Sunday, April 01, 2007

The Phelps family

Tonight on BBC 2 at 9pm there is a programme called Louis Theroux: The Most Hated Family in America .

I'm not a great fan of Theroux , but he does seem to get people to open up . He has spent three weeks with this family. I think three seconds and violence would have erupted on my part.
They make Paddy the Puritan look almost reasonable. Did I just say Paddy and reasonable ,well it is all relative and he is still a fuckwit.
I can see myself getting very abusive towards the TV tonight. I will try to sit through all of it, but seriously these people are fucked up bigots with no humanity.

Why...well here are some quotes from a BBC report :

They call themselves the most hated family in the US and they picket funerals of soldiers killed in Iraq.

(Note to the SWP,StWC, Respect and Paddy ,they are not anti imperialist , do not make alliances with them. I'm waiting for Paddy to comment on this. - SB)

The Phelps family pickets mourners across the country, to mark what it describes as God's revenge on the US for tolerating homosexuality.

Their actions are in the name of the Westboro Baptist Church, which numbers 71 and is headed by "Gramps", preacher Fred Phelps.

Louis Theroux: They're well known because of these pickets which they've been doing for at least 15 years now. The pickets weren't always of soldiers' funerals, but it got more extreme as it went on. Originally it started as pickets of places where gay people congregated - a local park becoming a cruising area which they objected to, and then when Aids came along they said it was punishment for homosexuality and they began picketing Gay Pride parades and marches and also then the funerals of people who died of Aids. And they didn't originally use offensive words like "fag". They would say "homosexuality", but then it just escalated.

I am loathe to link to their homepage , delightfully titled "God hates fags",but do check it out.Here are some quotes:

Welcome to the Westboro Baptist Church homepage. This page is dedicated to preaching the Gospel truth about the soul-damning, nation-destroying notion that "It is OK to be gay.

The only lawful sexual connection is the marriage bed. All other sex activity is whoremongery and adultery, which will damn the soul forever in Hell. Heb. 13:4. Decadent, depraved, degenerate and debauched America, having bought the lie that It's OK to be gay, has thereby changed the truth of God into a lie, and now worships and serves the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen! Rom. 1:25. But the Word of God abides. Better to be a eunuch if the will of God be so, and make sure of Heaven. Mat. 19:12. Better to be blind or lame, than to be cast into Hell, into the fire that never shall be quenched. Mk. 9:43-48. Abstain, you fools.

I look forward to meeting my fellow decadent depraved whoremongers .

They have the words up there of one of their catchy little songs . I can't cut and paste as its PDF, but check it out , one for the ipod.

Trust me, it may be April 1st, but this is not made up.

(Some pics from their website from their funeral pickets).