Ever stumble across something so vile it completely ruins your day in a freakin heartbeat?
No, I don’t mean shit like ‘Two Girls, One Cup’ for those with their minds in the gutter.
I mean the charming opinions of enlightened thinkers like Shirley Phelps-Roper, the daughter of Fred Phelps, and Megan Phelps, Freddie’s grand-daughter
For those unaware, Fred is the self-appointed head of the Westboro Baptist Church, one of the most notorious
hate… sorry… “religious” groups in the United States.
He’s the brainiac behind the website godhatesfags.com. He’s perhaps most famous for picketing the funerals of members of the military and homosexuals.
And now he’s proclaimed that God sent the shooter that seriously injured Gabrielle Giffords and killed 6 people this week in Arizona, including 9-year-old Christina Greene.
Apparently this little girl deserved to die at the hand of a potentially mentally disturbed gunman
Lets not waste words – these people are E-vil (capital E) zealots, hiding behind their religious freedoms and the right to freedom of speech. And, incidentally, anyone who uses their own freedom of speech to call the WBC out on their outright lies and hypocrisies? They’re accused of hiding behind (and I quote) “fag speak”.
And to tie alllllll this back in to my headline… does Evil have a Twitter feed?
Of course it does! It has several!
Check out Shirley here…
And Megan here…
Margie Phelps here…
Jael Phelps here…
And the list goes on and on and on.
You’ll need to check in periodically with these Twitter feeds, dear reader, if you want all the latest details on how the Phelps family and WBC followers plan to picket the funeral of Christina Greene this week.
You can read wayyyyyyyy more about the Phelps family with a few simple Google searches. Go on – it’ll be the most depressing 20 minutes of your life.
And that 20 minutes of research should be more than enough for any sane person to realize there ain’t much that we, as creatures of rational thought and logic, can do to help the WBC. You can’t reason with hysterical bigots this far gone. You can’t attempt any kind of meaningful dialogue. It’s probably best we follow the advice of Lisa Simpson in a Treehouse of Horror ep, and “Just don’t look, just don’t look”.
With that being said, the internet has given everyone (for better and for worse) a voice, to be shouted out from the rooftops… no matter how stupid the thoughts or opinion that voice espouses (look at this blog for example). We cannot bar the Phelps’ from the entirety of the internet any more than we can bar child pornography, or Justin Bieber music videos.
But Twitter… ?
I know so little about actually using Twitter that I’m going to just throw this out there: can anyone really just open an account and spout the kind of hate-fuckery these people do on a daily basis with no real consequences? Do you not get shut down sooner or later by some account administrator for tweeting about God’s wrathful vengeance being invoked upon children like Christina Greene? Is there any kind of line that cannot be crossed, that will not be tolerated?
What point is too far?
Is it when you stop using whatever tools you have at your disposal to spout hate-mongering propaganda, and start marching on Poland?
I’m genuinely curious.
Interested to hear your thoughts,