Ronnie James Dio died a couple weeks ago. I didn’t write about it because I didn’t think many of you were huge Dio fans or anything, and even though I know he rocked pretty hard, I’m not a huge fan either. So I’m sorry about that. But then those wacky Christian fundamentalists, the Westboro Baptist Church, decided that they were going to protest Dio’s memorial service, which is going to be held on Sunday in L.A. And I, like many of you, have words to say about Westboro Baptist, so here we are.
In a press release on the topic of Dio road trip, the church claimed they were protesting the service because
“This rebel had a God-given platform – for decades – which he should have utilized to publish the truth of God. Instead, he used that platform – for decades – to teach rebellion against God, in the form glorifying atheism, promoting the devil horn hand sign & other such idolatries. Now he has been cut off by an Angry God & cast into hell.”
Dio’s widow responded with this:
Ronnie hates prejudice and violence! We need to turn the other cheek on these people that only know how to hate someone they didn’t know. We only know how to love someone we know!
I can’t even begin to understand these people. ”God hates fags,” yeah, sure, thanks for letting me know, and tell God I said thanks too. I’m sure he absolutely loves what you people do, so keep up the good work. Except not, Westboro Baptist Church, because you are ridiculous. I don’t have a problem with Christians who practice Christianity, I have a problem with Christians who presume they have the right to let other people know what God wants and what God dictates, and that is what these people do loudly and proudly and offensively. Keep it to yourself, crazy church.
By the way, the above video is from a BBC documentary on the church. It makes me want to rip my eyeballs out, but I really like the guy doing the documenting, who is so clearly disturbed within the first twelve seconds. Me too, guy, me too.