The Wesboro Baptist Church of Topeka, KS has built their sterling reputation for batshittery by engaging in a continuous nationwide-tour of biblical homophobia, protesting the funerals of soldiers, productions of Rent, schools named after Walt Whitman, and any variety of high profile events that have nothing to do with homosexuality.
As I’ve written before, the Phelps Family Circus aims to be offensively outrageous in order to provoke a response from local authorities, which then gives Westboro the legal justification to sue for the violation of their 1st Amendment rights. In that sense, they are essentially self-perpetuating scam artists.
I’m guessing they’re beginning to find that people have grown tired and blasé about their “god hates fags” routine, so tomorrow they plan to protest in front of the Consulate General of Israel in Boston. Because, you know, the Jews killed Jesus Christ and all.
Fred Phelps and other members of the family cult have made racist and hateful comments about Jewish people before, and even protested the opening of the US Holocaust Museum in 1996. Demonstrating in front of an Israeli embassy or consulate is something new for them, however.
For obvious reasons, Israeli diplomatic outposts maintain tight security, so I would guess the Family Phelps is fishing for a basis to sue the Jewish nation. Westboro has announced that their message for the Jewish people is to “REPENT OR PERISH,” which isn’t the type of threatening sentiment Israel tends to take lightly.
The WBC will be at the Israeli Consulate tomorrow from 5-5:45. Continue reading for the loony tunes announcement about the protest:
Consulate General of Israel in Boston – Jews Killed Jesus! 20 Park Plaza Jews Killed Christ, to wit: 1Thesalonians 2:13 For this cause also thank we God without ceasing, because, when ye received the word of God which ye heard of us, ye received it not as the word of men, but as it is in truth, the word of God, which effectually worketh also in you that believe. 14 For ye, brethren, became followers of the churches of God which in Judaea are in Christ Jesus: for ye also have suffered like things of your own countrymen, even as they have of the Jews: 15 Who both killed the Lord Jesus, and their own prophets, and have persecuted us; and they please not God, and are contrary to all men: 16 Forbidding us to speak to the Gentiles that they might be saved, to fill up their sins alway: for the wrath is come upon them to the uttermost. When the Lord Jesus returns in power and glory, these which are contrary to all men will be very, very sorry. Meantime, our message is clear – REPENT, OR PERISH to those who are the elect remnant (i.e. one of those 144,000) of Israel. AMEN!