Westboro Baptist church is home to the most repugnant, asshatted, crapweasels around. There is no excuse to invade funerals and other events especially when they have zero to do with Westboro’s reprehensible hate-filled agenda. But a recent “Pink Mass” protest by the Satanic Temple in which protestors teabagged Fred Phelps mother’s grave to support equality for same-sex couples is equally offensive, even for an atheist like me.
Satanists and atheists believe there is no afterlife, so on some level protesting over a grave is academic. Our view is that there is a casket and a dead body. Nothing more, nothing less. The Satanists meant the “Pink Mass” to symbolically change Phelps’ mother gay after death which is a pointless exercise if the “person” in the grave is non-existent.
Pink Mass: Teabagging a Tombstone
Protest is a strong hallmark of our society and no one should prevent it. However, those not involved with the protest have a right to be free of publicity stunts when it has nothing to do with them or their event. If you want to protest, there are better places than a solder’s funeral or a person’s grave – particularly since as far as I can tell Fred Phelps mother Catherine Idalette Johnston died when Fred was five and had nothing to do with his upbringing or his malicious cause.