Let's put away all the snark and BT-ass-kicking for just a moment and bask in the reflected glow, shall we?
Even without a conflict, they claimed victory.
That was the prevailing attitude yesterday among hundreds of Winnipeg residents who lined a Westwood street in hopes of keeping a zealous U.S. religious group from rallying outside the funeral of Tim McLean.
As the life of McLean -- who was stabbed to death and beheaded aboard a Greyhound bus July 30 west of Portage la Prairie -- was celebrated at Westwood Community Church, an estimated 400 to 600 supporters of his family lined adjacent streets for hours to keep watch for any appearance by members of the Kansas-based Westboro Baptist Church.
"None of us are just going to stand around and let this happen," Steven Hughes said outside the church on Westwood Drive.
As my grandmother has always said "Show me your friends and I’ll show you who you are" ... so you can take your mouthbreathing, hatemongering, homophobic, twisted bullshit, fold it neatly into a point and shove it, Fred.
It has no place in modern society and it damn sure has no place here in Canada where we judge a person by who they are, not what they are. You might want to keep that in mind the next time you think about heading across the 49th parallel.
I’m just sayin’.
H/T to regular commenter Noni Mausa for the email.
ON THE OTHER HAND ... CC here, and I don't want to downplay LuLu's sentiments above, but I want to draw folks' attention to this comment from a few days back. Because, honestly, while I'm not saying I buy completely into that alternative perspective, I have to admit that it does seem to explain a lot of things.
Think about it -- while the world is full of homophobic, Bible-whomping wingnuts, the Phelps clan takes this to jaw-dropping extremes, to the point where it simply doesn't make any sense. Even if you hate gays, what kind of weird logic does it require to think that protesting at the funerals of fallen troops or murdered Amish schoolgirls is getting that message across? And on top of that, think of the expense of gathering a bunch of your fellow wingnuts and paying your own way up to Canada. For what?
Simply dismissing the Phelps collective as a bunch of Christian whackjobs doesn't strike me as a satisfactory explanation. But if you look at their actions as their way of making a good living out of subsequent litigation, well, that starts to make things seem almost logical.
Note I did say "almost."