For those of you souls fortunate enough not to recognize the acronym WBC, it stands for Westboro Baptist Church. For those of you who are still fortunate enough not to know what that is, I assume most of you are familiar with the KKK, the Klu Klux Klan. If you are somehow privleged enough not to know what that is, buckle up, buttercup. This post is gonna be a doozy.
I pretty much assume the readers of this blog are American and thus somewhat familiar with American history. For those of you, however, who slept through history class or just aren’t familiar with this particular story, let me take you back in time . . .through the mists. . . to the year 1619.
In the year 1619, econonmics really sucked for a lot of people. So much so that people were willing to become indentured servants. Basically, they worked for room and board working off a debt, typically the price of their ticket to come to America. If I remember correctly, the typical period was about 7 years of labor. But I don’t remember where I got that from, so feel free to correct me.
People noticed that that this was a really expensive way of doing things. And, since there were other people in the world already involved in an active slave trade, 1619 brought the first African slaves to the United States. This began several hundred years of people mistreating blacks because of the color of their skin, a problem that unfortunately continues to today.
There was a bit of a skirmish we Americans like to refer to as “the Civil War” as if it was the only one in history. It was very bloody and very divisive to the point that, yes, you can still see traces of that divide to today also. After the battles were over, in a tiny little town in Tennessee, a group called the Klu Klux Klan was formed. They were most known for being truly delightful Caucasian fellows by day, then wearing white hoods so they wouldn’t be recongized while burning crosses and/or lynching their black neighbors at night.
You’ll notice that I did not mention a date when the Klu Klux Klan dissolved; they still exist. (The first ammendment gives them the right to exist, sans burning crosses and lynching). I wish I could tell you that truth was going to be the most distatestful thing I ever have to write for this blog, but it’s not even the most distasteful thing I have to write for this post.
According to their own website (which I refuse to link to – not only do I find their ideology reprehensible in every sense of the word, but their website URL actually contains a slur against homosexuals; if you want to find it, which I cannot caution you enough against, you can Google it), the Westboro Baptist Church was founded in 1955. And instead of following in the grand tradition of many other Christian groups in America who selflessly and quietly serve their communities by doing things like creating tutoring centers for under-privileged children or having food pantries where all are welcome (both things I’ve personally witnessed churches in my communities doing), the WBC decided to take a . . . different approach.
Specifically, they like to picket funerals. Of soldiers, usually. Sometimes children. With signs like this:
That was one of the tamer images I found. How bad did it get, really? Let me put it this way. It got to the point where the Klu Klux Klan came out and said the WBC might want to tone it down a bit. No, really. Allow me to suggest to you, dear reader, that when the Klu Klux Klan comes out and tells you that you are being too hateful, you may want to dial it down a notch/re-evaluate your life choices/
throw yourself off a bridge.
Anyway. Where was I? Oh, yes. The title of this post.
Apparently, the Apocalypse is just around the corner or something, because the WBC is protesting Trump. No, REALLY.
And as much as I hate to say it, as much as I thought this day would never come, as much as I would rather cut out my tongue than say this, and I really, really, really hate hate hate saying this, but.
The WBC and I agree: Donald Trump has not proven he belongs in the White House.
The plagues of blood and boils may now commence.