The Westboro Baptist Church. Typing that gave me chills. These people, they are actually scary. They say that they’re “God-fearing” and they “love” people so much that they feel it is their duty that their lifestyles are going to send them to hell. These “church-goers” and “religious people of God” are picketing funerals of soldiers. They carry signs that say “God hates America” and “Don’t worship the dead.” ARE YOU FUCKING KIDDING ME?! I can’t even explain this, I can’t understand it; this hatred, this animosity. It isn’t natural, it shouldn’t be natural to anyone. I get that everyone has their own views, I fully understand that. I just don’t understand how THIS is anyone’s view or religion or whatever the hell you call it. This hatred actually blows my mind.
I am watching these YouTube videos, “America’s Most Hated Family” and it’s an 8 part series of 8-9 minute videos, and they’re about the Phelps family, who are the main components of the WBC. Documented by Louis Theroux, he follows the Phelps family around and tries to understand their lifestyle – a feat which I feel would be hard for anyone.
I know I am not the eloquent speaker and/or writer, so please bear with me. I am kind of probably going to be all over the place, and kinda sporadic so sorry to everyone reading this!
I’ve said it already in this post, but I don’t understand the hatred. And the picketing. I really don’t understand the picketing. I don’t understand going to a 9 year old’s funeral to picket her death. “In January 2011, Westboro announced that they would picket the funeral of Christina Green, a 9-year-old victim of the 2011 Tucson shooting.” I don’t understand flying to Chicago to picket the funeral of a soldier. A soldier, who, BY THE FUCKING WAY, gave his life so that they could live free and not in fear in their country of America. I DO NOT understand picketing the funerals of the children who were killed in the Sandy Hook Elementary school shootings. But apparently, picketing these funerals is okay. Obviously they died because God wanted them too, according to the WBC. According to these people, God chooses people who deserves to die, so the WBC can just go and have it off picketing their funerals. How much more fucking disrespectful can you get?
Jesus was a Jewish man. Jesus loved EVERYONE. Jesus was love, Jesus spread love, Jesus wanted everyone to be loved.
I say that I am a “Christian”, but honestly, if this is what religion is like, I don’t think I want any part of it.
At one of their pickets, Theroux asked a 5 year old girl if she knew what her sign “God hates fags” meant .. And she said no. SHE SAID NO. She had no idea what her sign meant. It’s horrible that this is what children are being taught, that this is the generation that is being raised.
Okay seriously, I had such an educated, thought out, planned, LONG post in my head before I started typing all of this, and now it’s gone. Good job Teghan. You’re like a cat distracted by a red laser point.
I wonder how the WBC feels about fat people like me? Or people with piercings, tattoos, or whatever! I don’t understand the judgement brought down on people who are not members of the WBC.
Pretty much what I’ve understood from watching these YouTube clips is that if you aren’t part of the WBC, you are going to hell. If you are gay, you’re going to hell. If you are any other freakin’ religion, you are going to hell.
There’s a part in one of the videos where a very angry bystander walks up to the Phelps family as they do one of their daily protests, and she absolutely loses her shit on them, screaming and swearing and asking why they have ANY right to judge people and to speak on behalf of God. I gotta say, I agree with her. This girl, she was so visibly angry she was to the point of tears and she was shaking. I felt for her, and I felt with her, because I don’t understand. I don’t understand the judgement and the hate and the bigotry. At one point when she goes to walk away, she is yelled at that they feel sorry for her because she has been raised to worship Satan, and obviously her parents never loved her if that’s the case. Seriously? I’ve never asked my mom why I wasn’t around a constant church setting, but I’ve got a pretty good idea it was because she didn’t want me to become brainwashed like these people. And honestly, I see that as love. She didn’t want me to become something horrible and repulsive, so I wasn’t raised around that life. To me, that is love. If that means I have been raised to worship Satan, then so be it. Thanks mom. Thank you for letting me choose my own path, my own religion, my own goddamn life.
The young girls, girls my age, talked about when they burned the Quran outside the funeral of a Muslim man from their town who had died, and there was a man outside who was yelling at them. The next week, this mans’ wife passed away the next week from cancer. According to the WBC, his wife’s death was an act of God, because this man did not burn the Quran with them. Fuck. Right. Off. Seriously?! I can’t even describe how angry this makes me! When the girl, Jael, talks about burning the Quran, she calls it an “adulterous piece of trash” and that burning it was the respect it deserved, and while she was doing so, she could barely keep eye contact with Theroux – I took this to mean she knew what she was talking about was wrong, and what they had done was wrong. After she finished her little uneducated speech, Theroux says to her, “wow, there was so many things there that were offensive, that was amazing.” AND SHE LAUGHED. She laughed in his face, like she didn’t even care. How hurtful and disrespectful. How horrible. Ugh. I can’t even think right now, I am seeing red.
Libby Phelps is the granddaughter of Fred Phelps Sr., the Pastor of the WBC, and she left the church, and was disowned by her family. Her mother and father stated that if she was to come back and repent, she would be welcomed back with open arms, and they’d love and accept her again.
Lauren Drain is the daughter of Steve and Lucy Drain, a couple who came to document the WBC, and they ended up staying because they decided it was a religion they wanted. Eventually, she left, she moved 1000 miles away and got a house and a job. Her family disowned her too, and in her fathers words, “I don’t miss her. Why should I miss her? She was a liar.” I may not be a parent, and me being a parent may not ever happen, but I can sure as hell tell you, and the last time I checked, you did NOT stop loving or missing your child because of a lifestyle they chose, or a church they left. How horrible. Your child is the one person you love more than life, more than anything. These people are not parents – they are like a jail.
On May 14, 2008, two days after the deadly 2008 Sichuan earthquake, WBC issued a press release thanking God for the heavy loss of life in China, and praying “for many more earthquakes to kill many more thousands of impudent and ungrateful Chinese”. What the actual fuck people? Really? SERIOUSLY?! That’s horrible. I honestly feel like these people have never read the Bible. God doesn’t just want people to die just because. Natural disasters aren’t God’s punishment, “just because” He (or She, honestly at this point I don’t know what I believe), feels like it, or is bored. That is absolute, 100%, BULLSHIT.
In one of the videos, a follow up, Jael is wearing a football jersey. Really? Cool. Well, Megan, you’re going to hell, because football is a sin. Throwing around the pigskin is a sin. Have fun. 🙂
When someone doesn’t believe in God anymore, Heaven and Hell no longer exist – so someone who doesn’t believe in God isn’t going to Hell. Sounds like a good deal to me, to be straight with ya. Really, the Bible was written over 2000 years ago. How up-to-date and real can it be now?
I really don’t know what else to write – I feel like I’ve drug this on long enough, and been more repetitive then I needed to be, so again, sorry everyone!!