George Vogel, a 62 year-old Omaha man, apparently shares my distain for those crazy fucks at the Westboro Baptist Church. He is accused of driving past a military funeral in Omaha, Nebraska with a can of pepper spray, and unloading it in the faces of the Westboro Baptist Church protesters outside.
I’m not one to condone violence, but I will say that I hope they got a good face-full of it.
Keep in mind, we’re talking about the nutjobs that go and protest at military funerals with signs saying things like, “Thank God for Dead Soldiers” and “AIDS Cures Fags.” If ANYONE deserves a great big chemical “fuck you” in the eyes, it’s these clowns.
Unfortunately, Mr. Vogel’s aim may not have been exactly precise. It’s not clear at this time whether the Westboro Baptist Church folks were the only ones hit by his attack — Omaha Police Dept. spokesman Michael Pecha couldn’t confirm whether any of the 16 victims were WBC protesters, counter-protesters that were present, or a combination of the two.
The possibility that innocent counter-protesters — there to peacefully denounce the Westboro Baptist Church fuckers — may have themselves been hit by pepper spray is what bothers me. That, and the fact that Vogel’s child was in the truck, exposing an innocent youth to inappropriate behavior on both sides (and the possibility of some spray accidentally hitting the child, too.)
You can read about the incident online if you’re interested in more details. In the mean time, let’s all remember not to stoop to the level of hateful douchebags like the Westboro Baptist Church, or to give them any legitimate reason to complain about people behaving indecently towards them in return.