family does—that God is punishing us for allowing gays to live, for letting women use contraceptives, for allowing other religions to have a say, etc. The WBC folks are just more upfront about it.
    But I must say that I find it ironic that people who agree with religious nuts like Fischer and Huckabee mostly express total contempt for the people from Westboro Baptist Church. I wonder why? I mean, they basically believe the same things. Is it because WBC is so in-your-face about it? Tis a mystery.

  7. 7
    Buffy

    Indeed, WBC is more honest than Huckabee, Fischer, NOM or any of the others. What’s amusing is watching all of the other haters try to distance themselves from WBC. At least WBC is only out there making asses of themselves waving day-glo signs and saying nasty things. The others are actively harming LGBT people with the anti-gay legislation they promote and pass.

  8. 8
    MatthewLaboratory

    If we outlaw guns, only outlaws will have guns

  9. 9
    evilDoug

    If we outlaw pencils, only outlaws will have pencils.

  10. 10
    peterh

    Are the WBC slime “honest” or just don’t give a shit about covering their tracks?

  11. 11
    Donovan

    If Huckabee really thinks his god ordered a hit on 20 young children because people decided to treat each other with kindness and understanding when that god could have just written a message with the stars or showed in person at every house or, just maybe, not been such a bigoted fucking god, and Huckabee still follows that god, then Huckabee worships evil for fear of evil’s power like the damn coward he is.

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