What makes you pitiful

So it’s come to this: Westboro Baptist Church — which is hardly a church and not all that Baptist — pickets a One Direction concert at Sprint Center in Kansas City.

Westboro pickets 1D

Inevitably, there was a counterdemonstration:

Westboro pickets 1D

Photos by Jennifer Taylor Johnson, who said this was “the last thing I expected to see.” Trust me on this, Jen: Fred Phelps ain’t nothin’ but a publicity hound, cryin’ all the time.

Addendum: The Phelps-Heads are also scheduling an “event” for the funeral of Cory Monteith, a member of the cast of Glee, prompting these remarks by Tyler Vendetti:

It was unexpected and tragic and the people that are left to mourn his death, his family and friends, should not have to deal with a group of insensitive extremists that grossly misrepresent the teachings of the Bible in order to perpetuate their own vile beliefs. By allowing them to continue their practices, we as a country are giving them permission to target others for their differences and to inflict emotional distress on whoever they deem unworthy.

We’re also giving them permission to become a national punchline, an object of ridicule, the butt — in the butt, Fred! — of jokes. Westboro has earned its irrelevancy; the opportunity to remind them of it every time they open their mouths is their one and only, um, saving grace.


  1. McGehee »

    20 July 2013 · 9:50 pm

    Giving them permission? Giving them permission??

    Hey Vendetti! READ THE FARGING FIRST AMENDMENT! It’s not there to protect popular speech!

  2. Mark Alger »

    20 July 2013 · 11:36 pm

    Indeed, McG.

    And, reciprocally, I am permitted to say that doesn’t the very existence of fags imply that God hates Fred Phelps?

    He is, after all, the creator of all of us. Right? That means he made the fags Phelps is so on about.


  3. Roger Green »

    21 July 2013 · 6:30 am

    I’ve been to a couple counterdemonstrations. It’s fun! But he HAS been a joke for a long time.

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