Say what you will about the Westboro Baptist Church brigade, but they certainly do a good job of representing the lunatic fringe, eh?
A site called Addicting Info, which has a cool weekly feature named the Top 5 Stupid Things Pseudo-Christians Said This Week, recently reported that WBC was targeting a concert by legendary Canadian rock band Rush in Kansas City on July 9. The WBC quote in that article:
“RUSH, the cursed God-haters who hail from the doomed land of Canada finally made the cover of Rolling Stone after 41 years. Yes, that same sodomite-loving Canada that passed draconian laws making it a crime to preach the gospel! What does this have to do with the rock band RUSH, you ask? Inasmuch that they have a platform, of any kind, they should have been boldly outspoken against the grievous, national sins of Canada: same-sex marriage, sex trafficking & the outlawing of gospel preaching. In addition, Toronto is their hometown, famously known for its rabidly proud fag community.”
In a later report, Addicting Info says the WBC folks did show up and behaved like they typically do — i.e. deranged types in a Monty Python skit (no, Addicting Info didn’t use Monty Python as an example).
WBC members picketed, and they tweeted out their usual gibberish, and it seems a good time was had by all of them — because, really, you know the WBC folks get high on doing this sort of thing, especially if they get some mainstream media coverage. I actually couldn’t find any mainstream media reports about this, so Addicting Info and LGBT Perspectives reports will have to suffice for now.
Addicting Info says one fan wrote this: “They (WBC) showed up. All was fine. The police even showed up, and were keeping them tame. All the RUSH fans were just snickering at them… ”
And then there was the lesbian couple who held a kiss-in in front of the picketers.
And that’s really what WBC is all about, eh? They are masters of the Snickerfest — because everywhere they go, people snicker at them — and they also inspire same-sex couples to kiss in public.
Indeed, I have always suspected that Westboro Baptist Church folks are a travelling comedy troupe working to advance LGBT rights by portraying some pseudo-Christian types as the outrageous bigots they truly are, and by inspiring same-sex love-ins.
But why were the WBC folks targeting Rush, of all people? Well, they purportedly don’t like the band’s song Freewill — which the band didn’t even play that night apparently.
The chorus in that song goes like this:
You can choose a ready guide in some celestial voice
If you choose not to decide, you still have made a choice
You can choose from phantom fears and kindness that can kill
I will choose a path that’s clear
I will choose freewill
But while most people ignore reports of the Westboro Baptist Church’s antics and others laugh at them the same way some pot smokers laugh at early U.S. propaganda film Reefer Madness, Addicting Info isn’t laughing.
The last word on this goes to writer T. Steelman from his Addicting Info report (which you should read): “As a liberal, a Rush fan and a writer for this esteemed website (Addicting Info), I just couldn’t ignore (Westboro Baptist Church). Because they are ugly; and their ugliness needs to be on display every time they show it. Whether it’s at a concert, or a trial, or — goddess help me — a funeral, they need to have the spotlight shone brightly on the twisted, spiteful thing that they call Christianity. It’s not. It’s hate. And we must always denounce it.”
— Jillian Page, LGBT Perspectives editor
“Let harmlessness be the keynote of your life.” — Alice Bailey