Well, according to the crazy mother fuckers from the Westboro Baptist Church anyway.
I’m sure you all know who these guys are by now. These are the mean pieces of shit that picket the funerals of soldiers with their “God Hates Fags” signs. They think that every natural disaster is caused by God to cleanse us human beings of our sins. But their hate isn’t just targeted towards their American brethren. They’ve got their eye on the rest of the world, too. They’ve got their eye on me, and the rest of my fellow Australians.
We’ve been a target of their hate for quite some time now. When a series of devastating bushfires spread through the state of Victoria in 2009, an event now known as the Black Saturday bushfires, over 150 people were killed, and many more peoples lives and homes were destroyed as a result. It was a horrible, disgusting event that deeply hurt our great nation. But according to Fred Phelps and the Westboro Baptist Church, it was our fault (apparently gay people had something to do with it, I don’t know how the minds of these fucking idiots work). Check this out:
Absolutely insane. But it doesn’t end there. Remember this incredibly talented and sadly missed actor?
Of course you do. Heath Ledger, the Australian born mega-star tragically passed away in 2008 when he was just starting to produce his best work (I mean, come on, how incredible was his performance as The Joker?). I’m assuming due to his leading role in Brokeback Mountain, when his funeral was held in Perth, Western Australia, some members of the Westboro Baptist Church dragged their filthy arses here to picket his funeral. It can’t get much more disgusting than that!
It was a big enough topic for the Australian version of 60 Minutes to tackle. Here’s the full piece, for some extra Westboro craziness:
Thankfully, we’re a country built on a larrikin attitude, and we’re smart enough to not let the Westboro Baptist Church have the power here that they would like. For the most part, they’re ignored, but sometimes, we can make fun of them as well.
The Chaser’s War on Everything was a satirical comedy show produced by the brilliant Chaser team that ran here between 2006 and 2009. The show tackled virtually everything, from low-brow dick and fart jokes, to intelligent pieces that tackled Australian politicians, a visit from then American president George W. Bush (performing a stunt that very nearly got them thrown in jail), and so on. They even had time to tackle our friends, the Westboro Baptist Church.
Amazing. And we need more stuff like this. The more we make fun of, or even better, ignore, these dirty cunts, then the less we’ll have to deal with them. They only have the power they do because of the attention we give them, right, Dear Reader?
But here’s where things get a little tricky. And please, hear me out before you think I’m too crazy. There is a small part of me that almost admires these guys. The bible is full of some crazy fucking shit, it’s true, and most people who believe in the bible pick and choose what parts they want to apply to their lives because of this. That’s fine. But the Westboro Baptist Church? They have the intestinal fortitude to stand by the horrible things written in the bible 100 percent. They feel that sinners should burn in hell. They believe that the plagues and pestilence brought upon people in the Old Testament are a good thing, and should be applied today. And they’re waiting for the Rapture! Oh, man, are they waiting for that Rapture! They couldn’t be more excited. They have the balls to stand by their beliefs, despite the fact everyone else in the world tells them they’re nuts. You have to respect that, just a little, right? I completely disagree with their beliefs, but I do understand them. And as long as America has free speech protected in the Constitution, they should be able to continue their ranting. And we should all be allowed to continue to tell them to go fuck themselves.
For more on the Westboro Baptist Church, please check the excellent documentary from British film-maker Louis Theroux (pictured above) The Most Hated Family in America, and its follow-up, America’s Most Hated Family in Crisis. And of course, check out the Wesboro Baptist Church’s website, godhatestheworld.com (that link will take you straight to the Australian section of their site). Happy reading!