The Westboro Baptist Church has outdone its usual outpouring of hate-filled rhetoric in the wake of the Orlando terror attacks. The Orlando terror attack took place at Pulse nightclub early Sunday morning, and it resulted in the shooting deaths of 53 people. Fifty more were injured in the terror attack, which happened during a three-hour window during which time the patrons of the club were held hostage inside. Ultimately, police in Florida stormed Pulse and killed the gunman, but the rescue came too late for dozens. Westboro Baptist Church responded to the worst terror attack in U.S. history by blaming the victims for their murders, saying the vicious attack was the result of the club patrons’ homosexuality and that “God sent the shooter” to kill them.
The Westboro Baptist Church Twitter feed lit up with jubilant tweets following the news of the massacre.
The news that the Westboro Baptist Church, notorious for its hate-filled statements and protests in the name of “God,” was reveling in the deaths of 53 club-goers and the injury of 50 more came just days after the so-called Christian organization picketed the funeral of boxing legend Muhammad Ali. At that Westboro Baptist Church protest, fans and supporters filled the streets outside of Muhammad Ali’s funeral, effectively drowning out the hate with love.
As Patheos reports, while the Westboro Baptist Church is all in favor of the mass execution of homosexual, as evidenced by the string of hate-laden tweets sent out by the organization since the news of the Orlando terror attacks broke, the Westboro Baptist Church also doesn’t approve of the murder of people, even if (according to the Westboro organization) those people brought their murder upon themselves through their homosexuality.
In addition to condemning the victims of the Orlando terrorist shooting spree, the Westboro Baptist Church (which insists that homosexuals are hated by God and will be tortured in hell for all eternity) also condemns the Orlando shooter, who has been identified as 29-year-old Omar Mateen. Despite the fact that the Westboro Baptist Church believes he was “sent by God” to kill the club-goers, they say that God hates him too, and that he will share his victims’ fiery fate.
“God hates f**s. God sent the shooter. God hates murderer Omar Mateen. Omar Mateen and slain f**s are in hell. REPENT!”
The Westboro Baptist Church hasn’t mentioned whether it will be picketing the funerals of any or all of the Florida terrorism victims or that of the shooter, but it seems likely that they will. Because that’s what they do.
@WBCSaysRepent Jesus would weep at the murder of others. How do U take delight in the murder of anyone? Where is the love of Jesus within U— DK Seattle (@DesireeSeattle) June 13, 2016
@WBCSaysRepent To post such an awful thing is irresponsible, stupid and just down right rude. This stupidity and hatred needs to stop.— Heavy Weighted (@heavyweighted) June 13, 2016
In addition to saying that God sent the shooter to murder the victims of the Orlando terror attacks, the Westboro Baptist Church took their hateful trolling one step further. In response to the Orlando terror attacks, the Westboro Baptist Church also pushed its song “Shooters Keep Comin’ Around,” which is a parody of Bastille’s hit song “Pompeii,” reports Advocate.
The Westboro Baptist Church originally tweeted out a link to the organization’s parody song on June 5. However, following the horrific terrorist attack on Sunday morning, the Westboro Baptist Church felt it was appropriate to begin recirculating the link to the song, sending out links on multiple Westboro Baptist Church Twitter accounts; the “Christian” organization has a handful of Twitter accounts, as they often get deleted from the social media site due to their prevalent hate speech.
The Westboro Baptist Church recirculated their hate parody while the bodies of some of the Orlando terrorism victims were still in the nightclub.
The song parodied by the Westboro Baptist Church has been on the Top 40 radio list for years, since it was first released in early 2013. The original song’s creators, Bastille, tweeted about the horrific Orlando terrorist attack, and they are in no way supportive of the Westboro Baptist Church’s views or of the organization using their song as a foundation for hate speech.
This is almost unbelievable and so incredibly sad. https://t.co/R5h2nqutU1— BASTILLE (@bastilledan) June 12, 2016
What do you think? Has Westboro Baptist finally gone too far? Have they crossed the line and become a terrorist organization with their tweets and protests, or are the actions of the Westboro Baptist Church “protected free speech” as the high courts in the U.S. have deemed them to be?
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