Sunday, March 16, 2014
Savoring the long awaited death of America’s #1 Hater: Keep your hypocrisy to yourself.
”The thing is, as much as I hate everything Fred Phelps has stood for and instituted, I remain firm in my stance that I will not be happy about anyone's death…”
So sayith an atheist commenting on Hemant Mehta’s “The Friendly Atheist” blog article on Fred Phelps’ illness and soon to be dead condition …according to his estranged son. http://www.lgbtqnation.com/2014/03/report-fred-phelps-founder-of-westboro-baptist-church-near-death/
Fred Phelps, the founder and patriarch of the Westboro Baptist Church, has made life miserable for thousands of people. The homophobic shenanigans at soldier’s funerals, et al, have alienated them even from the other fundamentalist Xtian groups. If you are unfamiliar with the depth of sickness of his hatred and how far his “church” of family followers takes it, Google him…I won’t go into further detail here.
So, what’s behind this sanctimonious holier than thou, ‘any man’s death diminishes me’ bullshit? Frankly I think it’s a bold face lie, hypocrisy, espoused by those who want to appear to be on a higher moral plane than us mere normal humans. And by normal human I mean people whose emotions are appropriate for the situation, not masked /suppressed /and denied because by so doing it is evidence of a more advanced, more evolved humanity.
I'll never understand the mentality of "never happy about someone’s death". I will avoid the inevitable invoking of "you know who" (that German guy from the early-mid-20th century), lest I be accused of employing Godwin's Law. But, the reality is- unlike John Donne's famous quote - there ARE in fact people whose death does NOT diminish me / us; indeed, their deaths enhance society and contributes to civilization.
"Oh my … Torquemada is dead?? I am wracked with grief! What a loss! I am diminished! Oh the humanity! He was such a Grand Inquisitor.” Please.
Look, if you genuinely can’t experience the full range of emotions death naturally evokes in normal humans – inconsolable grief, sadness, relief, neutrality, happiness, and perhaps others- then you’re not more morally evolved than me, you’re either a phony, catatonic, or an automaton . If you think “all life is precious” tell it to the flesh eating bacteria, brain boring parasites, and deer ticks – no doubt they’d agree if they could.
Fred is near death? Good! I hope his death is slow, prolonged and painful … as he prolonged and intensified the pain of the victimized targets of his hate. Feel free to demonize me for my lack of humanity, my not quite as advanced evolution and my lack of respect for the life of certain humans. I’m comfortable with it.