In what has regrettably become an all-too familiar occurrence in America, the virulently mephitic members of the Westboro Baptist Church have announced that they plan to picket the funerals of those killed in yesterday's bombing attack on the Boston Marathon in an apparent attempt to make the actual perpetrators of the attack seem like decent human beings by comparison. They will fall short in this effort, should they even decide to follow through on their threat, but by golly, they are going to give it their best shot, if their Twitter feed from yesterday offers any indication.
Westboro Baptist kept up this charmless social media assault throughout the day yesterday, like blithering idiots.
In recent months, two of the granddaughters of Westboro's leader, Fred Phelps, have left the group, because what a way to waste your life. In a statement offered on Feb. 6, sisters Megan and Grace Phelps-Roper stated, "We know that we've done and said things that hurt people ... Inflicting pain on others wasn't the goal, but it was one of the outcomes. We wish it weren't so and regret that hurt."
One hates even to give the nonsensical antics of the Westboro Baptist Church oxygen, but it's worth doing if only because wherever these bell-ends travel, communities of decent people typically come out in force to manifest elaborate displays of niceness. Westboro's plans to picket a funeral in Newtown, Conn., was thwarted outright when several groups turned out to oppose them.
I hate to break from family-friendliness here, but it should be said that it's only natural to read about the people of the Westboro Baptist Church and think, "Wow, these people are assholes." But that is unfair to assholes, which serve a useful purpose. If anything, the followers of the WBC lack them. Which means you know what they are full of.
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