When the WBC was just anti-gay and just protested the funerals of people who died from complications related to HIV/AIDS, no one cared about what they were doing besides the queers (and Michael Moore). But then they started protesting funerals of The Troops and suddenly they got more attention then they could handle from the mainstream media. Everyone on the right and the left has said how much they hate them - there really is no one willing to stand up and defend the WBC on their merits now.
And now the KKK has counterprotested the WBC:
"It's the soldier that fought and died and gave them that right to free speech," said Dennis LaBonte, the self-described "Imperial Wizard" of the KKK group that he said he formed several years ago.
"That's fine," said Abigail Phelps, the daughter of Westboro Baptist Church founder Fred Phelps. "They have no moral authority on anything.
"People like them say it's white power ... white supremacy," Phelps said. "The Bible doesn't say anywhere that it's an abomination to be born of a certain gender or race."
LaBonte insisted he is not a racist nor a "hate-monger," but said he believes the white race is "slowly and most assuredly being denigrated."
I'm not going to partake in their little hate vs. hate debate, but I'll just point out that hating the WBC no long means anything at all any more. They are plain the most generally despised people in the country.
So, the next time Bill O'Reilly rants against them to show how patriotic he is or Peter Labarbera points to them to show us what actual homophobes look like (because apparently it's a degree, not quality sort of thing), just remember that even the KKK doesn't like the WBC. There's nothing virtuous in hating the WBC.