?

Log in

No account? Create an account

Previous | Next

Westboro Banned

Westboro Baptist Church members banned from the UK. Hmmm. I don't think I like this. Foul as Phelps & co are, they're not violent, and I don't think they directly incite violence, as far as I know. I can't help thinking the Home Office have only done this because of the Geert Wilders controversy last week, so that they can claim some kind of consistency.

Freedom of speech is supposed to be a founding stone of our democracy. Let 'em in, let us laugh at them and counter-protest. Silencing them just makes them into martyrs.

I can't help wondering if Shirley Phelps-Roper is actually joking when she says "Unless they intend to begin checking the bare backsides of every person coming into that country to find that tattoo that says 'Property of WBC' - they will have no way of identifying who is from WBC." I expect she is, but...whoa. Also, her interview with the Telegraph is great. I particularly liked this bit:

. So we go to the place where the Laramie Project is playing and you look at us, then you look at the so-called "counter-picketers" and the young people that you have taught that they can live like the very devil himself and it is JUST FINE, because even though the Bible CLEARLY says that God HATES people and it is a perfect hatred - a determination to send the UNREPINENTANT to hell for ever.


God hates people? Good to know!

Comments

dibsy
Feb. 20th, 2009 03:45 am (UTC)
I can understand the point of this law in a pre-internet age, even though I would oppose it, but it becomes even more ludicrous now. Ideas spread faster and wider than ever before, and this is as stupid and innefective as the Wilders ban. I have no doubt that Wilders film will get greater prominence and distribution, just as the Phelp's beautifully hilarious website will be getting plenty of hits now.

The WBC is a joke, btw. It is literally a handful of lunatics who are getting ridiculous amounts of incensed coverage from the media, but in reality have no influence. Ludicrous, utterly ludicrous.

Profile

bad wolf
pickwick
Notes from extinction

Latest Month

November 2010
S M T W T F S
 123456
78910111213
14151617181920
21222324252627
282930    

Page Summary

Powered by LiveJournal.com