The alleged humans that make up Fred Phelps’s little world of madness demonstrated outside of Sidwell Friends School in Washington, the place where President Obama’s daughters go to school.
Westboro Baptist Church, founded by Fred Phelps and made up mostly of Phelps family members, has garnered national attention for carrying signs such as “Thank God for 9/11” and protesting at funerals, including that of Matthew Shepard, the student who was killed in 1998 because he was gay.
They believe that the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, as well as the ensuing wars and even the mass shooting last week at Fort Hood, are punishment from God for tolerance of homosexuality. They plan to picket the Fort Hood memorial service this Tuesday.
The group, which is not affiliated with the Baptist church, protests nearly every day in Washington, D.C., rotating around the city. According to their web site, today they plan to hit a few more local schools and the White House, and will be at the Sidwell Friends Lower School tomorrow afternoon.
“Quakers?! Are you frigging kidding me? You pretend to be all non-violent, and you allow the most bloody, deceitful, evil, murderous bastard and his shemale sidekick to place their satanic spawn within your four walls?” reads the posting for today’s protest at Sidwell Friends, which is a Quaker school.
Ellis Turner, the associate head of school at Sidwell Friends, tells TPM the school took no action to remove the protesters, who were across the street.
“We support the First Amendment here, so there was nothing we wanted to do about it,” he said. “There was nothing they did other than offend those who didn’t agree with their bigoted viewpoints.”
From a Quaker school, Mr. Turner’s response was pretty harsh.
Meanwhile in other examples of religious bigotry and paranoia, the American Family Association — whose name is as ironic as The Democratic People’s Republic of North Korea — suggested that Muslims be barred from serving in the military unless they can prove that they’re not radicals. AFA’s Director of Issues Analysis, Bryan Fischer wrote,
It it [sic] is time, I suggest, to stop the practice of allowing Muslims to serve in the U.S. military. The reason is simple: the more devout a Muslim is, the more of a threat he is to national security. Devout Muslims, who accept the teachings of the Prophet as divinely inspired, believe it is their duty to kill infidels. Yesterday’s massacre is living proof. And yesterday’s incident is not the first fragging incident involving a Muslim taking out his fellow U.S. soldiers.
Of course, most U.S. Muslims don’t shoot up their fellow soldiers. Fine. As soon as Muslims give us a foolproof way to identify their jihadis from their moderates, we’ll go back to allowing them to serve. You tell us who the ones are that we have to worry about, prove you’re right, and Muslims can once again serve. Until that day comes, we simply cannot afford the risk. You invent a jihadi-detector that works every time it’s used, and we’ll welcome you back with open arms.
This is not Islamophobia, it is Islamo-realism.
Fine, as long as this idea is applied to all religions. After all, Timothy McVeigh served in the US military before he blew up the federal building in Oklahoma City, and he was a Christian.
In the spirit of Mr. Fischer’s last paragraph, I’d like to come up with a foolproof way to identify religious fanatics who spout bigotry and ass-hattery against other people based on their religion or their sexual orientation or skin color so that we can keep them from giving other people the impression that they speak for all faiths. Until that day comes, we simply cannot afford the risk. You invent a bigoted-bullshit-detector that works every time it’s used, and we’ll welcome you back with open arms.