Thursday, March 11, 2010


Alan is arranging a counterprotest to what appears to be a vile, hate-filled anti-gay group. Click the link above if you are interested in joining him.


Alan Howe said...

More on the Westboro Baptist Church and their protests can be found at their charmingly titled website You Tube has several videos of their antics.

Andrew Stevens said...

Westboro Baptist is indeed vile. I'm surprised that you don't seem to have heard of it. I thought Fred Phelps was the most hated man in America and everybody had heard of him. On the bright side, they have no allies whatsoever. The left hates him for obvious reasons and the right hates him because he pickets military funerals with signs like "Thank God for IEDs" and "Thank God for Dead Soldiers" and stomps on the American flag.

Anonymous said...

The Westboro Baptists came to our town last Spring. They had shown up the year before at the funeral for a fallen soldier but this time it was something else that caught their attention.

The High School put on a play with a gay theme - maybe Matthew Shepherd?and the WB announced they were going to protest the school. Anyway the Episcopal priest aiming to be bishop (our old parish) injected himself into the argument through letters to the Editor. So the WB decided to protest him instead and moved the protest down the street.

No that I had to see. So I went in the role of viewer of insanity.

The Episcopal parish is on the boulevard (very posh street). On the lawn of the church they had about 20 parishoners lined up and looking up to Heaven while singing Our God Reigns as the church bells pealed. They were showing the WB big time by having their backs to them the whole time. Tough talk. Unfortunately one of the labradors in the line up kept breaking ranks and turning around to look at the WB and it's owner had to continuously stop singing to turn the dog around to face the parish.

Then on the sidewalk were the WB.

All 3 of them. They each held a sign and occasionally yelled unenlightened thinking with thick Southern accents. They really didn't have to do much because they had already accomplished so much with the drama queens on the parish lawn.

In the street were about 15 of our police officers - no doubt being paid overtime - directing traffic and keeping everyone in line.

Then on the sidewalk on the other side of the street were the kids from the play and some of their friends - maybe 35-40 all together. Now as far as protesters go, they seemed to have it down. They - taking a hint from Islamic protesters in England -wore scarves over their faces while holding signs and screaming hate is not a family value.

I hadn't had such a good laugh in some time.

Mrs. P

Alan Howe said...

Andrew, "you" refers to me? If so, I'm not sure how you came to believe that. The majority of people I have contacted in preparation for next Sunday had not heard of the group or its activities. Despicable and headline-grabbing as he is, Phelps and his church are not universally known. So, I am working to spread the word.

Phelps seems to stay away from the protests in most or all cases. It is his family and congregants who do most of the face-to-face work.

FLG said...


The "you" referred to me.

Andrew Stevens said...

Yes, I was referring to FLG. Phelps and Westboro were in the news an awful lot around 2004, if I remember correctly. The BBC even did a documentary on the Church called "The Most Hated Family in America" in 2007, though obviously it didn't get much coverage in this country.

While I certainly don't object to the counter-protest, I'm not certain if the best thing to do isn't to ignore them. The "Church" consists of just one big family (actually two families with a lot of intermarriage). It's basically a cult, except Phelps isn't charismatic enough to have attracted any cultists who aren't related to him. Obviously their whole gig is to get as much attention as possible and counter-protests help them to do that. On the other hand, giving them attention probably does no harm since their chance of getting converts is pretty much zero.

Alan Howe said...

Outnumbering them one hundred or more to one will send an appropriately supportive message to military families, I am convinced. Not least because I am one of them.

I appreciate any and all help in spreading the word.

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