In Times Of Trouble

Can we talk about the Westboro Baptist Church for a minute… and then never talk about them again?  Because that is about how much of our time they deserve, and that is being generous. If you have recently discovered the internet and do not know who these folks are, don’t bother looking them up. Just know that they are not Baptists, at least not like any Baptist I have ever known, and they are using the word church pretty loosely, too. They may legitimately be from Westboro, but I’m not going to give them the satisfaction of getting Googled. For the sake of this blog I will refer to them now as “the hate group”, because they are, in fact, the very description of a hate group. From Wikipedia (not a source I normally quote, but they include their own sources here):

hate group is an organized group or movement that advocates and practices hatredhostility, or violence towards members of a race, ethnicity, religion, gender, sexual orientation or other designated sector of society. According to the United States Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), hate groups’ “primary purpose is to promote animosity, hostility, and malice against persons belonging to a race, religion, disability, sexual orientation, or ethnicity/national origin which differs from that of the members of the organization.”[1] The Southern Poverty Law Center‘s (SPLC) definition of a “hate group” includes those having beliefs or practices that attack or malign an entire class of people, typically for their immutable characteristics.

The hate group wasted no time this week letting America know that they would be picketing the funerals of the victims of the bombings in Boston. Of course. We all saw that coming, right? Not because it was a particularly heathen event rampant with homosexuals and pagans, but because it is a tragedy and where there is tragedy there is shock and outrage and emotional response. That is all they want from us. Our attention and our money. You know how they get their money? Lawsuits. Because death, especially death amidst tragedy, brings our emotions to the surface and pushes our self control down where we usually keep our ugly feelings. I’m a decent person and I rarely wish harm on others and I would still like to see the piss beaten right out of one of their leaders. Literally, just gut punch the guy until he pees. I can’t even imagine how the bereaved present at picketed funerals control themselves. Thank goodness for the peaceful “anti-protesters” that have come forward to help the families at these times. Several motorcycle groups, plain clothes first responders and other citizens create a human blockade to keep the hate group out of funerals. It is proof that Patton Oswalt is right.

Patton Oswalt from Twitter

Patton Oswalt from Twitter

 

We know now that where there is tragedy there will also be hate. The hate group will announce there plans within hours of every tragedy. It will be tweeted and shared and posted on Facebook and shared some more and the anger will grow. I’m asking you to stop. Do not share the angry updates, only share the plans to protest their protests. Consider the hate group a moment. Their every day is filled with hate for humankind and hopeful anticipation of the next tragedy. They don’t deserve our attention, they deserve nothing more than our pity. Moving on…

I had just logged on to Facebook Monday when Wil Wheaton posted, “This is just horrifying.”  I refreshed my newsfeed, waiting for the news and there it was, several accounts of what had just happened in Boston, followed by a few more posts speculating about why it happened.  The ground in Boston was still shaking and the internet was already formulating theories. At that point, for all we knew, it could have been an accident. We had NO knowledge, and yet the keyboard ninjas were already busy making memes to remind us, in case you don’t have any pompous, hip, “non-conformist” friends to tell you already, that the mainstream news only covers sensational news stories and they often do so to cover up things the government doesn’t want us to know about. I believe our media outlets have gone astray, they don’t report news so much as sensational entertainment pieces, but I don’t think they’re out to get us. They’re just bad at their jobs.

Luckily, with a houseful of kids I have a good excuse not to follow the news all day. Fear mongering, random public figures and even more random bystanders speculating with little to no evidence followed by politicians pointing fingers and more fear mongering does not fit into my schedule. I do however check Facebook for updates from time to time and the amount of speculation and photoshopped bullshit is enough to send anyone to a padded room to fingerpaint kittens and rainbows. My friend Jeff posted something on Facebook today that needs to be shared. Tell your mom. Tell your friend that keeps posting that stupid video. Tell your kids if they’re old enough to be online.

“Seriously. Not everything is some big fucking false flag conspiracy with planted victims, subterfuge, and public manipulation via media. It astounds me that some people believe every photoshopped falsely captioned image that’s passed around on Facebook, every batshit crazy talk radio DJ vying for ratings to keep those sponsor dollars coming in, and every slanted “news” outlet that tells them what they want to hear – which is that their paranoia is justified and that makes them some kind of independent-thinking iconoclast that sees through the lies and fights for truth and justice instead of some poor misinformed soul that’s completely full of shit. We all make our own truths sometimes but, for fuck’s sake, there are observable intrinsic truths of the world. Two of them being: Most things are EXACTLY what they seem, and people for the most part are inherently good. Even people in the government, believe it or not. Don’t tell me to “wake up” when you’re the one fucking dreaming. Of course we should question everything. Especially those who tell you to question everything.” -Jeff Stone

Do a favor to the family and friends of the victims and stop belittling their tragedy by saying it wasn’t real. These are real people, really hurting, with real funerals to attend or real medical bills to pay and real injuries to live with. And I have to wonder, if no one is really dying in these tragedies. whose funerals are the hate group protesting?

Just… give it a rest. Wait for more facts to come in. Let the shock wear off. Let the families heal. Let the nation breathe. Let it be.

 

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2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Monica Jertson Cateron
    Apr 17, 2013 @ 19:15:17

    WELL PUT my friend. well put……

    Reply

  2. A.J.
    Apr 19, 2013 @ 13:31:17

    Well said!! 🙂

    Reply

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