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Westboro Baptist Church (WBC), a small anti-gay, anti-Semite group of haters based in Hell, I mean Kansas, came out of their hole yesterday, just hours after the Boston bombings, to damn us all. While writing this story and doing research, I decided to take a look at their website (quite disturbing as you might expect). I saw that they had just released a statement which will be made into flyers, saying they plan to picket the funerals of those who died in the Boston bombs. On their site, GodHatesFags.com, they claim have picketed over 50,000 funerals. Yesterday, they said the Boston bombings were due to Boston’s equal-marriage laws — except that’s not what they called the laws. This despicable group couldn’t even wait one day after the tragedy without damning the three victims who have died, including an eight-year-old boy. Westboro Baptist Church got on Twitter within hours to spew their special brand of hate, throughout social media and the world. That’s what they do. [Note: as of this writing their site with the statement above was down...

The group formed in 1991 under the direction of ‘Pastor’, Fred Phelps, and came into national spotlight in 1998 when they were featured on CNN. Westboro Baptist Church picketed the funeral of Matthew Shepard, a young man from Laramie, Wyoming who was beaten to death by two men because of his homosexuality. Since then, the WBC has attracted attention for many more actual and planned funeral pickets. On their site, they claim to have picked over 50,000 funerals.

Here is a sample of this church’s ‘love’:

If anything good can come from the Westboro Baptist Church, (They have been banned in UK) it is that they seem to bring other religions and political parties together. The Baptist church denounces them, as do many other religions. Bill O’Reilly calls them,"Evil and despicable" and I’d bet I would be hard-pressed to find a Democrat who would disagree. (Call it a hunch.) The bottom line is WBC often crosses the lines of  human and moral decency.
Here are some samples of yesterday’s Westboro Baptist Church (WBC) Loving Tweets:

Westboro Baptist@WBCSays
@NBCNews: #BostonMarathon explosion aftermath: How you can help? Only help: Say reinstate Death Penalty for Fags! Stop proud sin & #ObeyGod

Westboro Baptist@WBCSays
@cnnbrk #Obama: “We’ll find out who did this. We’ll find out why they did this #Boston Who: God Almighty! Why: USA WBC for saying #NoFags

Westboro Baptist@WBCSays
“@Nightline:Kids Hit Hard by Boston Marathon Explosionsabcn.ws/YqZLeu” cry me a river!#4KMurderedEachDayInDoomedusa

Westboro Baptist@WBCSays
There were 8 year olds in Sodom, “but the same day that Lot went out of Sodom it rained fire & brimstone from heaven, & destroyed them all.”

Westboro Baptist@WBCSays
USA must institute death penalty for fags/dykes, or violence will fully consume u! #GodSentTheBomber #GodIsNotMocked!#GodH8sFagMarriage

So here we are again, with Westboro Baptist Church. Where might be, the bad-ass-truth-seeking, Anonymous, who sent a video message to WBC  back in December. That’s when WBC was picketing Sandy Hook victims. Ironically, yesterday’s Boston Marathon was to honor the children who died in the Sandy Hook massacre. So I’m hoping Anonymous will show up again to give WBC a refresher course on manners. (Never with violence.) They recently ‘showed up’ to expedite the lagging judicial systems for America’s Steubenville rape case, and Canada’s Rehtaeh Parsons’ rape and suicide case. And while doing some research for this story, I also read some recently released information: Anonymous apparently brought down North Korean websites–for a second time. They get around, they do. Below is the audio clip that was sent to Westboro Baptist Church by Anonymous. It’s good. It’s very good.
I’d call Anymous and ask them to please give WBC a shout, but well, I don’t know their number, and they’re not listed.  (I have a feeling they are already ‘on it’.)

Originally posted to Leslie Salzillo on Tue Apr 16, 2013 at 12:59 PM PDT.

Also republished by Anonymous Dkos.

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  •  Maybe somebody should start picketing WBC... (4+ / 0-)

    ...with the same message.

    Boehner Just Wants Wife To Listen, Not Come Up With Alternative Debt-Reduction Ideas

    by dov12348 on Tue Apr 16, 2013 at 01:04:09 PM PDT

  •  we should just let the kids... (6+ / 0-)

    from Southie take care of them.

    I sing praises in the church of nonsense, but in my heart I'm still an atheist, demanding sense of all things.

    by jbou on Tue Apr 16, 2013 at 01:05:37 PM PDT

    •  They are a scam (8+ / 0-)

      An ugly, cynical scam. This is the only explanation that makes sense of their ugly shit.

      They try and piss people off then sue anyone who touches them. Also sue local cops for not protecting them. They are very good at pissing people off, having honed it to a fine art; perforance art if you will. They've been making a pretty good "living" that way for years now.

      They should not be engaged. Forget about the kids in Southie or anything else that the riled up are saying. They should be engulfed and ignored, so no one knows they are there. Like how Gandhi might treat them. That's how you win - I've seen it in action in Nashville some time back, when a friend was in the middle of organizing a reaction to them.

      Have such a big crowd determined to ignore them and they become irrelevant. It's the tried and true way to deal with them. (Even if the song is obnoxious, too, the slide show from Nashville shows how it worked well here.)

      Mark Twain: It ain't what you don't know that gets you into trouble. It's what you know for sure that just ain't so.

      by Land of Enchantment on Tue Apr 16, 2013 at 01:59:24 PM PDT

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  •  Let 'em come. (7+ / 0-)

    I suspect that these idjits have never encountered pissed off Bostonians before.  Say goodbye, idjits.

  •  Of course they said that (5+ / 0-)

    Of course they will (at least threaten to) picket victim funerals. It almost goes without saying. It probably could have gone without saying - including the lengthy samples of tweets.

    Actually, their schtick is getting stale, old and tired.  They need to do something different to freshen up their brand.

    "No one life is more important than another. No one voice is more valid than another. Each life is a treasure. Each voice deserves to be heard." Patriot Daily News Clearinghouse & Onomastic

    by Catte Nappe on Tue Apr 16, 2013 at 01:09:17 PM PDT

  •  I think it's time we stop giving them the (4+ / 0-)
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    sfbob, Catte Nappe, jennyp, lazybum

    publicity. They never show up to the things they claim they're going to show up to if they get no publicity.

    I'd like to start a new meme: "No means no" is a misnomer. It should be "Only 'Yes' means yes." Just because someone doesn't say "No" doesn't mean they've given consent. If she didn't say "Yes", there is no consent.

    by second gen on Tue Apr 16, 2013 at 01:24:41 PM PDT

    •  They used to have shock value (2+ / 0-)
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      Vetwife, second gen

      There is less and less of that. Their approach has gotten stale, and they are increasingly the punch line of jokes.

      "No one life is more important than another. No one voice is more valid than another. Each life is a treasure. Each voice deserves to be heard." Patriot Daily News Clearinghouse & Onomastic

      by Catte Nappe on Tue Apr 16, 2013 at 01:43:25 PM PDT

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      •  they work for the Devil...Anyone with faith (0+ / 0-)

        should douse them with HOLY WATER and pray those demons out... I think that is worth a whole new Faith Based Initiative.  Can you imagine the contributions we could get not to mention making them look more foolish than they already do  TO HAVE EVERY person of every faith praying for THEM demons.  At last, people could agree on 1 thing politically and religiously...RID the demons from Westboro Church !

        We the People have to make a difference and the Change.....Just do it ! Be part of helping us build a veteran community online. United Veterans of America

        by Vetwife on Tue Apr 16, 2013 at 02:01:55 PM PDT

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    •  Sadly they do show up. All too often. They have (0+ / 0-)

      been banned in the UK. Wish we could ban them here, but under 1st Amendment, I doubt that will happen. However we can continue to make new laws that discourage such groups and keeping them at a greater distance from grieving families.

      http://en.wikipedia.org/...

      In the face of darkness - be the light.

      by Leslie Salzillo on Tue Apr 16, 2013 at 03:11:04 PM PDT

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      •  They don't show up in any sort of numbers (0+ / 0-)

        to make any difference. Most towns isolate them to a small cordoned off area, and they're usually nothing more than a blip. They depend on outraged people to make them famous.

        I'd like to start a new meme: "No means no" is a misnomer. It should be "Only 'Yes' means yes." Just because someone doesn't say "No" doesn't mean they've given consent. If she didn't say "Yes", there is no consent.

        by second gen on Tue Apr 16, 2013 at 03:16:52 PM PDT

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        •  They've been in around since 1991 and in (0+ / 0-)

          the news since sweet Matthew Shepard's funeral in 1998. They have't gone away with or without the publicity. I'm damned (no pun intend) if I can think of a solution right now. I feel they should be exposed for their anti-gay, anti-semite and hate speech they're allowed to promote online and in public.

          In the face of darkness - be the light.

          by Leslie Salzillo on Tue Apr 16, 2013 at 04:51:42 PM PDT

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          •  And please know, I am not contradicting. I see it (0+ / 0-)

            from another view. I think we are all in sync about the kind of people they are. I'm afraid even they do away, they will most likely reinvent themselves under another name.

            In the face of darkness - be the light.

            by Leslie Salzillo on Tue Apr 16, 2013 at 10:18:58 PM PDT

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  •  Does WBC get the "church" deduction? (2+ / 0-)
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    lazybum, Leslie Salzillo

    Can we contact IRS to get it removed from them because they are a political campaign (or terrorist organization) and not a religious group?

    I reject your reality and substitute my own - Adam Savage

    by woolibaar on Tue Apr 16, 2013 at 01:45:41 PM PDT

  •  Westboro exists for this kind of stuff (1+ / 0-)
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    gramofsam1

    The best advice I can offer is to ignore them. They won't go away, and they won't cause any more discomfort than you allow them.

    They are complete attention whores, who fart out their little excrescences to poison the atmosphere, just like any other obnoxious juvenile. Something the Westboro folks aren’t talking a whole lot about is the recent defections from their compound of some of Papa Fred’s descendants, who are as sick and tired of the non-stop garbage peddled out of Wichita as the rest of the country.

    If you feel you absolutely must engage these trolls, I suggest studying the numerous You Tube videos of WBC confrontations to see what works and what doesn’t. They revel in being taken seriously; it makes them feel real. Ridicule and indifference makes the folks at Westboro feel like they don’t exist, and they’re far more afraid of that than any fires of their so-called hell.

    •  I understand, I do. People used to say that (0+ / 0-)

      about Rush Limbaugh long ago, "Ignore him! - he'll go away." But he didn't. He's lasted over two decades. Finally the public is speaking out and doing something. And he is losing. 2,600+ sponsors have left his show with the boycott.

      More awareness is being brought to hate radio, which is suffering financially, within itself. So when I see this kind of hate by Westboro being spewed and allowed to hurt/cause anger to grieving families, I find it hard to sit back and ignore them, because with all the haters out there, Westboro could grow and build more hate - as did Limbaugh.

      It seems more can be done. I don't know what yet, other than expose them and find legal ways to keep them down. If you visit their site, GodHatesFags.com, they are clearly a  hate group and I thought their were laws in place for that, yes? I need to more research. I appreciate this feedback.

      In the face of darkness - be the light.

      by Leslie Salzillo on Tue Apr 16, 2013 at 04:41:31 PM PDT

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      •  I've been dealing with them for years (1+ / 0-)
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        Leslie Salzillo

        From Gay Pride Parades in Portland in the 1990s, to a human rights conference in Illinois and my church's annual conference in Kansas City in the early 2000s. Their message and method never varies, never changes. They want to provoke a response, at which point they go scurrying off and sue people.

        In Kansas City, our pastor hit on the expedient that since bigotry is thirsty work, we'd offer them cool drinks (hot, humid muggy summer day in early July). We bought an assortment of soft drinks from street vendors and offered them to the Westboro folks. They didn't much like that. We took pictures of their folks filming us. They didn't like that, either. After about 20 minutes (which I was informed was a pretty short demonstration time for them), they packed up and drove off. Although they refused to take the drinks from our hands, we noticed that they picked up every last one of them before skedaddling.

        Westboro is on its way out. They're losing their next generation, and since their opposition has declined to fund their antics through lawsuits (by refusing to sink to their level), their funds are drying up, too. Their power only extends as far as their audience lets it.

  •  Phelps hates God (0+ / 0-)

    Quidquid id est, timeo Republicanos et securitatem ferentes.

    by Sura 109 on Tue Apr 16, 2013 at 08:02:50 PM PDT

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