I Visited Westboro Baptist Church

DAY 114: For years they have intrigued me. I’ve watched their interviews and demonstrations on TV and YouTube. They travel the world, hailing from the innocuous center of Kansas and America. They call themselves Baptists — supposed believers of the same Jesus I follow. As I park my car in a Topekan residential area, I approach 12th Street with a distinct shudder. NO TRESPASSING signs adorn their fences. GOD HATES AMERICA drapes down from their wall. FAG MARRIAGE DOOMS NATIONS, another sign reads. I am visiting the one and only Westboro Baptist […]

Inhaling Grace: Reacting to Fred Phelps’ Death

According to a recent USA Today article, Westboro Baptist Church’s Fred Phelps is “on the edge of death.” In another article, Fred Phelps’ estranged son further reports that his father had been recently excommunicated from the very church/cult he founded. A man rejected by his own hate group, now facing death’s doorway mere months later? The whole thing is just bizarre. While many will undoubtedly cheer the death of a man who singlehandedly made GOD HATES FAGS an infamous “thing,” I find […]

Westboro Baptist Church Freedom

Westboro Baptist Church fascinates me. Though not a perfect metaphor, I liken this fascination to that with colorful characters on Survivor. And by colorful, I basically mean despicable. I’m looking at you, RUSSELL HANTZ. For those unfamiliar, Westboro Baptist Church lies at the geographic center of America: Nowheresville, Kansas. The church was started by Fred Phelps, and much of Westboro’s members consists of his family, with some vagabonds sprinkled in there too. For years, I’ve watched interviews and read articles […]

The Weekend WOW: Westboro Baptist Freedom and Ridiculous Valentine Bears Edition

Throughout any given week, I strive to share ridiculous hilarious inspiring enlightening topical things on my Twitter. At the end of the week, I like to condense the very best of Internetdom into a WOW-tastic post I call The Weekend WOW. And what a WOW-tastic week it was, indeed. Just in time for Valentine’s Day. + WOW what a ridiculous commercial: Vermont Teddy Bear’s “Big Hunka Love Bear.” This thing is pure epiK. I first saw the commercial at the gym this week. […]