>This Is Getting Out Of Hand

>It’s time to take a poll, because I can’t decide what’s worse.

Just when I thought that
PETA comparing Tim McLean to a buffet
was as low as it could get, along comes Fred Phelps and his Westboro Baptist Church to give the pet killers a
run for their money.

The group is planning a trip to Canada to do what it does best, picket at a funeral. Yes, Tim McLean’s funeral. Why you ask? Well, apparently to let us know that his murder is God’s response to our policies on things like abortion and gay rights. How this logic works I have no earthly idea, but you can’t reason with the god hates fags people.

And just to up the anty in case anybody wasn’t already convinced of their certified insanity, they also had this to say:

“God is punishing Canada for passing laws against WBC — by exposing Canadians as cannibals and highway decapitaters,” the church says in a news release on its website, which refers to McLean as “The Headless Canadian.”

All of us? Like everybody? We’re all killing and eating our fellow man as we travel hither and yon because a group of nutjobs from Kansas feels wronged by our way of life? Ok, just checking. And come on guys, The Headless Canadian? Surely you can do better than that.

Fortunately the government is trying to block them from entering the country, though how much success they’ll have at this remains to be seen. But even if they fail, I still have to give them points for trying and applaud them for making a rare good decision.

Public Safety Minister Stockwell Day’s office sent an alert to border patrol to “look out” for people with signs and pamphlets consistent with the messages that the church promotes and to keep them out of the country, Winnipeg MP Pat Martin told CBC News on Friday.

“Entering Canada by a U.S. citizen isn’t an absolute right, and if you’re coming here only to disrupt the social order and to promote what we consider to be bordering on hate crimes or hate language, they shouldn’t come into Canada,” Martin said.

“We’re not going to allow these people to compound the tragedy of the McLean family loss, and Canadians simply won’t tolerate these lunatics disrupting what should be a respectful service.”

Freedom of speech is not absolute, Martin said.

“Your freedom to swing your arm in the air ends when it touches the end of my nose,” he said. “What these people were going to do was hurtful, harmful and disruptive to the peace, order and good government that we guarantee to our citizens, so they have no place in this country.”

So back to the question of who’s worse. I can’t decide. Right now I’m leaning towards the religious nuts, but I’m not sure if that’s just because they’re more fresh in my mind or if what they’re doing goes beyond what PETA has already done. Either way, both are a stain on the world and a good argument against free speech.

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