The late Andy Warhol postulated several years ago that "in the future, everyone would be famous for 15 minutes". Some people just haven't figured out that 15 minutes of fame can go very quickly, and isn't a gift card that can be renewed with impunity.
Case in point: The dreaded Westboro Baptist Church is back in the news, just two weeks after the church's spokeswoman, lawyer Marge Phelps, declared they would protest the funeral of Penn State football coach Joe Paterno. This time, the congregation is pointing their wagons to the Northwest, where they won't find a welcome wagon, but, more than likely, a very angry mob that is sick & tired of the Phelps family and their misguided flock leeching off tragedy to push their hateful agenda.
Earlier this week, Josh Powell, already a person of interest in the disappearance of his wife 2 years ago, had brutally slain his two children with his axe, then blew up his house, with himself and the children in it, in a bizarre murder-suicide. All that did was ratchet up speculation that Powell had also killed his wife, and realized the police were on the verge of reaching that conclusion, or at least he thought so. The children are being laid to rest this weekend, and, according to an article on MSN.com, the Westboro Wack Pack is headed to the funeral, using the occasion to protest the state of Washington allowing same-sex marriage. That's what has the citizenry up in arms. That the funeral of two innocent little boys is being used to push someone else's agenda, and raise a ruckus.
Westboro Baptist has become infamous for protesting at military funerals, but the truth of the matter is, the funerals are the wrong place to be. If they've got a problem with same-sex marriage, they're better off taking their case directly to the state capitol. Their continued use of funerals to push their hateful agenda has gotten tiresome, and now, every time Marge Phelps announces they're going to protest, someone will form a counter-group to block them. Rev. Fred Phelps insists on misinterpreting the Bible to suit his ends, but he's too far gone to see the error of his ways. His daughter is the same way, and for the first time, earns her own set of weasel ears. Just for kicks, we'll give her the snout, tail, & paws to go with it, because, let's face it, pilgrims, it'll save the trouble of mentioning Westboro in the Weasel of the Week ever again.