WBC Misspells Illiterate

George W. Bush famously said, “Rarely is the question asked: Is our children learning?” Not if they’re part of the Westboro Baptist Church, which sent out a press release announcing another one of their protests (which they probably won’t show up for, as usual) and misspelling the word “illiterate.”


As anyone who routinely gets email from the wingnuts can tell you, God clearly hates spelling. And punctuation. And proper capitalization.

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  • sigurd jorsalfar

    In WBC’s defence, when God wrote the bible he hadn’t come up with the idea of punctuation, case or even word spacing yet. So it’s not really fair to criticize WBC for not being entirely up to date on such new-fangled ideas.

  • grumpyoldfart

    The mugs in the pews probably noticed the mistake but didn’t have the courage to confront the old man about it.

    (Must be terrible to live in fear like that.)

  • Maybe they were being cleverly macaronic (rather than the usual moronic)

    ‘ille’ Latin ‘he and ‘rate’, the question being construed as ‘Does the US population rate as men’…

    or something…

  • Good FSM, I’m as bad as they are:

    Maybe they were being cleverly macaronic (rather than the usual moronic):

    ‘ille’ Latin ‘he’ and ‘rate’, the question thus being construed as ‘Does the US population rate as men?’…

    or something…

  • Reginald Selkirk

    They’re also wrong about this:


    If you bother to look up the relevant verses (Mark 1:1-12, Matthew 19:1-8, Luke 16:18) you will find that this is not entirely clear. These passages do very clearly reveal Jesus’ opposition to divorce, but a strict reading does not rule out polygamy.

  • nomennescio

    I bet it’s not an accident. That ad is doing exactly what WBC wants it to do – keep people talking about them.

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  • jakc

    Francesca, that’s more than 8 hours a day with no days off. You should increase her hourly rate in your next scam post

  • gerryl

    Reminds me of an ad printed on the inside of an old book of matches: “Illiterate? Write to this address for help.”

  • dingojack

    Eric – It works out to 8 hours, 4 minutes and 51.25 seconds a day (every day), or, assuming one doesn’t work weekends, that’s 11 hours, 18 minutes and 47.75 seconds every working day.

    Sounds a little more than ‘a few hours a day’ to me. *

    Maths, how does it work? @@



    * You want to be a slave to your bosses just so you can get a rubber cheque for $19,677?

  • dingojack

    Perhaps they going all Latinate. So they mean:

    ‘The US population is that (man) with|from|in|at a raft or float*’. Can’t you read?’



    ‘* Ille = that [m. sing. nom.] (hence the implied subject ‘a man’), and

    rate = with|from|in|at a float or raft. [f. sing. abl.] (from ratis, -is).

  • Speaking of illiteracy, I was just watching several minutes of Faux News at a Burger King, with subtitles in place of sound. And the subtitles didn’t just have a few typos here and there as I’d expect — they were totally fucking incoherent the whole time! I literally could not figure out what anyone was actually saying, either in the news items or in the commercials. What the fuck is wrong with those people?