Jewish Journal


October 27, 2009

I get anti-Semitic email: the Westboro Baptist files


If you’re familiar with anything about Westboro Baptist Church, it’s likely with something they hate: Jews, gays, soldiers.

An odd group of Kansas “Baptists” who make fundamentalists seem like a bunch of liberals, Westboro operates the Websites JewsKilledJesus.com, GodHatesTheWorld.com and BeastObama.com. They’re best known, though, for GodHatesFags.com

Honestly, I used to think these guys were a creation of the folks at the Onion. They are that out there.

I don’t know how I got on their mailing list, but I get a few emails a week informing me that Westboro is planning to protest “lying,” “hateful,” “covenant breaking,” “faithless” Jews. The email I received Saturday, after Shabbat ended, called out the troops to protest an Overland Park, Kan., synagogue Wednesday. Actually, maybe they wouldn’t call it a protest but a mission. A mission to find “good figs among the filthy, Christ-reject Jews.”

The attached flier continued:

“You have filled modern Jewry with abominations, forsaken God & broken His covenant; He promised you curses for that! You thought the curses of the past
year were bad (financial collapse, Madoff swindle, war in Gaza, Holocaust Museum shooting, Beast Obama in the White House, & more), but you haven’t seen anything yet!”

Wow, somebody really needs to media-train these folks.

Fortunately, the Westboro weirdos don’t get much media attention, at least not in general publication newspapers. Unfortunately, I don’t think that if we all ignore them they’ll just go away.

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