After the death of their charismatic leader Fred Phelps a few days ago, one would think that Westboro Baptist Church might be ready to call it a day, take down the "God Hates ________" signs, and head home.
But perhaps not.
We reported here yesterday that the group is as defiant as ever about their being right about your sorry soul, and the rest of the world being wrong about everything. In a statement following Fred Phelps death, the group said:
"Listen carefully; there are no power struggles in the Westboro Baptist Church, and there is no human intercessor – we serve no man, and no hierarchy, only the Lord Jesus Christ. No red shoes, no goofy hat, and no white smoke for us; thank you very much.
And for those who are truly the enemies of God – ordained of old to such a condemnation – we pray his righteous wrath and vengeance, wherein we rejoice."
The "red shoes, goofy hat, white smoke" references seem to be aimed squarely at Catholics and the Pope, a group they have not been shy about taking on in the past. They have a website called Priests Rape Boys, and have called Pope Francis a "false prophet".
But Catholics aren't the only target of the Westboro gang. Everybody knows about their hatred for gay and lesbian people ("God Hates Fags" is their mantra). But they are equal opportunity haters of (the links below are all set to open in new tabs, click away and try not to laugh):
… and pretty much every other church out there.
It looks like the Westboro folks should have plenty to keep them busy for some time to come, what with gay marriage gaining traction in many states and all. Now, if they can just find another massively offensive leader.
Image via Westboro Baptist Church blog