“Is someone getting the best, the best, the best, the best of you? Has someone taken your faith? It’s real, the pain you feel,” vocalist Dave Grohl of the Foo Fighters bolts out during “Best of You.” It seems like recently Westboro Baptist Church has been getting the best of all of us.
Fred Phelps. This is a man whose name is basically always given a negative connotation. He’s a man who is supported by a congregation that will do anything for Westboro, a church located in Topeka, Kansas. They protest military funerals. They protest gay funerals. They even protest concerts. And when they decided to protest the recent Foo Fighters concert held in my hometown of Kansas City, the Foo Fighters wouldn’t allow the gang of God supporters to get the best of them any longer.
Why protest a concert? I mean, there should be no reason to take the time out of your day to hold up signs that say “God hates fags.” These people preach hate. They have no respect for anyone. But the main problem: they follow the law. Phelps, who used to be a lawyer, makes sure that his “heralded” group of haters don’t do anything unconstitutional, or more importantly, unlawful. The one law that Westboro did break though, was the moral law.
The protest was in reaction to the promo video for their latest tour, with the Foo playing a creepy trucker ballad titled “Hot Buns.” Obviously there would be some controversy with this video. See for yourself:
I can tell that the Foo Fighters were just trying to be comical. I mean, come on, the video shouldn’t be taken seriously. But Phelps’ group reacted with arrogance once again, not only to this video, but with their own selfish opinion of a rock band that has captured the hearts of millions in the United States. The church said it would protest the Foo Fighters concert because “The entertainment industry is a microcosm of the people of this doomed nation: hard-hearted, Hell-bound, and hedonistic to the max. Every person with a platform should be using it to encourage obedience to God; instead, you teach all things contrary to Him: fornication, adultery, idols, fags.” Obviously they’ve never listened to a Foo Fighters song.
So, just like they did in Minneapolis after the bridge collapse, in Joplin after the destructive tornado hit, and after a man shot up a camp in Sweden this summer, they continued their routine of protesting from sidewalks, with nothing but smirks on their faces. Good thing they haven’t listened to a Whitechapel song, or those fans may have beat their faces in.
But the Foo Fighters were ready. They prepared a little sing-along for the disrespectful people-haters to clap their hands to. And I doubt those Westboro folks were too proud of themselves after Grohl put his heart on the table with this one-song pre-show, where the band played in the back of a truck wearing the same costumes from the “Hot Buns” video.
The Foo Fighters are the winners of this nonviolent battle. But the war will continue to rage on. Let’s not react with anger. Let’s all be Dave Grohls. Let’s be sincere, our true selves. Let’s prove that our country is strong and that we love every single person. We will not let these bigoted Christian fools try to tell us what’s right or wrong, nor will we let them reach into our lives and make us feel bad about the way we are. “My daddy said ‘keep it clean,’” said Grohl. Let’s keep it that way, and maybe someday they’ll go away.