Today I was doing something online, (I really don't remember how it started i think from here) and I saw something about god hating shrimp. I thought that was pretty funny so I went to the website just for fun.  It pokes fun at extremists by saying "why stop at protesting gays? shellfish is a sin too!!!" It is just a joke website with a bit of a message about how ridiculous extremists can be. 

As I look into the website a little I found one called Again, I thought it was a joke website. Its not. I first thought this because it seems kinda silly right? To say something that offensive and uneducated. And on it was a little box with a label stating: # of people that god has sent to hell since you have been on this website. This really seemed rediculous to me so I started looking for a place where it would say that it is a joke website. It never did.


So I guess its real? Is it? I did not look too closely because I really don't want to be right. When I started thinking it might be real, I was not thinking about how ridiculous it is and how weird extremists are. Th e message of pure hate that the WBC is sending out made me almost want to cry. I am an atheist and therefore 'dammed to hell' and when people tell me that I am likely to engage in a debate but reading this, I could not feel any other feeling of disappointment. Disappointment within people.

Does anyone else feel this way? I just want to see your reactions to this, and want to know what you think.

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Disappointment sums it up nicely. Also embarrassment for being the same species.
Sadly, it is not a joke. The Phelps clam really is that hateful and bigoted. They're an extreme example (very extreme) of what religion can do to people.
christians against clams! literally fell off my chair laughing! = )
They are virtually one family. The live in one compound in Kansas that is comprised of four homes in town all put together. The father is hateful, angry, beats his wife and children according to his son Nate Phelps that escaped. They are deranged in the full belief that the Bible is literal. What I find particularly entertaining is that they preach it, but they aren't willing to really live it. They are not violent. In fact, some suggest that they make a living largely off of filing lawsuits against people and the cities where they are assaulted for acting this way. If they really believed, why wouldn't they take up the sword that Jesus talks about?

The interesting thing is that Shirley is really functional face of the church now. She's totally insane and indoctrinated, but she isn't stupid. She's simply a product of the wingnut that is her father.

If you are looking for fun parody that is similar, but just a joke, I'd try
It's not a joke, by far.  These are the loons who protest at funerals for American soldiers claiming that their deaths are god's punishment for American tolerance of gay people.  Totally insane.  My experience with other religious people leads me to believe, however, that WBC is just slightly more deranged.  The difference isn't as much in the derangement as in the willingness to parade it.

they're not a joke.

They're a very widely-known cult, of a family that's extremely close-knit, and follow the one father--Fred Phelps, who started this preaching of hate.


There's this documentary on youtube on them, split into parts.

they make me want to puke, but yeah, this will pretty much give you the idea of what type of people we're dealing with.

Usually nowadays you get a much larger counter-protest than anything else. I went to one in Atlanta when they protested the funeral of an Auburn University Student.

Don't worry, Grace, most of the time, the counter-protest is much larger than the WBC's protest anyway...

And sometimes, it's funny as hell, too:


Its nice to see that. Well not nice, but you get my point. I have heard of people counter protesting the funerals with signs that say really nice things and it really makes me feel better about the human race to see people come together like that. I really want to say I don't feel as disappointed but.... At least these signs were funny!
Have you not heard of these nutters?  The westboro baptist church?  Hit up youtube and search for fred phelps.  I'm warning you in advance that you'll be very much annoyed at those assholes.

If these people died in their sleep I wouldn't be one bit upset.  


(I'm not talking about the 'fags', either.)  

It is QUITE for real.  Read the wikipedia page for Fred Phelps.  It took me about an hour to carefully read the whole thing (dunno if it's been trimmed down since then, lol).  SCARY shit.
I'm not a big fan of Michael Moore, but I got a good laugh out of his "sodomobile crusade" where he brought a bunch of flaming gay guys in a pink bus to prance around in front of the WBC church while Fred Phelps was outside.  It was pretty funny.  They went on to make stops in every state where anti-homosexual activity laws are still in the books.


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