'God Hates OZZY OSBOURNE'January 21, 2011
Kansas-based Westboro Baptist Churchhas announced plans to picket Ozzy Osbourne's January 22 concert at the Sprint Center in Kansas City, Missouri. What will presumably one of WBC's standard "peaceful sidewalk demonstrations" is meant to inform you that "God hates Ozzy Osbourne." In fact, WBC claims, "[Ozzy] promotes all the filth and rebellion he can and has the gall to call the Church of the Lord Jesus Christ 'evil' for warning this doomed world?"
The Westboro Baptist Church is described by the Wall Street Journal as a "tiny Kansas church… [that] … preaches that U.S. deaths in Afghanistan and Iraq are punishment for American's tolerance of homosexuality and abortion." As Examiner.com noted of the church, "their flamboyant demonstrations at the funerals of non-gay service members, using the events to highlight their belief that military deaths overseas are justified punishment for U-S tolerance of homosexuality. ('You're Going to Hell,' 'Thank God for Dead Soldiers,' and 'God Hates You' are popular Westboro slogans.)."
"I am sickened and disgusted by the use of 'Crazy Train' to promote messages of hate and evil by a 'church,'" Osbourne said last October in response to news that Westboro Baptist Church used lyrics from his song at events surrounding October 6, 2010 Snyder v. Phelps Supreme Court hearing. An attorney — a daughter of the church’s founder, along with her sister — paraphrased lyrics from Osbourne's "Crazy Train" at a post-Supreme Court hearing press conference in Washington D.C. (video and audio available below).
In a June 2010 appearance on the nationally syndicated radio show "Rockline", Ozzy blasted the Westboro Baptist Church's protest of Ronnie James Dio's funeral. "I thought it was in such bad taste that those people had those banners about Ronnie James Dio. That's disgusting. They say that we're the anti-christ. Well, what makes them any better?"
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