VISITORS to this blog will no doubt be aware that Florida Pastor Terry Jones, who threatened to burn a Koran last year to mark the anniversary of 9/ll was barred last week from entering the UK.
But a less known fact is that Jones’s highly-publicised stunt – he did not, in the end, follow through with the incineration – had been attacked as “despicable” and “un-American” by â€¦. the Ku Klux Klan.
In a press statement published on its website last year, the KKK declared:
It is our opinion that such an act is completely UNACCEPTABLE; it is despicable, and un-American. There are without doubt Islamic sects that teach extreme views of Islam but, going down to their level of hatred by burning their books is a dangerous and ignorant way to confront their teachings. The flames made by such unholy fires never die out! The Ku Klux Klan, LLC. opposes this most un-American thinking and activity.
While this is fascinating – funny even – more hilarious still is an earlier statement from the KKK concerning the infamous Westboro Baptist Church (motto: God Hates Fags):
The Ku Klux Klan, LLC has not or EVER will have ANY connection with The â€˜Westboro Baptist Church’. We absolutely repudiate their tactics of protesting the funerals of US soldiers, men and women who die serving our Nation.
We do NOT question their Christianity or right to speak, publish or preach. We agree with many of their teachings, especially that Homosexuality is an abomination before Yahvey God the Father.
The discovery that the Westboro mob, led by a fanatical, swivel-eyed monster called Fred Phelps, 82, is too insane even for the KKK was made via a link at the end of a report that the WBC had just picketed Indie Director Kevin Smith’s controversial new film Red State.
A scathing satire on Christian fundamentalists, Red State made its debut at the Sundance Film Festival – and church members were less than happy about its contents.
Billed as a horror movie with a difference, it portrays the horror of Christian fundamentalism and ultra-conservative right-wing American values. The plot centres around three teenage boys in search of sexual experience and their contact with a frightening clan of Christian extremists.
The central character is a gay-hating minister played by Michael Parks, and his frightening band of homophobic Christian bigots are very similar to the Westboro Baptist Church and its leader, Phelps.
When WBC activists showed up to protest Smith’s movie, the director and an estimated 200 supporters launched a well-thought-out counter-protest.
Smith, an astute businessman as well as a creative force, utilised the WBC’s appearance to his own advantage, creating even more buzz for his film’s launch at Sundance.