The West Virginia Gazette did a story about this week's scheduled protests (Thursday through Saturday) in WV by Fred Phelps and the nut-logs from Westboro Baptist Church. According to the God Hates Fags people, God caused Monday's Massey Mine explosion because apparently the folks in the Mountain State are too tolerant of fags. (WTF?) The article goes on to say that the Charleston Chamber of Commerce printed up a few thousand posters saying "West Virginia is no Place for Hate!", to be given out for free to anybody who wanted to take part in counter-protests, which is pretty freaking awesome for a non-political organization to do!
The posters are going like hot cakes and the Chamber has had to print several hundred more to keep up with demand. The Phelps protests are scheduled at various locations around the capital city, including the capital building itself and a local synagogue and university. Church groups, student groups and civic organizations have rallied together to stand up to the Phelps klan, so if nothing else, the community is more united than ever because of these hateful people.
In a related story, Westboro will also be protesting in Blacksburg, Va. today at three sites near rthe Virginia Tech campus. WDBJ7 reports:
Members of Westboro Baptist Church claim God cursed Tech and sent the shooter on April 16th, 2007. The group informed the town they'll be at three locations: outside the Jewish Community Center, along Main Street and in front of Blacksburg Middle School. A positive counter demonstration is set for noon at the Graduate Life Center Plaza. Blacksburg Police say they've done extensive planning to protect everyone. Extra officers will be on duty.GodHates EveryoneExceptForUs.com. The article made no mention of the fact that this is a satirical site poking fun at Westboro by making even more outrageous and over-the-top statements than Phelps could even dream of. You know how much I love anything over-the-top.
News7's Justin McLeod has learned Morgan Harrington's father plans to be there Friday. The family has heard Westboro Baptist Church plans to be there because of Morgan Harrington's death. Her father told News7 by phone Thursday he has seen posters on the group's website involving his daughter that he finds appalling and disturbing. Morgan Harrington is the Virginia Tech student who went missing after a Metallica concert at UVA's John Paul Jones arena in October. Her remains were found several months later in a field just outside of Charlottesville.
When you visit the site you'll find a bio of the fictitious founder, Pastor Ben Bigots who allegedly grew up with Phelps with whom he has been engaged in a life-long competition to see who is more hateful and intolerant.
This is how Eastboro explains their purpose on their site:
Good evening gentle friend.Check it out if you need some comic relief after all the intensity of standing up for equality. We all need to take a breather sometimes.
Welcome to the Eastboro 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 different from us."
"GOD HATES EVERYONE EXCEPT US" -- though elliptical -- is a profound theological statement, which the world needs to hear more than it needs oxygen, water and bread. The three words, fully expounded, show:
the absolute sovereignty of "GOD" in all matters whatsoever (e.g., Jeremiah 32:17, Isaiah 45:7, Amos 3:6, Proverbs 16:4, Matthew 19:26, Romans 9:11-24, Romans 11:33-36, etc.),
the doctrine of reprobation or God's "HATE" involving eternal retribution or the everlasting punishment of most of mankind in Hell forever (e.g., Leviticus 20:13,23, Psalm 5:5, Psalm 11:5, Malachi 1:1-3, Romans 9:11-13, Matthew 7:13,23, John 12:39-40, 1 Peter 2:8, Jude 4, Revelation 13:8, 20:15, 21:27, etc.), and
the certainty that all impenitent “people who disagree with our beliefs” (under the elegant metaphor of "EVERYONE EXCEPT US" fueling the fires of God's wrath) will inevitably go to Hell (e.g., Romans 1:18-32, 1 Corinthians 6:9-11, 1 Timothy 1:8-11