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American diseases descend on Amsterdam plane crash victims

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The Westboro Baptist Church, an American sect known for promoting the Christian God’s stance on homosexuality (it would appear he frowns upon it), has announced (PDF) it will picket the funerals of Dutch persons “killed at [the] Amsterdam plane crash.” No divine inspiration there, I am afraid. Yahweh forgot to tell the church there were no Dutch nationals among the dead. But these statements appear par for the course for the devout, as the church has also announced Turks will get the same treatment (PDF).

Meanwhile the radio this morning reported (RTV-NH, no written story available, yet) that at least two so-called American ‘ambulance chasers’, lawyers who try to represent accident victims, have been harassing the victims of the Turkish Airlines plane crash.

There’s a phrase the Dutch use for the extravagances we associate with the USA: ‘Amerikaanse toestanden’ (American situations). And the reason we apply that label is because we want no truck with them. Rare though is the time the Americans actually try and export their ‘situations.’

Photo of a citizen, a comb-over and a card by flickr.com user k763, some rights reserved.

13 Comments »

  1. “God hates the morally depraved and filthy Netherlands people”?

    Surely this is a hoax? it doesn’t sound like it was written by a native English speaker, even one possibly speaking in tongues.

    By the way, I can’t wait to see quotes from that press release on T-shirts all over Amsterdam this summer.

    On the other hand, there might be copyright problems with “God hates Holland”. Surely that’s the job of the Belgians and the Germans?

    In the meantime, Netherlands people, keep up the good work.

    Comment by Belgian Uncle — February 27, 2009 @ 10:55 am

  2. As far as I can tell the site’s for real, Belgian Uncle.

    In the meantime, Netherlands people, keep up the good work.

    We’ll DOB DOB DOB.

    Comment by Branko Collin — February 27, 2009 @ 11:11 am

  3. 1) I think it could be a hoax, but who knows.

    2) As we said back in Canada during the 1st Bush admin, “Hate is not a family value”.

    Comment by Orangemaster — February 27, 2009 @ 11:14 am

  4. God hates turkey

    Would that be the reason Americans stuff themselves with it at Thanksgiving?

    Comment by Eric — February 27, 2009 @ 2:23 pm

  5. Yeah, well these folks are relentless in their hate crimes, aren’t they? They threaten to disrupt funerals, but often don’t show up. Like Geert Wilders, they crave media attention to assist in promoting their agenda.

    Comment by Jay Vos — February 27, 2009 @ 3:05 pm

  6. Step back for a minute and recognize that these “believers” attribute lethal accidents and natural disasters specifically to God’s condemnation of gays. Huh? It doesn’t say THAT in the Bible, that God is an interventionist who punishes evil-doers but it does say God prohibits killing people, coveting your neighbor’s wife and coveting your neighbor’s possessions. So why do our intellectually challenged friends from Kansas think that the punishment being meted out by God is about the gays instead of about the philandering possession-coveting neighbors?

    I’m sorry some American’s are so fucking stupid. It pains me to no end.

    Their hatred and stupidity is born of ignorance and fear.

    Comment by Neil — February 27, 2009 @ 4:34 pm

  7. Ironically ‘Amerikaanse toestanden’ actually cause some Americans to live here, because their overly religious nation does not allow them to live in the VS with foreign spouses of their own gender. The Germans call it Amerikanisierung. Personally, I’m for everyone applying fewer labels.

    Comment by Chris — February 27, 2009 @ 4:57 pm

  8. What astonishes me time and again besides the unclassifiable level of stupidity is the time and energy religious fanatics have. How do they do it?

    And when the Dutch see something American they like, they praise it and when they don’t they insult it. They play both sides when it suits them. It’s really effing annoying.

    Comment by Orangemaster — February 27, 2009 @ 5:09 pm

  9. We could take Geert Wilders argument about the Koran and apply it to the Bible. I’m not saying Islamic extremism that takes the form of murder is comparable to what the Kansas Gay-Haters are doing, I’m just saying that a comparison of their righteous indignation is the root of both.

    Comment by Neil — February 27, 2009 @ 11:17 pm

  10. If they come here I will make sure they get egged… Or worse. Get the fuck out of our country and get back to creepy America.

    Best wishes to all wounded as well as their family and the family of the deceased.

    Comment by Me Mr. M — February 28, 2009 @ 1:13 pm

  11. Me Mr M, Did you see that the British have told them they are not welcome in Britian and they will be put back on the plane if they land there. The US and Netherlands chose to accommodate more free speech than Britain. You can say any kind of crazy thing here but if you incite others to kill or cause mayhem, you will be prosecuted.

    Comment by Neil — February 28, 2009 @ 11:08 pm

  12. And when the Dutch see something American they like, they praise it and when they don’t they insult it.

    Yes, that’s called having an opinion.

    Comment by Branko Collin — March 2, 2009 @ 4:01 pm

  13. “And when the Dutch see something American they like, they praise it and when they don’t they insult it. ”

    Yes, that’s called having an opinion.”

    Yes Branko, but you should know that’s hardly what Orangemaster meant.

    And Neil, please spell the plural of ‘American’ with the ‘s’ attached (without the apostrophe) – it makes you sound Dutch.

    PS Anyone seen the commercial for pizza by the brand of
    “Big Americans” (without the apostrophe…. either it’s the same mistake Neil’s making, or it’s a big hoot)

    Comment by Petra — March 7, 2009 @ 4:05 am

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