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Westboro Baptist Church Gets In the Music Game 54

Posted by samzenpus
from the Jesus-can-read-my-poker-face dept.
The people who picketed the funerals of dead soldiers and brought you such charming websites as "God Hates Fags" are getting into the music business with their single, "Whorish Face." The parody of the Lady Gaga hit "Poker Face" was written by Westboro Pastor Fred Phelps' granddaughter Megan Phelps-Roper. With all the trouble these people have caused already do they really want to face the fury of Weird Al?

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Westboro Baptist Church Gets In the Music Game

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  • Why do we give these people the time of day?

    • by Locke2005 (849178)
      This is Amerika, where you are entitled to your beliefs, no matter how unenlightened they may be, as long as you don't hurt anyone else. Personally, I feel that protesting at funerals DOES hurt innocent people, and that the best way to deal with these these "latents" is to show up at their rallies and engage in every sort of Public Display of Affection allowed by law in front of them, all the while smiling and telling them "we love you, brother!"
      • Eh as much as I hate these people, I'm glad to see them still alive and hating. As long as they get to spread their hateful rhetoric, I can be quite sure no one is going to threaten my free speech. The oppression always comes at the fringes first.

        • Also, the lunatic fringe is helpful in innoculating the rest of us from the related, milder forms of crazy.
      • This is Amerika, where you are entitled to your beliefs, no matter how unenlightened they may be, as long as you don't hurt anyone else. Personally, I feel that protesting at funerals DOES hurt innocent people, and that the best way to deal with these these "latents" is to show up at their rallies and engage in every sort of Public Display of Affection allowed by law in front of them, all the while smiling and telling them "we love you, brother!"

        They don't just protest. A friend of mine was driving with his sister when he came across a bunch of Westboro protesters. His sister leaned out the car window and shouted a suggestion to them (no, not that, just to "go home to mommy"). Weeks later, he got a call from a police department on the other side of town. His car had been reported as causing a hit-and-run accident. The cops investigated and found the allegation bogus. The Phelpsies had filed a false police report to get back at their "enemy",

    • by conureman (748753)

      These guys may hang with the Lunatic Fringe, but they know what to say to get to their target audience. And the News seems to really cater to the Fringe Fans, heck, I've gone to watch a wildfire myself.

    • I do hope that the Westboro people realize that they are putting themselves in a dangerous position by their protests. One of these years they may get on the bad side of people who have guns and know how to use them.

      • Given their tendency to picket soldier's funerals, I'm glad the Patriot Guard Riders are level-headed. Nothing says "America Disagrees With You" like 100 Harley riders carrying flags standing between you and the people you're trying to bother. I'm not an American, but people like the PGR make me think that the spirit that made that country great still lives on.
        • by v1 (525388)

          Even though they're loaded with blanks, it would be quite amusing to see where someone getting a 21 gun salute, for the soldiers suddenly all swing and take aim at the picketers and make them piss themselves while scattering as the guards shot at them...

  • Because we need someone to look crazier than Scientology & PETA?
  • They've made parodies before. For example, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A_U4xrutRgs [youtube.com] entitied "God Hates the World" which is a parody of a Michael Jackson song. One thing that is fascinating about this sort of thing is how most cults are completely removed from the surrounding culture. In the case of Westboro Baptist they are surprisingly knowledgeable about the general popular culture.
    • God hates the world? (Score:2, Interesting)

      by operagost (62405)
      No. John 3:16 "For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.

      Maybe they really want Romans 12:2 "Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is--his good, pleasing and perfect will."
      I suppose they get their theology from 1 John 2... but God's asking us not to love the world. That's not the same as him
      • by Locke2005 (849178) on Tuesday January 12, 2010 @07:05PM (#30744206)
        Unfortunately, there is enough ambiguous content in the bible that you can get almost any interpretation you want out of it, if you go into it with already strongly held beliefs and an intent to do so.

        Personally, I believe God Loves Homosexuals (that's we he made so many of them!) and that Jesus, who was known for hanging out with and comforting the outcasts of society, would have had no problem with embracing someone whose sexual preferences were in the minority. Although the bible contains several proscriptions on homosexual behavior, the usual example cited (Sodom & Gomorrah) is a bad one, since these cities were destroyed for allowing the practice of homosexual rape, not mere homosexuality.
        • by operagost (62405)

          Unfortunately, there is enough ambiguous content in the bible that you can get almost any interpretation you want out of it, if you go into it with already strongly held beliefs and an intent to do so.

          I just quoted examples that aren't.

          I won't comment on your second argument, other than to say that in order to accept it you must accept that homosexuality is a natural state, like skin color or being deaf. If you consider homosexuality a chosen behavior (like drug abuse), then it's flawed.

          • by clarkn0va (807617)
            And furthermore, there is a difference between hating a person and hating their actions, hence the saying "love the sinner, hate the sin". I strongly disagree with the statement "God hates fags", while maintaining that the bible's condemnation of homosexual acts is ever relevant.
        • Sodom and Gomorrah is, I suppose, the passage of choice for those who want to convince you that God is about to fry you for disobedience of His law, but it's by far not the only place in the Bible that addresses homosexual behavior. Read it with an open mind, and I believe it's obvious (although by no means a major theme) that homosexual behavior is outside of God's will (and therefore sin - missing the mark).

          But, like I mentioned, homosexuality is not a major theme of scripture. The Bible has WAY more to s

      • Just look around you (and a little further than your comfy backyard), see what kind of world he supposedly created.

        • by operagost (62405)
          He didn't create most of the crap as I see it around me.
          • by sznupi (719324)

            Who then?...

          • by vxice (1690200)
            Thats right he only created what was good. Someone else created the bad stuff right? Convenient that neither are available for comment but they are there trust me. Just like we trusted the priests that Zeus and his lot controlled everything. Although in their defense they didn't even pretend like the gods liked everyone and instead just had petty little playground fights between each other.
          • by tomhudson (43916)
            So god is NOT sovereign? We kind of figured that out already, but thanks for agreeing.
      • by dsavi (1540343)
        If you look in the Bible as you have done you will find that the whole deal is incredibly unbiblical. Their whole system works on provocation, something that was not taught in the Bible, as stated in a post before this they made their own "Conservative Bible" (The Bible explicitly condemns adding or taking anything away from the Bible), and then there's their horrible misconceptions about hate. The list goes on.
      • The difference may be in the definition of “world”. On the one hand, God loves the “world”, i.e. people, and we are to love our neighbours, etc. On the other hand, 1 Jn 2:15-16 says that we should not love the “world”, then goes on to clarify that it is referring to certain aspects of civilization, not the people:

        15Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. 16For everything in the world—the cravin

    • by sznupi (719324)

      ...and yet they are still somewhat detached, don't you agree?

      Nothing new or unexpected really, every new cult (also those we call major religions now) is like that at the beginning.

    • by conureman (748753)

      I've seen a little cult action up-close, and the Leadership has always tried to act VERY hip. I remember sitting down with Kristina Seher and "restoring" some old Rock Standards [Think "Weird Pat" Robertson doing The Beatles], up at Boonville. It helps to indoctrinate folks if you get 'em singing.

  • I'm the last person to stick up for them, but they're just doing what they think is right. Of course I think they should be added on to the list of terrorists. I don't care about their beliefs and I don't agree with their morals and what they do. They teach their children to hate the homosexual which for all we know may be just as natural as skin colour. Extremists in all forms are dangerous. It's where we draw those lines are important. All peoples have the right to believe what ever they want. It's not t
    • by Nathrael (1251426)

      Calling them real Christians is like calling Al-Queda real Muslims. It's offensive to those who actually use their faith in a positive well mannered way.

      No true Scotsman, eh? I love how people keep rejecting the idea that there are jerks and saints in pretty much *any* organization out there...

      • No true Scotsman isn’t always a logical fallacy. Sometimes it’s a statement of fact.

        For instance, no true atheist believes in god.

  • Such a charming display of simple faith ... her daddy is her preacher, you know, and I'm sure that she spends all her days desperately trying to make da-da happy. But daddy is stern like the patriarchs of old, and somehow she's never quite good enough. So it's over the knee and down with the panties .... whap! whap! whap! ... "You're not good enough for daddy-god!!" ... spank! spank! spank! ... "You'll have to do better if you want to make daddy-god happy!" whap! whap! ... "now get down on your knees girl

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