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[Season's Greetings from Westboro Baptist Church]

Want to witness a religious circus this holiday season? Look no further than the third floor of the state capitol in Olympia.

A controversial Kansas church known for blaming American casualties in Iraq on nationwide tolerance for homosexuality has asked the state for permission to erect a sign stating that "Santa Claus will take you to hell."

The sign would join a Christian Nativity set, three signs mocking atheism, and the one that started it all - the sign from the atheist group Freedom From Religion whose message that "religion hardens hearts and enslaves minds" sparked a furious nationwide debate over the nature of atheism and the boundaries between church and state.

According to the Spokesman Review, the text of the Westboro Baptist Church's message would read:

"You'd better watch out, get ready to cry, You'd better go hide, I'm telling you why 'cuz Santa Claus will take you to hell. He is your favorite idol, you worship at his feet, but when you stand before your God He won't help you take the heat. So get this fact straight: you're feeling God's hate, Santa's to blame for the economy's fate, Santa Claus will take you to hell."

The Phelps Family, Seattle Post-Intelligencer 35 Comments [12/19/2008 4:04:49 AM]
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They should let them put it up. It will only serve to make Phelps, and Christianity, look that much more ridiculous...plus the sight of a hate filled message like that right next to the pro-atheist sign would be very delicious irony.

12/19/2008 4:20:16 AM



Since when do atheists worship Santa?


Since when is he an ATHEIST figure!?

12/19/2008 4:20:57 AM


In a sense, a repeat.

12/19/2008 4:21:42 AM


Wait, wait, wait. Are you saying this church is saying Americans dieing in Iraq are the cause of homosexuality, or homosexuality is the cause of Americans dieing in Iraq? Either way, both are unpatriotic and you should GTFO of America.
And now they want to erect a sign that says "Santa Claus will take you to hell."?
And they are using that ridiculous fundie song?
These guys do a damn good job of making themselves look bad.

12/19/2008 4:23:25 AM


I am now convinced that you CAN sell your soul to Santa.

12/19/2008 4:24:59 AM


Case proven!

"Religion is but myth and superstition that hardens hearts and enslaves minds."

12/19/2008 4:28:46 AM


Extended repost, still batshit, and I am so fucking annoyed by this whole to-do over a fucking SIGN. It's a SIGN. If your faith is so weak as to be threatened by the very idea of, "gee, maybe there isn't a god" you should re-examine your position and philosophy instead of BAWWW-ing about "persecution" and "sin" and throwing a fucking tantrum over it. Get. A. LIFE.

/Still in WA
//*STILL* not amused.

12/19/2008 4:57:06 AM


Sort of a repost. I still say that Westbro is getting lazy.

12/19/2008 4:57:26 AM

Sgt. Obvious

Meh, the Futurama version was better.

12/19/2008 5:21:16 AM


You try to inspire free thought and all you get are idiots overrunning your forum.

Just like the Intertubes.

12/19/2008 5:30:44 AM


I actually thought this was funny.

12/19/2008 5:38:47 AM


This is exactly why you don't allow religious displays on government property.

12/19/2008 5:50:54 AM

Atheist Amy

I really think the Westboro church family has gone off the 'fundie' chart and onto the 'just fucking loony' chart.

It sounds like fundamentalism, but I really think they've just lost their collective marbles. (That is assuming, of course, they had any to begin with.)

12/19/2008 5:51:49 AM

Malkavian Jeff

"I'm telling you why 'cuz Santa Claus will take you to hell."

Wow! Instead of Fantasy vs. Reality, it's Fantasy vs. Fantasy.

For once, I think the phelps family are actually entertaining.

12/19/2008 6:36:47 AM

G. Fieendish

Re: PokeWithStick's post
And that's why when old Freddie dies, & if the Dantean version of Hell exists, He's going to end up in the 9th Circle, frozen in a block of ice up to his neck, staring at Satan for all eternity, for his treason to his country...
Basically according to Freddie, because god deplores Homosexuality, & the U.S by contrast tolerates it, God is therefore punishing the U.S for the above, by various acts, including the death of U.S Servicemen in Afghanistan & Iraq...
He's tried to picket the funerals of various servicemen, with the result, that the families of the deceased, that mr Phelps has targeted, now have to hire "minders" to stop his church members from "attending" the funeral services.
In addition, legal injunctions have been filed against Mr.Phelps several times, banning his church members from going anywhere near the funeral site...
Rumours persist if he keeps trying this little stunt, the servicemen's fellow mourners, namely his comerades in arms, might have difficulty "restraining themselves" from committing certain acts, in self defence of course, on Mr Phelps & Co...

12/19/2008 7:56:19 AM


Phelps is a coward, as well as everything else. He only pickets funerals when he knows the cops will be there to protect him. They turned up at one funeral out in the boonies ... and there were no cops ... or any other likely impartial observers ... and the Phelpses ran for the hills.

I say stop giving Phelps the attention he so pathologically craves.

12/19/2008 8:37:43 AM

I was born tomorrow

I second Sgt. Obvious

12/19/2008 9:17:15 AM

Mrs. Antichrist

Ten bucks says that Fred Phelps was irritated that someone else was getting attention in a religion-related matter, and decided he had to out-do everyone else in this whole ridiculous drama.

Seriously, he's a real-life troll.

12/19/2008 9:28:27 AM


Phelps is a coward who makes himself look ridiculous in hiding behind his equally ridiculous religion.

12/19/2008 9:31:09 AM


And fuck you too.

12/19/2008 10:46:48 AM


Every 10th post on FSTDT is a repost nowadays.

12/19/2008 12:30:26 PM


I knew these fuckers would show up on the scene. If anything proves the Atheist sign correct, it's the Westboro Baptist Church.

12/19/2008 12:58:10 PM

Reverend Jeremiah

LOL, and they say it was the atheist sign that started it all.like that nativity scene came second.

I say let the Christians put it up, its their first amendment right.. if we have a public forum for religion then let them do it.

12/19/2008 2:26:29 PM

Keizer O

Ahhh... it was getting quiet around the west-boro's, good to see they're still alive and kicking (after all, they're a friggin goldmine for this site). No one takes em serious anymore anyway, so this is just funny&cute

12/19/2008 2:36:16 PM

Pule Thamex

Those poor Phelps children. Imagine having a raving lunatic for a father, it must've been like hell on earth for them.

Belief is a stupid thing.

12/19/2008 2:59:15 PM

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