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March 20, 2009

Six-letter word too complicated for fundies

by Feòrag

United Kingdom: Fred Phelps appears to not understand what is meant by the word "barred" and seems to believe that being banned from entry to the UK means that he will be able to picket a school in north east London next week.

A row broke out at George Tomlinson primary school in Waltham Forest, north-east London, earlier this month when some parents pulled their children out of lessons planned for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender history month. The school used books on homosexual relationships, in one case between two male penguins.

Members of the Westboro Baptist church in Topeka, Kansas – which has been the subject of a Louis Theroux television exposé – say they will picket the school next Friday afternoon.

Odds on, they're bullshitting to get attention, but we can dream of seeing them led away in chains and chucked into a detention centre before being deported on a plane chartered from Ryanair and full of drunk football fans.

What I don't understand is why Phelps is not allowed to enter the country, but another preacher of hate, with pretty much identical views on homosexuality, has been invited to visit the UK by the government.

Anti-gay US Christians threaten to picket London primary schoolThe Guardian, 20th March 2009.

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1: Posted by: Blake Kirk | March 20, 2009 8:24 PM

The Westboro Baptist folks can be more than a bit obtuse at times. But what they may be trying here is sending people who haven't actually been barred from entering the UK. They have several different little travelling road shows of protestors who go from place to place spreading bile and venom. And they may simply be assuming that a second mob can get entry where the first didn't.

Of course, it would help if they didn't announce their plans so publicly and so far in advance.

But, like I said, they can be a bit obtuse...

2: Posted by: Red Wolf | March 20, 2009 10:25 PM

I lean towards "bullshitting to get attention". If they can't see them shelling out the cash for a trip to the UK even if they weren't barred.

There was a lot of drivel about a recent protest in Melbourne, but as their list of upcoming protests included local venues, it would not have been possible for them to be in multiple places at once with any real force.

3: Posted by: Greg. Tingey | March 21, 2009 2:28 PM

What's the odds that, IF Ratzi comes to this country there WILL be some pretty nasty protests, and not just from the "pink" brigade?
I would imagine one or two jews might want a word with him about Bishop Williamson.
And others about his vile church's behaviour over lifesavers in Brazil, as well ....

4: Posted by: DragonSlaveII | May 19, 2009 5:23 AM

Simple enough:

The Pope, no matter his Bigoted ideas, will get into a that country because

1. his inflammatory comments aren't often in a forum that invites brawling in the streets from even people of his own general faith.

2. pagans are not in control of the government.

3. of how many Catholics are in Britain vs. "Members of the Westboro Baptist church in Topeka, Kansas".

4. he rides in o the coattails of a previous Pope that was well-beloved.

5. the outrage over him being banned would be far greater than the outrage of those who want him banned.

5: Posted by: Feòrag | May 28, 2009 5:35 PM

DragonSlaveII@4: My problem is that, of the two named preachers of hate, one has been banned from the UK, and the other invited to visit the UK. I'm not suggesting the Pope be banned -- I don't think Phelps should be either. But I also don't think that taxpayers' money should be wasted on hosting either of them.

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