Canada. Our neighbor to the north is known for many traits such as a polite populous, cleanliness, and a stubborn insistence on overusing the letter 'u'. Still many in the US view Canada with warm regards and appreciate the shoppers crossing the border and helping out our struggling economy.
You may have heard the story of the vile crime committed by some mentally ill youngster stabbing and decapitating a random victim on a bus. While this story sends chills down the spines of even those with a thick skin there's more to this tale that even makes it more disgusting.
The Westboro Baptist Church is capitalizing on this news and planned a protest for the funeral of the poor lad claiming his death was a result of the Almighty's wrath. According to the pastor Fred Phelps and his intellectual simpleton congregation the good Lord feels that because Canada does not create a holocaust for homosexuals he decides to make people die in horrific manners.
This should be no surprise to anyone who watches the news as Phelps and his church have protested veterans funerals, victims of the Amish shooting, Katrina, etc. They're always attention whoring these events for their own twisted view of a complex book.
The Canadian border patrol decided not to allow the Westboro Baptist Church into their country. Canada's free speech laws are very different from our own and hate speech will not be protected. The ACLU will probably sue as they've represented Phelps and his brethren before and this of course will not stop him from trying this again (he's successfully picketed various events up there previously).
I've written about the issue of letting the WBC protest a long time ago and it's a complicated issue for most. While I somewhat salute the Canadian government for allowing the victim's loved ones to mourn in peace I kind of wish they'd let them in the country to face the wrath of a bunch of toothless hockey players who sport mullets.
Erik's Ramblings, your source for overused stereotypes.
"God doesn't hate them because they're fags; they're fags because God hates them." - Fred Phelps
Controversial U.S. church group stopped at border