Recently, a satanic group organized a “pink mass” over the grave of the Westboro Baptist Church’s founder’s mother, claiming that they have cursed her and made her gay for eternity in backlash against the church’s anti-gay speech. This satanic group did many things over the mother’s gravesite which were disrespectful. I am not a fan of the Westboro Baptist Church either but I believe the Satanist group’s actions are laughable.
Just about everyone is tired of the WBC using national tragedies to practice their anti-gay hate agenda. They often, ironically, bring people together in opposition against their hateful messages. Interestingly enough, the Satanists have now launched their own gay offensive against the WBC!
On July 14, 2013, the Satanic Temple (a New York based Organization) that seeks to “make benevolence and empathy among all people through Satan,” performed a pink mass at the Mississippi gravesite of the mother of WBC founder, Fred Phelps Jr. Her name is Catherine Idalette Johston and the Satanic Temple supposedly made her gay for eternity upon completion of a ceremony. She is now gay in the afterlife.
Fred Phelps is obligated to believe that his mother is now gay … if beliefs are [unbreakable] rights, nobody has the right to challenge our right to believe that Fred Phelps believes that his mother is now gay.
I don’t know about you but there are several things wrong with the Satanic Temples reasoning beyond the fact that they think Satan is “benevolent.” However, the assertion that beliefs are unbreakable rights are playing off the fact the WBC thinks their own beliefs are “infallible.”
The Pink mass was performed twice – with 2 gay men and 2 gay women – in confirmation of the Satanist belief that encourages “freedom and the pursuit of happiness for all people.” This is a pursuit where anyone who has ever read the Christian Bible or any other religious bible knows that Satan, Hades or whatever you call him is not looking for “freedom” or “happiness” for any person. The Satanic temple even encourages other same-sex couples to practice their own pink mass over Catherine’s grave.
The idea for the pink mass occurred in April after the WBC threatened to protest the funerals of Boston Marathon Bombing Victims. The Satanist’s website laughably compared the pink mass to “the Mormon practice of baptizing the dead,” only much gayer. The baptizing of the dead in the Mormon Church is for the remission of sins and repentance to God and Jesus in proxy (when someone could not be baptized alive). However, The pink mass is a satanic ritual that has nothing to do with repentance to God or being sorry for your sins.
Lucien Greaves who officiated the ceremonies stated that:
We [the Satanic Temple] intend to perform the pink mass for both Fred Phelps’s father and great-aunt . . . but only in reply to their future pickets. The pink mass could be used to protest other anti-gay hysterics . . . and is appropriate when applied to [WBC].
When I think about what WBC did practicing an anti-gay agenda, I am ashamed of them. If they call themselves Christian they should know that Jesus’ greatest command in the Bible was to “love your neighbour as yourself and lean not on your own understanding.” Translation: Be nice and practice tolerance to everyone. Do not look to your own understanding of the way things work, look to God.
As for the Satanic Church, their beliefs really baffle me. Satan, at least the Satan I grew up learning about (and the Satan figure in most cultures) is not a nice guy and is malevolent and wants people to suffer in Hell for their sins for all eternity. That has nothing to do with happiness or acceptance of people who other people like the WBC are being intolerant of; I think Satan would probably encourage the intolerance.
This is what makes the Satanic Temples’ actions laughable. It’s like 2 year olds practicing magic tricks in the back yard – it’s fake. People can say whatever they want, that does not make what they say infallible whether they are the WBC or the Satanists. Plus, once someone is dead you really can’t reach them; they are gone in another realm. The only way Catherine could be gay is if she was gay when she was alive.
What can you say when you have 2 loonie groups trying to make 2 loonie points – I think you go by what you know is right, what your parents have taught you and what your morals are. Anti-gay protests are wrong because people have the right to be respected and loved no matter their lifestyle.