Thursday, 8 April 2010

Ku Klux Klan distances itself from the Westboro Baptist Church

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Here's an amusing item doing the rounds online this afternoon – the Arkansas chapter of the Ku Klux Klan have, for reasons at present known only to themselves, felt moved to publish a disclaimer on their website pointing out that they are nothing to do with the infamous Westboro Baptist Church, who you may remember by virtue of their persistent "God Hates Fags" picketing of the funerals of US soldiers, who they believe are killed by virtue of God taking his revenge on America for its toleration of homosexuality. Here's the text of the disclaimer:

News Release

Disclaimer:

NOTE: The Ku Klux Klan, LLC. has not or EVER will have ANY connection with The "Westboro Baptist Church". We absolutely repudiate their activities.
Of course I was sceptical at first, but I did a little web checking and it does seem that this appears on the genuine website for the Arkansas KKK (here's the link, but note that it will take you to a KKK website, so if you'd rather not give them a hit you may like to just take my word for it).

When the Ku Klux Klan is repudiating your activities, your bigotry truly has gone off the scale. Not that that will bother the Westboro gang, of course.

7 comments:

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Heres the number to the church 1-785-273-0325

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Robert Carnegie said...

These days I want to check whether something like that is a recent development; in that case, what set it off, at least for the morbid curiosity. But there was a story about a Russian man and a raccoon that appeared on Russell Howard's TV show last week - goodness he's filthy - the content doesn't matter much, but it was "true" enough to be reported apparently in Britain's "The Sun" - which isn't necessarily the most true that a thing can be - in January 2009. But suddenly it erupts again.

AT said...

On what basis does the KKK repudiate the Westboro Baptist Church?

There was another story recently about the Michigan Militia, a generally right-wing group who have been traditionally linked to white supremacy, self-determination etc, giving up a member of a splinter group to the police. By all accounts it wasn't part of an internal struggle for power but a genuine repudiation of too-violent radicals.

I would love to think that increasingly shrill right-wing politics is pushing regular conservatives to a more rational, centrist approach. But maybe it's optimistic to think of the KKK as 'regular conservatives'.

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Patrick said...

Hmmm... Two Jerry Springer reject groups won't associate with one another.

The sole purpose of the Westboro Baptist Church is to peddle their crazy to the world via the same media that are using them as a straw man against all Christianity.

The KKK are pretty much the same, except we have to substitute Cnservativism for Christianity.

It's a shame, since real debates with opposed intellectual powerhouses are far more appealing to me.

Anonymous said...

The Poll about the Pope is so biased. There is no cover up in the Catholic Church.

Case in point, An elementary school teacher in Louisiana by the name of Charles DeRoche raped over a thousand boys. The teacher's union knew about it but would allow Carver Elementary school to fire him, and they did not allow the school to inform parents about it. In the end he was eventually arrested but that was over a year AFTER the teacher's union knew about it and didn't report him.

Now compare that to the fate of Fr. Roch Naquin. A woman claimed that Fr. Naquin hypnotized her and then raped her. The local news channel and the local newspaper both branded him as guilty because he was a priest. He was very swiftly removed from contact with the people and told to submit to civil authorities if they come to arrest him. Well the police never came to arrest Fr. Naquin. It turns out that the woman lied about everything and was just trying to get a lawyer to help her try to sue the Church to get some money. Did the newspaper apologize, or did the tv station apologize? No, the forgot about it after they convicted an innocent man in the mind of the public. I guess I should point out that the pedophile teacher was white and the innocent priest was not white which just tells us all that the entire outrage against the Catholic Church has nothing to do with protecting Children at all but is just another form of racism.