Fred Phelps: May 2007 Archives

May 19, 2007

Phelps clan to help relieve famine in Africa

United States: A month ago, I mentioned an amusing parody of the Westboro Baptist Church, a version of We are the World redone as God Hates the World. Well, it turns out it really was Westboro Baptist Church, and the record company who released the original song has taken a break from harassing grannies with no computer and three-year-old children and had their lawyers send Phelps a letter.

Now, the Phelps are lawyers themselves, so you'd think they'd know better, but is seems that copyright law is not their speciality, going by their response.

The Phelps Clan responded with a letter, in which they claim their version of We Are The World is a parody, and, therefore "fair use."

And, in an earlier version of the story from the same source:

But an attorney for Westboro Baptist Church says the parody, God Hates the World, is protected under First Amendment guarantees of freedom of speech and religious expression.

This second point may be true, but it's not actually relevant. Usefully for us, 49News went and had a chat with Andrew Torrance, a law professor who specialises in intellectual property, and it seems the law is pretty clear:

He says if this case goes to court, the ruling will be determined by whether the Phelp's [sic] song is judged as a parody or a satire.

A parody is a song that pokes fun at the original version, but a satire takes an original body of work to send out a completely different message than the original version.

He suggested the only way the Phelps can win the case is if they claim it is specifically about Michael Jackson and Lionel Ritchie, who wrote the original charity song.

One matter that the story fails to address is, if the song is a protected parody, who is it parodying? Could the Westboro Baptist Church really realise that their policies and practices are so laughable that they need to take the piss out of themselves.

Phelps under fire for making music49News, 18th May 2007; Phelps under fire for changing lyrics to popular song49News, 18th May 2007.

May 16, 2007

Phelps: John 3:16 a perversion of Christianity

United States: It seems that, at some point, Jerry Falwell managed to accidentally preach a message that bore some resemblance to the recorded teachings of Jesus Christ, and that has annoyed Fred Phelps.

WBC will preach at the memorial service of the corpulent false prophet Jerry Falwell, who spent his entire life prophesying lies and false doctrines like God loves everyone.

Naturally, he concludes that Falwell must be in a well known Norwegian town, and gives his reasons. Two of them are worth repeating, the first being a bit of tedious theological hair-splitting which means nothing to the sensible.

Falwell bitterly and viciously attacked WBC because of WBC's faithful Bible preaching -- thereby committing the unpardonable sin -- otherwise known as the sin against the Holy Ghost.

Hang on, I thought that sin was specifically denying the Holy Spirit (which does not exist, by the way), not having boring arguments?

Falwell warmly praised Christ-rejecting Jews, pedophile-condoning Catholics, money-grubbing compromisers, practicing fags like Mel White, and backsliders like Billy Graham and Robert Schuler, etc. All for lucre -- making him guilty of their sins.

Ah yes, pooves. We knew they'd be mentioned soon enough. Of course, because Falwell was not fond of pooves (though he did, towards the end of his life, make the outrageous suggestion that they be treated like human beings), it makes him a hard target for Phelp's obsession with hot man-on-man sex, so the rest of his announcement makes no mention of Falwell whatsoever, just pooves. The announcement is on the home page, and will no doubt change as soon as Phelps thinks about pooves again, so here's a screenshot of the entire page (PNG, 540Kb).

WBC will Preach at Jerry Falwell's Funeral!!God Hates America, 15th May 2007 (probably).

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