This week, two women who escaped from extreme religious sects told their stories. One escaped from Scientology, the other from the Westboro Baptist Church. Although a small number of people grow up inside groups like these in America, it’s as important as it is startling to hear from these women and hear how, even in this modern world, there are still people who want to oppress women, control their bodies, and prevent them from getting educated. Keep reading »
Hackers from Anonymous pounced on the Westboro Baptist Church soon after the extremist group announced plans to picket Sandy Hook Elementary School to praise God for sending the gunman, Mashablereports. The online activists published the emails, phone numbers, and home addresses of Westboro members, taunted the group on Twitter about the hacking, and vowed to destroy the group for “breeding hatred.” Read more…
Joe Paterno’s death caused, to put it mildly, mixed reactions: The Hollywood Reporter has a roundup, and it includes everything from George HW Bush’s glowing remembrance of the Penn State coach to this zinger from a Late Show writer and producer: “Will there be a moment of silence for Joe Paterno, to honor his silence when he discovered children were being attacked?” But the most extreme reaction came, of course, from those paragons of understatement, the Westboro Baptist Church. Read more…
Westboro Baptist Church, the Kansas-based church famous for their “God Hates Fags” demonstrations outside the funerals for dead soldiers, has announced it will picket lesbian student Constance McMillen‘s graduation. McMillen made headlines earlier this year when she fought Itawamba Agricultural High School’s ban against same-sex couples at prom. A judge ruled McMillen’s rights had been violated; as a final “eff you” from her high school, it organized a fake “decoy prom” that she and her girlfriend were sent to with a few other students while the rest of their class partied elsewhere.
Unfortunately, life continues to be difficult for poor Constance. Keep reading »
The Westboro Baptist Church has taken their “God Hates Gaga” campaign
to the land of music videos with their version of “Poker Face.” Apparently, God also hates decent graphics and any semblance of good production value? Keep reading »