Friday, May 23, 2008

For the pipes of the Lord have spoken it

By Capt. Fogg

You know the "reverend" Phelps and you've heard about the Westboro Baptist Church, which consists mostly of his family. They're the creeps who picket military funerals with "God hates fags," "Thank God for 9/11" and "thank God for dead soldiers" banners and tell mourners their lost sons and daughters were killed by God because our country doesn't actively persecute homosexuals.

They appeared in Stuart Florida today to picket a Memorial Day ceremony honoring, as we do on this holiday, the fallen in our many wars: it wasn't a good choice of venue. Local motorcycle clubs, which in this area include many, many veterans, pledged to turn out and they did, the distinctive rumble of V twin's rumbling up East Ocean Drive past the county courthouse and to the band shell and park where the array of white crosses was set out in the 92 degree heat.

Interviewed by the local paper, some tattooed and leather-wrapped bikers expressed their support for freedom of speech and for a country that allows such vermin to exercise it. Like Michelle Obama, I felt really proud for once. There was no violence, just words and signs blaring "don't listen to these idiots."

Asked by a reporter whether he liked what the "church" was doing today, a Phelps offspring of perhaps 5 years of age replied "yes" and "because it makes the Lord happy." like most opinions about what makes God smile, there was no evidence for it.

Whether or not God hates homosexuals or kills soldiers of countries that fail to punish them is something no one can know, but oddly today a drought of many months was broken in the city of Stuart by a heavy tropical thunderstorm, and the rain fell hard enough to bring a man to his knees; pouring down on the crosses, on the Phelps family, on the protesters and veterans alike, drowning the hate slogans of the Phelps', while thunder roared like Yahweh in his glory, blipping his throttle into wide open pipes.

Cross posted from Human Voices

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Blogger expatbrian said...

I'm a little surprised and even sad that Phelps and his hateful band of racists and homophobes didn't suffer at least a little physical abuse. Expecially at a Memorial Day event.

Perhaps the nice gun totin' folks from Butler, Missouri should have been invited.

Very nice post, Fogg. And pleasant Memorial Day weekend to you and yours.

8:32:00 PM  
Blogger Capt. Fogg said...

I'd rather they didn't suffer anything that would give them an additional platform to scream about religious persecution from.

A nice bolt of lightning would have been enough.

There are enough people packing around here. We don't need the Show Me State to show us nothin'!

8:54:00 AM  
Blogger rockync said...

Ignoring them over overwhelming their pathetic little picket line in a peaceful manner I think is a much better way to drown out their message. Then they can't cloud the issue of their hatemongering with some sort of ill perceived persecution. These people really make me want to puke. Good job bikers for their restraint.

3:57:00 PM  
Blogger Libby Spencer said...

Phelps is crazy. But I love the symbolism of the rain storm.

11:55:00 AM  

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