Filipino boxer/congressman/Roman Catholic Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao’s idiotic comments about why he opposes gay marriage are based on the same Biblical bullshit that inspires the lunatics at the Westboro Baptist Church to picket funerals. The overall theme: “fags” must die.
If you missed it, in response to President Barack Obama’s announcement that he now “personally” supports gay marriage, Pacquiao told the National Conservative Examiner that he doesn’t agree with the president. He then cited Leviticus 20:13, telling the publication that “if a man lies with a man as one lies with a woman, both of them have done what is detestable. They must be put to death; their blood will be on their own heads” (see our post about 10 gays who could kick Manny’s ass here).
We’d like to think “Pacman’s” a slightly better human being than the WBC bozos, but his comments literally parrot the general message of Fred Phelps and his clan of kooks — the WBC’s web address is www.GodHatesFags.com, just to give you a small example.
We got to know the Phelps clan a little bit while working for the Voice’s sister paper the Phoenix New Times. The hardest part about talking to seasoned homophobes — from our experience — is that they try to rationalize their ramblings by ending every other sentence with “ya’ know?” As if we’re going to agree that something as heinous as picketing the funeral of a 9-year-old girl is a good idea.
The group quotes, and quotes (and quotes) the same Bible verse Pacquiao cites as his Biblical reason for opposing gay marriage. The WBC, however, argues that all “fags” must die. Pacquiao, on the other hand, just quoted the Bible — he didn’t say he wanted to kill homosexuals. Regardless, it was incredibly stupid for Pacquiao to cite that particular passage when discussing gay marriage — or anything.
One of the most despicable encounters we had with the WBC happened a few days after the shooting rampage in Tucson that nearly claimed the life of former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords — and did claim the lives of six people, including 9-year-old Christina Taylor Green.
We spoke to Shirley Phelps-Roper about the WBC’s plan to picket the funerals of several of the victims. She told us the following (keep in mind, at the time of this interview, about a quarter of Giffords’ skull had been removed and it wasn’t clear whether she’d survive the bullet that went “through [her] brain”):
Shirley Phelps-Roper, a leader with the group, says she plans to hold a “God on the Corner” demonstration — a play on the “Congress on the Corner” event held by Giffords on Saturday — in protest to the “rotten rebels” who are destroying America.
“I’m over here laughing,” a rambling and often-incoherent Phelps-Roper tells New Times. “You think you can run God off the corner with your stupid laws?”
Phelps-Roper even had the gall to make light of the injuries sustained by Giffords in the attack.
“She has the audacity to stand on the corner and talk about free speech? She should keep her lips off the Constitution,” Phelps-Roper says, “and now she will keep her lips off it.”
Phelps-Roper describes Giffords as an “arrogant pinhead who surrounds herself with fags and baby killers.”
As for the alleged shooter, 22-year-old Jared Loughner, Phelps-Roper considers him a “tool of God” used to rid the earth of the “rotten rebels.”
“God sent the shooter — that guy’s bat-shit crazy — but god sent him,” she says.
Phelps-Roper had some heinous things to say about [deceased federal Judge John Roll], as well.
She says, all federal judges should die after a judge in Baltimore, Maryland, ruled against her group in a free-speech case. She says all federal judges had a duty to stand up for free speech.
“That’s why that judge is dead,” Phelps-Roper says. “He doesn’t care about free speech.”
She says the group plans to protest his funeral, in addition to the funeral of 9-year-old Christina Green, who was killed in the attack. Phelps-Roper says she “look[s] forward to it.”
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We’re not saying Pacquiao’s as evil as the WBC jerks, but when you start talking about how homosexuals should die because the Bible says so, a comparison is going to be made.
As we’ve said in prior posts about Pacquiao’s stupid comments, we’ve contacted his representatives four times now (two emails and two phone calls). We wanted to give him a chance to explain whether he really thinks homosexuals should be killed. We’re yet to hear back.
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on May 16, 2012