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Now This Is Just Sad…

Jim Burroway

January 31st, 2008

Fred Phelp’s Westboro Baptist cultists were all set to jump into the spotlight with a promised high-profile protest of Heath Ledger’s funeral. There’s just one problem. They don’t know where it is:

For misguided reasons you are hiding the body of Heath Ledger, and refusing the divulge the time, date, and place of his burial in Perth, Australia, so that we at Westboro Baptist Church cannot attend — in respectful proximity — and conduct a religious service. …

… Please tell us the time, date and place of Heath’s funeral in Australia. Thank you.

That was Monday, January 28, and I guess Westboro’s engraved invitation still hasn’t arrived. So yesterday the Phelps moved to Plan “B”:

WBC will soon launch a new Website — titled GodHatesAustralia. Watch for it.

Doesn’t it just break your heart?

Update: Sadder still. As the commenters have noted, the Phelps clan sent out their second press release, but they neglected to do one very important thing: they didn’t register the domain name. Click on GodHatesAustralia.com, and you see this:

Correction
There has been recent statements in the media that godhatesaustralia.com was registered recently by the Westboro Baptist Church. While their intention may have been to register godhatesaustralia, they were too late. Love thy neighbour.

The dancing bear is a nice touch. Poor Westboro. They just can’t get a break.

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a. mcewen
January 31st, 2008 | LINK

perhaps they should have said “pretty please with sugar on top.”

woulfe
February 1st, 2008 | LINK

They may have to use a different web address. The domain name godhatesaustralia.com has already been registered by someone in Australia.

Willie Hewes
February 1st, 2008 | LINK

*laughs long and loud*

…and conduct a religious service?! Is that what they call it?

I’m glad, last thing anyone needs at a funeral is their religious servicing.

Gab.
February 1st, 2008 | LINK

Couldn’t a couple of australians “tell” those morons where the cermony is to be held? (say, in some hard to get to/accessible by pedestrians only, highly dangerous place, far from civilisation and hospitals, (and far from his or anyone elses burial place, except maybe their own in the near future)).
If nothing else, it would make their resources even smaller….

(how could they afford it anyway with a >$12 million
fine to pay?)

Emily K
February 1st, 2008 | LINK

http://www.godhatesaustralia.com/gha/gha.html

hahaha!!! I LOVE this. This Australian registered the domain as soon as they found out WBC was going to do it. Nothin’ but a dancing bear and a note signed “…love thy neighbour.”

Regan DuCasse
February 1st, 2008 | LINK

As IF, the WBC is entitled to know anything about where ANYONE’S funeral is so that they can disrupt it and torment the attendees?

I think our government needs to rethink free speech and expression.
Pestering, tormenting, provocation and imposition couldn’t possibly be protected speech. The free expression thereof poses a threat to those who can’t restrain themselves from doing so.
Why should anyone restrain themselves from pummeling these people if not knowing how to leave somone in peace isn’t on their radar?

Is self defense protected expression from the likes of the Phelps? Has to be.

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