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‘God Hates England; Your Queen is a whore’, says deranged Christian group

THAT’S the message loopy members of the virulently anti-gay Westboro Baptist Church, in Topeka, Kansas, have posted on their website, ahead of their first protest in the UK on February 20.

The group plans to picket a sixth form college in Basingstoke during the staging of The Laramie Project, a play about an American youth murdered because of his sexuality.

The church from Topeka, Kansas is mainly composed of relatives of the founder, pastor Fred Phelps, who style themselves “the most hated family in America”. They are the “brains” behind the Godhatesfags website.

Pastor Fred Phelps runs into a spot of bother from counter-demonstrators

Pastor Fred Phelps runs into a spot of bother from counter-demonstrators

Their core belief – that God will punish the West for its acceptance of homosexuality – has seen them protest at dozens of US servicemen’s funerals, brandishing garish placards stating “God hates the USA” and “Thank God for dead soldiers”.

In announcing the picket, WBC said:

Some of the best Bible preaching in the history of the world came out of that dark dismal land, but now it is full of all abominations. God will shortly destroy the UK and the world, but not until they have got the plain, clear message so that they will be without excuse.

The target of Friday evening’s demonstration will be the Central Studio arts venue at Queen Mary’s College, where local gay group Freedom Youth is staging a small production of the The Laramie Project this week.

The play, which has roused the ire of Westboro followers in the past, tells the story of  a gay teenager tortured and murdered in small town America in 1998.

Shirley Phelps-Roper, a church spokeswoman, confirmed the plan but declined to say whether members would be flying over from the US or if the picket would be carried out by followers in Britain. The church has no scheduled pickets on the days immediately before or after the Basingstoke demonstration.

Phelps-Roper said:

It is the first actual picket. We have been preaching by so many means to the UK for years. The arm of the Lord our God is not shortened by oceans and things, all of which he created, and all of which he knew about when he considered these last hours of the very last days of all.

According to the Telegraph, Maria Miller, Conservative MP for Basingstoke, has contacted the Home Secretary to see what action the Government may be considering in relation to possible attempts by the Phelps family to enter the country. She condemned the church’s “highly inflammatory language and behaviour” and said the young people who had worked on the play would not be intimidated by threats.

But Ben Summerskill, chief executive of Stonewall, warned that any attempt to ban Westboro church members from travelling to Britain would just give them the oxygen of publicity similar to the attention garnered by the right-wing Dutch MP Geert Wilders last week.

Members of Anonymous, the nebulous online community that has previously organised protests against the Church of Scientology, are already planning counter-demonstrations outside the college on Friday, posts on internet message boards indicate.

37 responses to “‘God Hates England; Your Queen is a whore’, says deranged Christian group”

  1. Shargraves says:

    Fred Phelps is sooo gay. Such a pity he can’t admit it to himself and just get over it all.

    It really never ceases to amaze me how obsessed with gay sex these religionists are.

    Watched the Louis Theroux show about them, and they really are a gang of vile bigotted retards.

  2. Broga says:

    Dont ban them. These nutters will love a ban. Put them on Thought for the Day where, with Ann Atkins, they will feel at home.

  3. Stuart W says:

    Please let them demonstrate. People like Shirley Phelps-Roper, with her Dalek-like shrieking and rigor mortis grin do more to highlight how religion can addle the brain than many secularists ever could.

  4. David L says:

    I agree let them into the country. Not only will it highlight the problems of religious fundy-ism but it will also give more credibility to the support given by people to Geert Wilders.

  5. mikespeir says:

    Dang. After this, I wouldn’t be surprised if the Redcoats invade again. This time, though, we don’t have Andy Jackson.

  6. Wurble says:

    Fred Phelps has to be my all time favourite loony! I used to work in a hospital for the mentally handicapped ( back when you were allowed to call them that, I forget the current accepted terminology ) and half the patients there were capable of more rational thought than Fred. Without the support of his deranged offspring I suspect he would have been locked up a long long time ago.

  7. Buffy says:

    From what I’ve seen they love it when people fight with them, but tend to run away when they’re made fun of. Once it was gay guys engaging in a kiss in. The second time it was just a few guys with a boom box and outrageous dance moves. I’d say make them a laughing stock rather than trying to out-scream them, if planning a counter-protest.

  8. I think that family are so inbred that Fred is his own mother.

  9. newspaniard says:

    Come On!! This weak willed govenment won’t ban them. The Westboro Baptist Church purport to be christians, and therefore can do no wrong. Neither can ANY other ‘religious’ group, especially those from the arab death cult. Providing you don’t criticize a religion, the UK doors are wide open.

  10. valdemar says:

    True, newspaniard, these people’s bigotry is religious and therefore falls into that special magic category of hatred that has to be ‘respected’ by Brown, Blair and all the other flaming hypocrites. Interesting, though, to hear if David Cameron has anything to say on the matter. Other than standard Tory waffle, of course.

  11. Rozi says:

    I propose that we collectively hire a large 18 wheeler truck with a perspex see through carriage and fill it with butch, muscled gay dancers wearing only black leather man-thongs. We drive it up to where the protest is held and park in right across from where they’re standing.
    Then we cover them the dancers in olive oil (or sunflower/vegetable oil if we’re feeling cheap, we’re in a recession after all!), put on Donna Summer’s ‘I Feel Love’ and let the orgy begin! I’d love to see the look on Fred’s face when a well-hung queen is pressing his sculpted, oiled buttocks against the glass.
    Now THAT’S a protest!

  12. FrodoSaves says:

    Ha! Joke’s on him. God actually hates transparent plastic ponchos, as they remind him of condoms.

    Fred Phelps is actually wearing a giant, hooded condom. Fred Phelps is really just one giant penis.

    It’s all so simple.

  13. nullifidian says:

    Andy Armitage wrote:

    I think that family are so inbred that Fred is his own mother.

    They have a decent enough precedent in their god raping its mum and being its own dad.

  14. Me says:

    Spending so much time on the internet, and being around trolls so often, I just can’t bring myself to believe that the westboro clan are really serious.

    I mean seriously, come on. They just…. they can’t be, right? They’re taking everyone for a ride. Surely.

  15. Mike says:

    It’s an awfully long ride if they are, i think they have been at it since the Seventies. It’s just that the internet has given them a lot more publicity

  16. ZombieHunter says:

    Do they actually have members/supporters in the UK to do the protest for them??.

  17. Dr William Harwood says:

    The message that “God hates England” should be reassuring to all Englishmen/women. A country that is hated by the most sadistic,evil, mass-murdering psychopath in all fiction must be doing something right.

  18. Angela K says:

    Well said Dr Harwood. The Phelps clan dislike England but what about Scotland, Wales and NI? Perhaps Phelps and co are as bad at geography as that other religious nut, G. W. Bush.

  19. Memoriam says:

    On behalf of all sane Americans, I’m sorry. I swear we aren’t all like this.

  20. frankyV says:

    Memoriam. We know, don’t worry. You’ve got Obama now. If you want to see a British Tit see Stephen Green/Christian Voice website.

  21. valdemar says:

    Well, they’ve been banned. Not a good thing; let the loons march and rant and reason’s case becomes stronger.

  22. newspaniard says:

    What happened there? It would seem that the group have been banned after all. I still think Labour are a bunch of incompetent, cowardly twats tho’.

  23. Alun says:

    Maybe we should pay someone to get them all buggered.

  24. Talitha says:

    Brother Phelps and his wonderful family are what TRUE Evangelizing is all about.
    Their peaceful protesting has shown all world the face of REAL Christianity.
    I’m sure Mr Phelps and his family will get their “Just Desserts” on Judgment Day.

  25. Gman says:

    newspaniard they were banned stop your fecking moaning ye miserable cunt!

  26. Hugh says:

    Angela K you took the words out of my mouth.

    The headline doesn’t reflect very well on the geo-political knowledge of the headline writer.

    England is only 1 nation out of 4 which make up the UK.

  27. Joanne says:

    Newspaniard,I think our Government will ban them.I don't agree with the Phelps, but think they are entitled to their opinion.However,this Government is happy to condemn fundamentalist Christianity,but didn't have a problem with Muslims marching in London with signs saying "Your 9/11 is on its way" and "Behead those who insult Islam." Are we supposed to only tolerate Muslim fundies but not Christian ones.

  28. ruth says:

    I HOPE THAT MUSLIMS DROP A BROMP ON YOU

  29. Barry Duke says:

    Quit shouting, sugarlips. It’s RUDE!

  30. ruth says:

    barry where do you live? who is sugar lips

  31. Barry Duke says:

    I was referring to you, Ruth. I live in Brighton, East Sussex. Any more questions? Oh, I have one question for you: what’s a BROMP?

  32. ruth says:

    barry i live in south wales it means bomb what do you think about the most hate family in usa

  33. ruth says:

    i hope the muslim drop a bomb on the most hate family in usa and the duggars

  34. wayne says:

    G.W foote(in his mouth) is now burning in hades,while his body is dust in the ground.you have one life,live it for GOD,not yourself,for then you make yourself a god,and a rival to GOD almighty.over 20 years ago,i was living for anarchism(class war,sheffield anarchists)until i took the time out to pray,i found GOD,and am not looking back….yippeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!

  35. wayne says:

    it’s great to see all thiose ‘passengers’ being prevented from sonically polluting homes all over the country due to a active volcano in iceland…but is it true? i see sunshine,blue skies,and white clouds(occaisional) over sheffield!

  36. wayne says:

    i see popey is saying that his “church” should repent for sex abuse scandal.the whole lot of them should repent of thier sins wholesale,and get back to GOD.religion cannot save a soul,niether can a ‘culture'(custom).only GOD can do that,and for that,he sent JESUS,as a final unblemished SINLESS AND CEAN PURE LAMB to be sacrificed to atone for our sins.all those who call on JESUSshall be saved-and them only.live forGOD,not yourselves.

  37. Barry Duke says:

    Nurse, I think Wayne needs his medication. Now!