Everybody’s favorite traveling comic improv group, the Westboro Baptist Church, has judged Maya Angelou and found her worthy: worthy of the Westboro treatment that is.
It’s odd. While I always admired her, I often found Maya Angelou just a little too “god-centered” for my taste. The Westboros had just the opposite impression, tweeting upon her death:
“No RIP Maya Angelou. She was a staunch devil child who esteemed the love of the world more than the honor of God.”
Ever since her passing, Westboro members have treated the Twitterverse to a stream of Maya Angelou images photoshopped to insult, and, of course, to use the notoriety of someone no longer able to defend herself, to call attention to themselves and their raging homophobia.
Here is one they gave the Westboro treatment in response to the website Naughty but Nice Rob, which posted this same photo of Maya Angelou and Oprah Winfrey – sans fag signs, of course.
Now Westboro has added Maya Angelou’s funeral to their schedule of protests. At least they are trying to. The group seems to be having some trouble ferreting out the time and place of Ms. Angelou’s memorial. They were trolling for information on Twitter this weekend, asking anyone aware of the funeral plans to clue them in.
According to the group’s Twitter stream, Maya Angelou is deserving of the Westboro treatment because she was a “fag enabler” who equated prejudice against gays with prejudice against blacks, which is apparently high on the annoyance scale for the Westboro faithful.
The one thing the Westboros do have right is that the great lady was a staunch straight ally to the gay community. One of my favorite Maya Angelou quotes is about equal love:
“To love someone takes a lot of courage. So how much more is one challenged when the love is of the same sex and the laws say, ‘I forbid you from loving this person’?”
Here’s more Westboro art:
Given the high profile of the people who are sure to be in attendance at Maya Angelou’s funeral, I can’t imagine the police allowing the protest close enough to be anything but a sideshow. But, I also hope that forewarned is forearmed, and that wherever the funeral is held, enough stalwart people of all colors and persuasions will gather together to stand between the mourners and the Westboros. We’ve learned that’s what we have to do now. Like an umbrella when it rains.
Maya Angelou deserves no less.
Photos via Twitter
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