Can we opt out of the 'god hates fags' protest please?

By Megan Mooney

The Pastor Phelps Project, which is part of the Summerworks festival, will apparently be picketed by the Westboro Baptist Church of ‘godhatesfags’ fame.  (and yes, the not linking to them is on purpose).

The Pastor Phelps Project is a musical described as:

Warning! Bible preaching ahead! Pastor Fred Phelps and the good people of the Westboro Baptist Church are here to explain why God hates fags and America is doomed. It’s homophobia versus burlesque in a musical cabaret showdown. Stare into the abyss of fundamentalism; sexy political satire with razor wire barbs.

So, the show that’s mocking Westboro Baptist, is being protested by Westboro Baptist…

I mean, I guess it makes sense that they’d be upset, and they do seem like the protesting type.  But I really hate that these people are going to be in Toronto.

I wonder how the company putting on the show (Ecce Homo) feel about all this.  I mean, it’s a show that’s bound to be provocative.  And, honestly, I’m betting that this is going to get them more audience, and certainly get them more noticed.  So, ‘any publicity is good publicity’?

For those who are interested in just what the Westboro Baptist Church has to say on the subject, the flyer that is posted on their website reads as follows:

WBC will picket The Pastor Phelps Project – at 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. – Thursday, August 7 – at the Cameron House, 408 Queen St. W., Toronto, Canada.

In religious protest and warning: “Be not deceived; God is not mocked” Gal. 6:7.

God Hates Fags! & Fag-Enablers. Ergo, God hates The Pastor Phelps Project, and all those having anything to do with it.

The Pastor Phelps Project is a tacky bit of filthy sodomite propaganda, with no literary merit and zero redeeming social value, masquerading as legitimate theater. It is of the fags, by the fags, and for the fags – designed only to mock
the word of God and the servants of God. “He that sitteth in the heavens shall laugh; the Lord shall have them in derision.” Psa.2:4.

God Hates Canada, Land of the Sodomites.

Well.  I guess we’ve been told.

BTW: The show runs Aug 7-17 Thurs, Fri, Sat nights at 8pm and Sunday afternoons at 3pm – at the Cameron House (408 Queen Street West) for more information visit www.summerworks.ca.  You can check them out on Facebook here.

0 thoughts on “Can we opt out of the 'god hates fags' protest please?”

  1. I know you didn’t link to them but I went to the site anyway. These are seriously strange people. According to them God hates everyone – except them I guess.

    I think that as theatre critics they’d make good plumbers.

  2. I’m a part of Ecce Homo, and first off, thank you for posting this. In response to how we feel about this… is that aside from the obvious publicity boost we’ve got from this which is incredible we also feel proud. We feel proud that we have created a piece of political theatre that has sparked a dialogue even before it’s opened. We’re hoping that once people do see our show they’ll realize that it’s not just about the WBC and Fred Phelps… its also about the hypocrisy of the right wing American government in their reactions to these people. We haven’t created this show to give them a voice or to spread their word, we’ve created it to raise awareness about who they are and what they believe and how the US government has reacted to them, to represent Fred Phelps on stage as the clown that he is, and to leave people with a hope that love will prevail over all this hate. We invite to you come see the show and talk to us afterwards, all reactions and input are welcome. The show runs Aug 7-17 thurs,fri,sat nights at 8pm and sunday afternoons at 3pm – at the cameron house (480 QueenWest) for more information visit summerworks.ca. Cheers! xO!aB

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