In times of tragedy, we can always depend on the Westboro Baptist Church to make horribly insensitive and completely uncalled-for remarks that remind everyone just how awful they are. And yesterday’s bombing at the Boston Marathon is no different.
At 2:30 Monday afternoon, two explosions went off near the end of the annual marathon, the world’s oldest, which had gathered some 23,000 runners this year alone.
According to CNN, three people — including an 8-year-old boy — were killed, while at least 144 were hospitalized. Of those, 17 are in critical condition, 25 are in serious condition and at least eight of the patients are children. Numerous victims had to have their limbs amputated.
Police have no suspects in custody, but federal authorities are classifying it as an act of terrorism.
“We will get to the bottom of this,” President Obama said, speaking from the White House. “We will find who did this, and we will find out why they did this. Any responsible individuals, any responsible groups will feel the full weight of justice.”
In response, the WBC filled their Twitter feed with the vitriol we have all come to expect and know by now that is best to simply ignore. Just a taste of their specific brand of hate:
— Westboro Baptist (@WBCSays) April 16, 2013
Meanwhile, Boston Pride chose a different route and sent a message of hope and support to those affected by the explosion:
As members of a community that loves and cherishes the city of Boston, our thoughts are with those impacted by today’s tragedy at the Boston Marathon – those who were injured or killed, the runners, the Boston Athletic Association, residents, spectators, and others. If you are looking for someone that was at the Boston Marathon you can call The Mayor’s Hotline at 617.635.4500. Also, if you saw something or have any information that could help please call the TIP LINE at 1.800.494.TIPS (8477).
Many people have opened up their homes and are offering help anyway they can, including Google, which has set up a Person Finder for those looking for or having found someone lost in the resulting confusion.
Westboro can continue their neverending diatribe against “fag marriage” but their calls fall on increasingly deaf — and frankly, fed-up — ears.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to the victims of the bombing.
Photo: Twitter user Nadia Neophytou