A message to Megan Phelps-Roper of the Westboro Baptist Church:
While we are touched that you are so fond of our album cover that your sister’s rendition of it was your best birthday surprise, we feel that there are a few things you should know. First, the person who made the original cover, one of our members, Lilah, is a rug munching queer. We have a ton of fag, dyke, and tranny friends, whom we love. Every member of our band has had premarital sex, feels great about that choice, and highly recommends it. We also do drugs. We do not believe that 9/11 was a blessing from God—it was a tragedy, which most of us believe was partially orchestrated by the U.S. government; likewise, the earthquake in Haiti was not a blessing from God, but an unspeakable tragedy in which our government among other entities is implicated.
We believe in many things, but not the Judeo-Christian god in its anthropomorphic, androcentric, monarchic conception. And we don’t think he’d hate us if he did exist.
So, you can keep enjoying our art and your sister can keep making you facsimiles of it, but we thought we should let you know what the implications are so that you don’t get dragged down with us into a mythological fiery pit.
Sons of an Illustrious Father
“Best birthday surprise — from my sister Gracie. Last May, I commented that I loved this album cover from Sons of an Illustrious Father. She remembered, and made it even better. Perfect. ♥ (The photo doesn’t do it justice at all. The texture is amazing.) A lovely reminder to strive to be the Proverbs 31 woman.”