This Comedian Has a Brilliant Proposal for the Westboro Baptist Church So They Don’t Picket Robin Williams’ Funeral

You may have heard by now that Westboro Baptist Church plans to protest at Robin Williams‘ funeral. (Because Jesus.)

Anyway, Australian comedian Adam Hills, who hosts the UK show The Last Leg, doesn’t want them to ruin the funeral so he made them a brilliant counteroffer:



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Christians on Twitter Call for Reform in How the Church Responds to Depression and Mental Illness

Growing up in evangelical Christianity, mental health problems (and even strong emotions) were often dismissed as “needing Jesus” instead of legitimate medical issues. Post-partum depression was written off as lack of faith in God’s calling to motherhood. Bipolar disorder was written off as a lack of self-control. OCD was dismissed as if it was normal. Anxiety was lack of faith and discipline in prayer. Suicide was a sin driven by selfishness. Grief was indulgent. Anger was sin.

As a result, those needing actual help from friends, therapists, mentors, family members, and other potential sources of support were isolated by the stigma and shame of their struggles.



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P.Z. Myers is (Surprise!) Unmoved By Suicide of “Wealthy White” Robin Williams

I’m not exactly Mr. Sunshine, so you might think the curmudgeonly grousing of atheist blogger P.Z. Myers would resonate with me.

It rarely does, and yesterday I was reminded why. In writing about the suicide of comedian Robin WilliamsMyers went from prickly to prickish in three seconds flat. Under the telling headline Robin Williams Brings Joy to the Hearts of Journalists and Politicians Once Again, Myers sneered that

[Williams’] sacrifice has been a great boon to the the news cycle and the electoral machinery — thank God that we have a tragedy involving a wealthy white man to drag us away from the depressing news about brown people.

Myers was referring to the killing of African-American teenager Michael Brown by police in Ferguson, Missouri, this past weekend.

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RIP, Robin Williams

Well, shit. Comedian, actor, and all-around lovable personality Robin Williams is dead. Paul Fidalgo reminds us that no amount of success can overcome depression regardless of what we think, and JT Eberhard offers an additional take on the mental health aspect of his passing.



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Baptist Church Cancels Man’s Funeral After Finding Out He’s Gay

When his husband Julion Evans died at age 42 of a disease called amyloidosis, Kendall Capers (below) did what any respectful partner would do. Honoring his husband’s family traditions, he planned for a funeral service at New Hope Missionary Baptist Church in Tampa, Florida, the congregation Julion’s family belongs to.

But the night before the funeral, Julion’s mother received a phone call from the church. The funeral was abruptly canceled after church officials saw Julion’s obituary listing Kendall as his “surviving husband.” The church refused to hold a service for a married gay man, calling it “blasphemous.”

And they told Kendall and Julion’s family the night before.

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