A group of New Yorkers calling themselves The Satanic Temple paid a visit to what appears to be the grave of the mother of Westboro Baptist Church (WBC) founder Fred Phelps on Sunday, staging two same sex commitment ceremonies atop the tombstone in hopes of confronting the hate group in a manner that’s uniquely offensive to them.
The WBC is well known for their anti-LGBT demonstrations and the slogan “God Hates Fags,” among others. The Satanic Temple said in an advisory (caution: NSFW photos) that its members were angry that the WBC would threaten to protest the funerals of the Boston bombing victims, so they went to Boston hoping for a confrontation that never emerged.
After that, they got to thinking, and apparently uniting two same sex couples at Fred’s mother’s grave was what they settled upon. One unnamed participant also “teabagged” the tombstone — slang for putting one’s testicles on something. This too was documented in high resolution. Raw Story was not able to independently verify if this was indeed the grave of Fred Phelps’ mother.
“The Satanic Temple now believes that Fred Phelps must believe that his mother is now gay, in the afterlife, due to our Pink Mass… And nobody can challenge our right to our beliefs,” a spokesperson said in an advisory.
Neither the WBC nor The Satanic Temple responded to requests for comment. The Satanic Temple has published a map showing the location of the grave and are encouraging others to follow their example and send them photos and video of future ceremonies.
Oddly enough, The Satanic Temple is hoping their stunt will attract attention to an ongoing effort to adopt a highway somewhere in New York state. To those ends, The Satanic Temple has launched an IndieGoGo fundraising page, complete with a very strange video (embedded below) aimed at convincing supporters to donate.
“The Satanic Temple,” the video’s narrator concludes. “Helping others and leaving the world a better place. Now that’s something everyone can get behind.”
This video is from YouTube, published June 10, 2013.
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