Oh, how we’ve all missed you, Westboro Baptist nut-jobs. It’s been…well actually, not very long since you’ve picketed your way into the national spotlight, considering you protested the World Series just over a month ago. But now that the attention has waned from your stadium-side rantings, here comes another opportunity to annoy us all once more. An actor’s funeral.
Yes, the misguided religious zealots will be protesting at the funeral of Paul Walker, who was killed in a car crash at the age of 40. Walker starred in the “Fast and Furious” franchise, and the Westboro weirdos believe he should burn in hell for it. At least they’re switching up the routine this time — those absurd anti-gay rants were starting to become a bit boring. If you’re going to thrive on shock value, you need the element of surprise on your side.
So what are the Baptists bitching about now? Apparently, Walker “taught a nation to be fast & furious.” I’m not sure what that means, but I don’t think making sense matters much to the Westboro crowd.
Church members have already spewed a vicious string of tweets, saying things like “The furious God cut off Paul Walker! Thank God for His condign wrath! WBC to picket funeral!” and “Paul Walker had a duty to live sober, righteous, godly #HeFailed #InHell Wants YOU to heed our warning (Luke 16).”
The Westboro Baptist Church earned notoriety in 1998 for picketing the funeral of Matthew Shepard, a homosexual student brutally murdered by bigots in Wyoming. They’ve also picketed funerals of gay soldiers, wielding signs reading “god hates fags.” That lovely slogan is also the name of their website.
Oh yes, they’re also oddly happy about the train derailment in New York yesterday that killed four people. One tweet read, “We wash our feet in their blood.”
So are these folks really that bitter, or is this all just a ploy for attention? If we start to ignore them, will they go away? Maybe this is the last article of mine they deserve.