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The End of Westboro Baptist?

I have not commented on the horrific shootings in the Lafayette movie theater. What is there to say? True, the usual suspects are using the incident to argue for their positions on gun control, but to me, the particularly terrifying aspect of the Lafayette case is its randomness. The shooter had no connection to the area, and no apparent reason for doing what he did. He seems to have aimlessly drifted into that town, into that movie theater, into that showing on that night, and unleashed his demons on the crowd.

When I heard, though, that the ghouls of the Westboro Baptist Church are planning to picket the funerals of the two local women killed by that devil [1], I thought, “Oh, oh, oh, they have NO IDEA what they’re messing with.” You do not want to do that to Cajuns. You just don’t.

If you want to see a miracle, look for the Westboro trash to escape Acadiana without getting their butts whipped. A Facebook movement has arisen down here to get volunteers to form a human shield between Westboro’s squad and mourners of the dead women. So far, they have nearly 5,000 volunteers. I seriously wouldn’t doubt that Westboro is going to find more trouble down here than they anticipate. And I seriously wouldn’t mind it if they did. Some people just have it coming to them.

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#1 Comment By OrthodoxJew On July 27, 2015 @ 9:48 pm

The shooter made a lot of postings on extreme far-right sites, from neo-nazis to anti-governemnt conspiracy theories, and even mentioned the “power of the lone wolf” and praised Timothy McVeigh. So I think this may well be an act of domestic terrorism.

People should never have paid any attention to Westboro, as if they represent or have anything to do whatsoever with mainstream opponents of gay rights. They are simply an insane cult. Did you know that they excommunicated their leader after he died because they believe a true leader would be immortal?

#2 Comment By Siarlys Jenkins On July 28, 2015 @ 10:46 am

Although this probably is an act of domestic terrorism, we should remember that the “lone wolf” may be a clinically insane person who found an available ideology a convenient vehicle and cloak for their personal demons, rather than the ideology taking a perfectly sane person and convincing them to commit violent acts. Both are possible, but each is different.

I view Whittaker Chambers the same way. He was a troubled soul who found communism, and anti-communism, to be convenient vehicles at different points in his life for acting out whatever was in his head. Less deadly in both phases, of course. But then, he wasn’t a lone wolf, he was an organization man, both times.