Here's an incongruous image: a Westboro Baptist Church member holding virulently homophobic signs... while wearing a Glee T-shirt.
Yes, this actually happened.
According to the Flickr user who posted the photo, the woman told us she didn't know anything about the shirt, but that her sister gave it to her when they headed out this morning. Which raises the question: is her sister unaware that Glee is the most gay-friendly show on prime-time television, or is her sister a closet queer trying to sabotage the church's homophobic mission?
It might be the most interesting question the Westboro Baptist Church has ever raised.
The church -- which consists mostly of the members of a single Kansas family, the Phelpses -- is known for picketing the funerals of American soldiers and claiming that their deaths are God's punishment for the United States' supposedly gay-friendly policies. It first entered the national spotlight when its members picketed the funeral of Matthew Shepard, a young gay man who was brutally murdered outside Laramie, Wyo., in 1998.
It's probably too much to hope for that the Westboro Baptist Church will ever go away, but it does seem to be having a harder time staging its protests without public interference or, in this case, wardrobe malfunctions.
In April, for instance, when church members showed up in Brandon, Miss., to picket the funeral of a staff sergeant killed in Afghanistan, the county sent pickup trucks to the parking lot of the hotel where the protesters were staying and parked them behind any car with a Kansas license plate. Then the drivers conveniently abandoned the trucks until the funeral was over, preventing most WBC members from leaving the hotel.
The few members who managed to get to the funeral were taken to the local police precinct for questioning about their potential involvement in a crime -- and then released without charge after the funeral had ended.