Monday, October 8, 2007

Rule #1: Intolerance Will NOT Be Tolerated

That's one of the rules that I established at the end of my very first blog. Actually it's the only rule that I established. If I ever had to do one of those dating surveys where one of the questions always is "what is your biggest turn-off?", intolerance probably would stand a pretty good chance of being the answer. Specifically what I'm referring to is intolerance to people or groups of people who happen to be different or have different views. More specifically I mean close-minded intolerant people who preach hatred. And it always seems that the strength of their ridiculous pea-brained views is directly proportional to the strength and volume of their voice and their desire to use it. They're not happy just hating, they have to advertise to the world that they hate. And show everyone just how proud they are of it. As if that's not bad enough, they further compound their flaming idiocy by usually claiming to be a member of a group that by it's very nature is fundamentally against everything that these morons are shouting. Not only are they intolerant, close-minded, pea-brained idiots but they're hypocrites to boot.

Yesterday I was siting in the car in front of a store. Outside the store was a newspaper box with the Sunday edition of the local paper. One of the headlines read "Anti-gay Protest Ends Peacefully". Now I don't live in the biggest of towns. There isn't a great deal of exciting activity going on around here on a regular basis and you don't normally see much in the way of protests so I had to check it out.

It seems that on Saturday a group of anti-gay protesters came to town and did what anti-gay protesters do. They (showed themselves to be tiny-brained hate mongers) protested gays. That was irritating enough but what really got me was that these people were from out-of-town. They were from another state! In another part of the country. The paper said they were from a Baptist church in Kansas. I looked it up and found that they were from the Westboro Baptist Church in Topeka (ironically enough their zip code is 66604, coincidence?). Their website is, isn't that special? What amazing people they must be to actually know the mind of God. Turns out these are the same vermin that show up to protest at military funerals. A particularly virulent strain of parasite are they. To be fair, while they call themselves Baptist they are independent and not affiliated with any know Baptist conventions and they follow "primative Baptist" principles (their words, not mine). They believe that every world tragedy can be linked to homosexuality and that homosexuality should be made a capital crime. Of course, they don't stop there. They also hate Roman Catholics, Muslims, Jews, Swedes, Canadians, Irish, and Americans. If you're trying to make sense of that list don't bother, sense doesn't apply. They are a hate group, pure and simple. A hate group that gets to enjoy a tax-free status because they happen to call themselves a church. These are the kind of people that make me hope the Christian belief that Jesus is coming back is true because if he does, boy is he gonna be PISSED. He's going to have special VIP reserved seating in hell for all the people that pull this kind of shit in his name.

Now the numbers involved in this story may not seem impressive but what happened is important in principle. Six out of town protesters showed up to do their thing. In no time at all they found themselves surrounded by about a hundred counter-protesters (a hundred and one if I had know about it). The Topeka-based loonies hung in there for about 15 minutes before heading for their car. The counter-protesters then followed them and surrounded the car. It took about a half hour for the police to clear a path for the visiting guests to make their escape. I believe it was made clear to them that they were not welcome here.

I have to say that my little town done me proud. This is exactly the kind of greeting they should receive in every town. We all have different views and we may not agree on all the issues but hopefully we can all agree that these people and those like them are destructive. That they will never be a part of the solution. That they have no place in our towns. Or in our world.


Caitlin said...

They were in our town?! Oh my gosh that makes me sick...I have a friend who is in the college democrats with me, and over the summer his brother was killed in Iraq. That same group protested his funeral. Disgusting. I can't believe they were in our area. I'm impressed that the locals responded the way they did though!

Bruce, a work in progress said...

Yep, unfortunately they were here. They've been here before at military funerals. That's when I first heard of them. Thankfully, at the time, Viet Nam vets and biker groups organized and showed up to block their way and keep them away from the families. I heard of them doing that in other places too.

C.Rag said...

A co-worker of mine had lunch with a client who is 80 years-old & he kept on calling Mexicans Oatmeal for some reason. He lives in LA so I’m not sure if it’s a LA thing. Every time he would say Oatmeal he would add, "I'm not racist."

At the next table was a black man with a light skin black woman with blonde hair. The senile client said to my co-worker, "What do you think of mixing races?"

My poor co-worker! She said it was the hardest thing to go through.

Bruce, a work in progress said...

C.Rag I read an article last week that explained why elderly people say inappropriate things so often. It seems that as people age the prefrontal cortex of their brain begins to shrink. That's the area of the brain that tells you to keep things in your head rather than saying them out loud. When it ages and shrinks it doesn't work so well any more.
Of course, it doesn't make them think the things they're thinking, it just removes the governor from their mouths and lets out the crap that's in their head.

Colonel Colonel said...

"as people age the prefrontal cortex of their brain begins to shrink"

It also happens to conservatives when they get a radio gig.

Bruce, a work in progress said...

Col., actually I think in some it doesn't have the opportunity to shrink as it never developed to begin with.

Crashdummie said...

you guyz have to recrute forces from outside to fill up the intolerant & hate quote?

Bruce, a work in progress said...

No Crash, the town's not that small. It's one of those places in transition. Very rural and agricultural but less than an hour from two major cities so there are a lot of commuters and the place is growing. An interesting mix of conservative and liberal, country and city. They may not always be able to agree but I don't think any of them would argue that these jokers from out of town are repugnant to everyone.

Malicious Intent said...

Still trying to catch up on some of your older blogs Bruce. I heard of this group from the Military funeral shit they pull. Went to their website and was so appauled at what I saw. They would never make it out of our town alive. We are a meca of diversity here and if they only got eggs thrown at them, they would be to consider themselves lucky.