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Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Thanks Fred (part two)


The Supreme Court ruled that any wacko with a sign can protest. But, it was eventually ruled that the protesters could be contained in an identified area. 




Even from the early onset of the Westboro protests, the counter protest movement had some legs. At Matthew Shepard’s funeral, a counter protesting group put on enormous angel wings and stood in front of the sign wielding homophobes. 


At other protests, to cover the sound of religious suppositions yelled at full vibrato, live bands would travel up and down the road on a tuck bed.  



Or, one my favorite counters, a motorcycle club, leathers and long hair, tailpipe facing into the containment area, revved their engines through the service. 



Then some brilliant individual started capitalizing.  A sizable amount of cash was collection and was donated to HIV research, LBTG rights group and charitable organizations offering support to gay runaways.  (Poor Fred. I bet you didn’t see that coming! Who says psychologically disturbed individuals aren't contributing to society?)



Here is the surreal part. The KKK took a public stand against Westboro. (Does it need to said that if your group is too wacky for the KKK, you might want to rethink your tactics.) During a protest at Arlington Cemetery, the two group were given separate hate-speech pens. The KKK claimed the moral high ground by supporting a portion of the military (and you know what portion). The Westboro Church claimed the moral high ground because, “The Bible doesn’t say anywhere that it’s an abomination to be born of a certain gender or race.”



I will freely admit I wouldn’t take the high ground with either the KKK or Westboro.  I would put the two groups into one pen to see how that worked out.



In addition, their church website continues to be hacked by the political action group Anonymous. They have instigated some vigilantly justice by publishing the members personal contact information and replacing articles and photos on the homepage to something less crazy, and typically pro gay.



It appears God didn’t build them a very good internet firewall.  


One unusual counter was the purchase of a house across the street from the church. 




It was painted in gay pride rainbow colors and offers a venue for gay advocacy. 



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