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#MediaFail: Westboro Baptist ‘Church’ Thinks JFK is in Hell

westboroAs the world plans on descending on Dallas next week for the 50th anniversary of JFK’s assassination, guess who else is coming to my fair burg? Westboro. (As a seminarian, I refuse to call these nefarious douchenozzles a church.)

With all the goodwill in Dallas, conspiracy nuts coming to town in their unmarked white vans and global press, why is Westboro coming to…oh, wait a minute. And there lies the rub. Media, this is your fault.

Here’s an example: Westboro has posted on its website that JFK has been in hell for 50 years. Why? November marks the 50th anniversary of the assassination of JFK.  You will never find a more wretched hive of scum and villainy, than the JFK Whitehouse. (Someone see Darth Vader around here because that smacks of a rejected line from a ‘Star Wars’ script.)

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The KKK Wants In On This Whole ‘Rebranding’ Thing

Say you’re a deeply hated racist organization desperate to stay relevant in an era of dwindling membership, a terrible reputation and–you know–the modern world. Say a certain non-white president just got re-elected. What would you do?

Well, the infamous white knights of the Ku Klux Klan have decided to attack their PR problem from two directions by blanketingtarget communities” with inflammatory fliers while letting the press know that they’ve totally changed–like, for realsies this time.

You might be surprised to learn that the folks behind the KKK are no strangers to branding exercises: they used a 2011 protest by the infamous Westboro Baptist Church to effectively say “Hey, at least we’re not as bad as these guys”. According to a group spokesman who discussed the future of hateful white men with a Denver Fox affiliate, the KKK “[doesn't] hate anyone”. They just want to ensure that “good things come to our race” (by excluding other races).

We’ll just let Stephen Colbert take it from here: