WESTBORO BAPTIST CHURCH To Sing 'Crazy Train' Parody At JEFF HANNEMAN's Funeral
May 4, 2013
Kansas-based Westboro Baptist Church has announced plans to picket the funeral of SLAYER guitarist Jeff Hanneman, claiming that it will sing its "parody" of OZZY OSBOURNE's "Crazy Train" "at full voice" at the event.
Members of the Westboro Baptist Church — the fringe. group which continues to make headlines for its anti-gay protests at the funerals of U.S. soldiers regardless of their sexuality — first used lyrics from "Crazy Train" at events surrounding the October 2011 Snyder v. Phelps Supreme Court hearing. An attorney — a daughter of the church's founder, along with her sister — paraphrased lyrics from the song at a post-Supreme Court hearing press conference in Washington D.C.
"I am sickened and disgusted by the use of 'Crazy Train' to promote messages of hate and evil by a 'church,'" Osbourne said in response to the news reports.
Amazing, that's how God rolls Millions of people, drowning in woe Crazy, it's much too late To speak about love, when you brought on is hate Crying about your feelings, or your sin, no shame
You're going straight to hell, on a crazy train You're going straight to hell, on a crazy train
You listen to preachers, your leaders are fools You're raping false prophets, who make their own rules The base is ascending, to rule and control The media sells it, and you pay the toll
The station goes deceiving, their torment you in flames You're going straight to hell, on a crazy train
We've told you your destruction is imminent You should have listen to our words
Isn't God's fury?, That's forced onto them, The ruling rebellion, God is made to numb Crazy, the pride as you well Your birth will be brutal, he will say what is fair
God is not been sleeping, he's gonna bring the pain It's time for your finally ride on this crazy train [End of lyrics]
The audio of Westboro Baptist Church's "Crazy Train" "parody" can be streamed in the YouTube clip below.
In a June 2010 appearance on the nationally syndicated radio show "Rockline", Osbourne 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?"
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.)."
Jeff Hanneman died at about 11 a.m. on Thursday (May 2) near his Southern California home. He was 49. Hanneman was in an area hospital when he suffered liver failure. He is survived by his wife Kathy, his sister Kathy and his brothers Michael and Larry.