Westboro Baptist: Bringing Bigotry to a Location Near You
The Rev. Fred Phelps of Westboro Baptist Church may be a frothing looney, but he seems just as drawn to Florida's balmy winter days as any Jersey snowbird. Based in Kansas, Phelps has achieved fame for blaming just about all the world's ills on gay people (his website, godhatesfags.com, is a compendium of fear and loathing). Phelps makes a semi-annual swing through South Florida -- his latest was last May, when Phelps and company arrived to protest at local churches like Calvary Chapel in Fort Lauderdale, a heathenish haven of homosexuality.
But this week, Phelps will be back in town to pick on Jews and terrify schoolchildren.
One of today's protests, scheduled to take place at Seminole Ridge High School in Loxahatchee, will dispense this cheerful holiday message to the little tykes, according to the Westboro website's picket schedule:
WBC will do our duty to your children and come tell them a few facts, to wit: A) Your parents hate you; B) They and your teachers/instructors have lied to you from a real young age; C) You have no jobs in your future; D) Obama hates you; E) You will eat your babies. You know that future they keep telling you about - well FORGET ABOUT IT!
The Westboro troupe plans to be everywhere at once, just like the Holy Ghost, picketing simultaneously in Miami, Coral Gables, Palm Beach Gardens, Boca Raton, and West Palm over the next few days. We'll try to catch up with them tomorrow morning, when they'll be staging their passion play outside the Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County. Westboro demonstrators plan to debut a "special song" there that Phelps has composed for the occasion, to be sung to the tune of the Beatles' "Come Together:"
(filthy Jews....) Here come old Hebrew, he got vile affection He got false religion, He got bad intention God say - You get the land, if you obey Me If you don't a hissing and a reproach you'll be (filthy Jews.....)
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