Ireland has "absolutely failed its duty to God,” claims a website run by the notoriously anti-gay Westboro Baptist Church.
Based in Topeka, Kansas, the God Hates Ireland website has been created by the fundamentalist group to “expose Ireland as the Emerald (now Pink) Isle of the Sodomite Damned, saturated with fags and dykes at every level of society and government.”
Founded by pastor Fred Phelps, one of the most-infamous former students of Bob Jones University, the independent Baptist Church has targeted Ireland via their website for permitting legal equality for gay people.
In the video on the website, young church members are pictured jumping up and down on the Irish flag and screaming obscenities about Ireland.
One young woman appears to be dancing an Irish jig on the flag, while another sings about spitting on it.
Phelps does not confine his harsh words to Ireland. God, he claims, hates the entire world, including his own country, the United States.
The Westboro church’s daily anti-gay protests are driven by Phelps' view that the United States is “a sodomite nation of flag-worshiping idolaters.”
But Phelps has a troubled past himself. Two of his sons, Mark and Nate, have alleged that their father is a child-abuser who repeatedly beat them with a leather strap and a mattock handle (similar to an axe handle) when they were boys.
The Westboro Baptist Church has also thanked God for the deaths of U.S. soldiers, and have picketed some funerals.
Since 1991, they have staged 41,226 demonstrations opposing gays and any person, group or nation they feel is remotely associated with them.