Chile, that has to be the strangest post title I've ever typed. Of course, truth is often stranger than fiction so what can you do?
As you probably know, the Westboro Baptist Church, led by the Crypt Keeper (Fred Phelps) and his minions, often use national tragedies and the funerals of soldiers to spread their message of anti-gay hate. But now the Satanic Temple, a New York-based group that "seeks to foster benevolence and empathy among all people" has struck back by performing a "Pink Mass" ceremony at the grave of Phelps' mother Catherine Idalette Johnston. The point of this pink mass you say? To "turn" her gay for all eternity.
"Upon completion of the pink mass ceremony, Catherine Johnston is now gay in the afterlife," notes the Satanic Temple website, which has the cheeky URL www.westboro-baptist.com. "Fred Phelps is obligated to believe that his mother is now gay ... [and] if beliefs are inviolable rights, nobody has the right to challenge our right to believe that Fred Phelps believes that his mother is now gay."
The Pink Mass was performed twice, once with two lesbians, and another with two gay men, as an assertion of the group's belief in "freedom and the pursuit of happiness for all people." The group is now encouraging other gay couples to make trips to the grave site to perform their own pink masses.
Hmmmm, I'm kinda on the fence about this. I mean, as far as we know, Catherine Johnston wasn't the homophobic douchebag her son is. But the on other hand, the whole point of the stunt is to illuminate stupid Phelps and his clan's beliefs are.
What do you think?