Jesse Helms’ casket might as well be on a rotisserie, because he’s spinning in his grave right now. Last Friday, a federal judge in North Carolina cleared the way for marriage equality in the state that the late Senator served so ignobly. Good thing that Helms, who called us “weak, morally sick wretches,” wasn’t alive to see it, because it would have killed him.
However, someone with a fine sense of poetic justice decided to send a message to Jesse in the great beyond. (We won’t speculate just where that might be.) Propped up against Helms’ tombstone was a newspaper heralding the advent of same-sex weddings in the state. We bet that Helms never expected to see that on his tombstone.
And just in case you think Helms is a relic of the past, here’s a reminder that he’s not. Sen. Ted Cruz, the beloved of the Tea Party, has said that “we need 100 more like Jesse Helms.” Apparently, that old time homophobia just won’t die.
Photo credit: Facebook/Chuck Nintzel
I would have thought a toilet marked his gravesite.
Appropriately placed newspaper on his stone.He must be spinning in his grave. However, I like the “toilet” idea. Rest in anger Jesse.
Sen. Ted Cruz, the beloved of the Tea Party, has said that “we need 100 more like Jesse Helms.”
We CAN absolutely guarantee that 100 more dead Jesse Helms would be most appropriate!
As a native North Carolinian who grew up hating Jesse Helms and all that he stood for, I can only stand back and applaud the photo and the men or women behind it.
Now if someone would be kind enough to direct me to the exact location of his gravesite, I’ll gladly add an HRC equality logo to his tombstone… or maybe a rainbow flag. 😉
Jesse Helms is Buried here 🙂 http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=28031146
North Carolina, USA
ah Helms. one of the most worthless bigots america has ever known. hilarious picture. it’s long been a dream to consume copious amounts of taco bell and take a dump on this man’s grave. this will sate me until that day 🙂
The newspaper is funny & not inappropriate but I hope the GLBTQ community can be bigger and better than to stoop to the grave desecration that seems to be mooted in these comments. Celebrate our progress & our new marriages not remember this dead old mans’s bigotry
“Not forgiven but forgotten” would probably have been the thing Helms would have hated the most – don’t feed the old ghost’s ego!
Oh look, it actually WAS over his dead body…
James, “grave desecration”? Nothing is sacred. Nothing.
I see Helms died July 4,2008 … What a great birthday present for the USA!
Vandalizing Helms’ grave would be perfect ammunition for his anti gay, anti choice bigot crowd. An alternate might be people having their photos taken at the grave holding signs / banners simply stating “WE WON!” This would work with one person or a hundred.
Don’t forget Fred Phelps in Topeka.
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