The New York-based Satanist Temple traveled to the grave of Fred Phelps’ mother in Meridian, Miss., to stage a “pink mass,” a same-sex ritual celebrating gay love. The ritual is believed to change the sexual orientation of a deceased person during the afterlife.
Spokesman Lucien Greaves put on horned headgear as two male couples and a female couple recited scripture, lit candles and made out over the grave. Greaves then put his penis on the grave’s headstone (photos are on The Gauntlet website).
"Upon completion of the pink mass ceremony, Catherine Johnston is now gay in the afterlife," the Satanic Temple claimed on its website www.westboro-baptist.com.
“Fred Phelps is obligated to believe that his mother is now gay ... (and) if beliefs are inviolable rights, nobody has the right to challenge our right to believe that Fred Phelps believes that his mother is now gay," the website continued.
Phelps is the leader of the Westboro Baptist Church, a fundamentalist Christian congregation in Topeka, Kan., that’s famous for picketing the funerals of celebrities, victims of disaster and U.S. soldiers killed in combat. The pickets, which feature signs that read, “God hates fags,” are intended to draw attention to Phelps’ belief that the nation is in a state of grievous sin for tolerating homosexuality.
The Satanists decided to stage a counter-protest by after WBC members threatened to picket funerals for victims of the Boston Marathon bombings, according to ABC News.
“I don’t care whether you’re dancing on a grave, in a hot air balloon, or standing on Mt. Kiliminjaro, homosexuality is a sin. And the punishment fixed for that sin is the death penalty,” Westboro spokesman Steve Drain told ABC.