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Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Sharing the Good News of Utter Despisement

America's favorite spiritual family, Fred Phelps' Westboro Baptist Clan, came to Silverton, Oregon on Monday, November 24th, 2008, spreading the good news that God hates Silvertonians (having earlier visited Portland and Tigard to share the news that the lord cannot stand Portlanders and the country of Finland). The Mayor of Silverton (Stu Rasmussen) is transgender, and that ticks off the deity but good. Alas, the Lord had other commitments and could not deliver His condemnation in person: instead, He who is the One True God chose to delegate the job of sharing His bellicosity to one man and three young women from Kansas who had some free time. The God of the Israelites is one mysterious dude, and His hiring practices are opaque. He is nothing if not the King of "Go Figure."

As part of God's plan to splash wee-wee all over our national symbols, the good ladies of Westboro stood upon the flag of the United States, in a symbolic act believed to have something to do with wearing extremely patriotic shoes.

And in case you didn't already know:

To their unmitigated shame, the Silvertonians responded by smiling and displaying their own signs...

A point is made:

A response was forthcoming:

It was grand fun while it lasted, but the Westboro Baptists had miles to go before they slept, they waved goodbye and off they schlepped...

and some say they heard Jesus, who most surely wept...


UPDATE: A Silvertonian shares his perspective on the day's events.

UPDATE UPDATED: The Oregonian reported on the festivities.


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