i hope the syphilis eating away at fred phelps’ brain doesn’t kill him too soon, because he’s a goldmine of unintentional comedy

The world’s best IRL trolls strike again: Westboro Baptist Church to picket George Carlin’s funeral. Or at least they’re threating to; but if Carlin’s funeral is going to be held any significant distance away from Kansas, they might back out. Much like they threatened to picket Heath Ledger’s funeral, then realized that after getting sued for $11 million dollars they couldn’t scrounge up bus fare to Wichita, never mind plane tickets to Australia.

I’m not sure which part of this press release is more hilarious:

  • the repeated reference to Carlin as a “potty-mouth”–what are you guys, 3 years old?,
  • the accusation that Carlin was both an agnostic and an atheist,
  • the stern “God will not be mocked!” bullshit, when God waited more than 70 years to strike Carlin down,
  • or the revelation that Keith Olbermann and Jerry Seinfeld will also eventually wind up in hell.

I know a lot of people hate the WBC, and I used to be one of them, but it’s pointless to hate them, really. They have no influence at all; any conservative politician with ambition beyond County Animal Carcass Removal would never–even if they privately agree with them–publicly endorse them, because they’re too pants-shittingly insane for even the GOP. They’ve done way less damage to the LGBT community than groups like Focus on the Family or Concerned Women for America, who have power and money. Wasting time and effort to silence the WBC is totally couterproductive.

It makes more sense to just view them as unintentional comedy, and laugh at their stupid antics. They hate and fear your laughter much more than they do your hatred, believe me.

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