Which brings me back to the Satanic Temple. They traveled to Phelps' mom's grave last weekend and performed "Pink Mass" same-sex marriage ceremonies. And they encourage you to perform your own Pink Mass over the Phelps grave, too:
After a Pink Mass has been performed, every time a same sex couple kisses over the gravesite, the now-gay deceased is said to be pleasured in the afterlife.Satanic Temple spokesman Lucien Greaves -- who officiated at these two commitment ceremonies -- explained in a press release why they decided to perform the Pink Masses:
The Westboro Baptists, famed for their bombastic "God Hates Fags" anti-homosexual activism, raised the ire of the Satanic Temple months previous. "The idea for the Pink Mass ceremony and website came during the aftermath of the tragic Boston Marathon bombings, during which time the WBC were threatening to protest the funerals of the bombing victims," explains Greaves. “Members of The Satanic Temple were in Boston, waiting for them, but they failed to show. Later, the WBC issued a statement that they had been present 'in spirit'. We decided that a same-sex couple celebrating ceremony at the grave-site of Fred Phelps's mother was an appropriate way to meet the Westboro Baptists, 'in spirit', but this time on our terms."A commenter in this post further spelled out why this type of protest is appropriate, especially given the target:
Explaining the ceremony itself, Greaves continues, "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."
I think some of y'all have totally missed the point here. The WBC aims to offend and shock people and they don't care who they hurt in the process. They openly practice their beliefs at people's funerals. They give no respect to the families of others who are in deep mourning. Well, what goes around comes around.I actually get the point and find it ingenious, to a point. I'm just not sure that Phelps cares or that I like the idea of same-sex commitment ceremonies being used as weapons against anyone, much less the WBC.
If Fred Phelps had any love for his own mother, at all (which is questionable), hopefully he is now as offended, deeply hurt, and scarred as other people have been because of his church's actions.
He and his church have shown great disrespect for many upon many who have passed away. It was only a matter of time before someone decided to be just as offensive as him.