Drew Carey, currently the host of the daytime game show "The Price is Right," has become the latest target of the Westboro Baptist Church, which targets celebrity performances, funerals (even military funerals) for picketing and protest, all in the name of their anti-gay rhetoric.
An email obtained by Reverb indicated that the Westboro Baptist Church, or WBC, would picket “Price Is Right” host Drew Carey’s June 16 stand-up comedy performance at Comedy Works South in Greenwood Village, scheduled for Saturday June 16. The real issue, naturally, is that Carey's performance on Saturday night takes place during Denver PrideFest 2012. However, Comedy Works spokesperson Mel Gibson claimed that the two events were unrelated.
Gibson said, “It just happened to be the weekend Drew was available."
The email contained the following acerbic remarks directed at Carey. For example, it said that "Carey is a hater of Biblical proportions!”
Among others were: “If [Carey] had any love for anyone, he wouldn’t be pushing you down the path to Hell with both of his grubby hands.”
Another was that: “GOD HATES F*G-ENABLING, GOD-HATING, LYING PERVERT DREW CAREY”
Carey wasn't scared at the thought of a WBC protest. He Tweeted,
"Wait til the Westboro Baptist Church folks here my act. They'll never stop. ;) link to protest schedule btw http://bit.ly/av8QAX "
Indeed, you read that correctly: he Tweeted the schedule of WBC "events." In addition to Day One of the Denver Pridefest 2012, the WBC plans to protest on Day Two, the day after Carey's performance.
Westboro Baptist Church is led by pastor Fred Phelps, with most of the "parishioners" being members of his extended family. They have participated or threatened to participate in a number of hateful protests. Among them were protests at the funerals of military men returning from Afghanistan and Iraq. The protests, the WBC said, were done to show that the deaths of the military overseas were God's retribution against America for the tolerance that the country shows the LGBT community.
Following the Tucson Shootings in Jan. of 2011, Fred Phelps said he applauded the efforts of the shooter, Jared Lee Loughner. Loughner wounded 18, including then U.S. Rep. Gabrielle "Gabby" Giffords, and killed six, at a political event near a Tucson Safeway store. Among those dead were a Giffords' aide, a nine-year-old girl, Christina Taylor Green, and a federal judge, John Roll.
WBC even made plans to protest the Green's funeral, but Arizona passed a law preventing that protest.
WBC often makes threats and doesn't show. However, they also make threats and do protest, and there are also times when the local citizenry rises up to prevent these protests.
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