There has been lots of Westboro Baptist Church violence and scandal over the years, by protesters, Church members, and their opponents. After pouring through the history of Westboro Baptist Church, here are the 10 craziest things the WBC has ever protested, the stupid protest signs they brought with them to the garbage party, why and what made the protests so unnecessary/insane.
ALL Of Their Nitpicky Anti-Gay Protests
Westboro Baptist Church of Topeka, Kansas is infamously known for picketing any event supportive of the gay community, including gay pride weeks, parades, etc. The group goes to an extreme in carrying out daily picketing in Topeka (six per day with fifteen on Sunday) and travels nationally to picket the funerals of gay victims of murder, gay-bashing, or people who have died from AIDS. They blame every tragedy in the world on homosexuals, and honestly believe that homosexuality should be considered a capital crime.
They protest gay funerals (as well as others), which is HIGHLY inappropriate, cruel and offensive, and even protest gay companies... but they take picketing to a whole new "6 degrees of Kevin Bacon" level with some of these next protests.
A 'WEIRD" EXAMPLE OR TWO:
WBC has even held protests at events that they imagine to relate to gay people, such as Kansas City Chiefs football games, Broadway musicals, as well as live theater and pop concerts claiming that these are "havens for homosexuality."
WBC even picketed a local appliance store because it sold Swedish vacuum cleaners—yes vacuum cleaners, which the church viewed as supportive of gays because of the Swedish prosecution of Åke Green, a pastor who was critical of homosexuality. According to WBC’s website, www.godhatessweden.com, Sweden as a country has a "filthy manner of life" due to the legalization of homosexuality in 1944 and the yearly "f*g pride parade." So if it's Swedish, God hates it.The video we have is a light-hearted one, because let's face it, we're only on item one and it's already the blackest of deathholes. So, if you want to see the tables turned on a Westboro Baptist Church man with "firm buttocks," start watching from 2:05 and give yourself a laugh. It'll brace yourself for the infuriating video that's coming up next.
Military Funerals, Funerals In General
FUN FACT: Recently, The Klu Klux Klan posted the following News Release regarding the Westboro Baptist Church. This disclaimer now lives on their website.
NOTE: The Ku Klux Klan, LLC. has not or EVER will have ANY connection with The "Westboro Baptist Church". We absolutely repudiate their activities.
The Ku Klux Klan, LLC.
How INSANE does your organization have to be to have the KU KLUX KLAN say "Ummm... yeah... we're not with them".
Anyway, moving on!
Westboro came into the national spotlight in 1998, when they were featured on CNN for picketing the funeral of Matthew Shepard, a young man from Wyoming who was beaten to death by two men because of his homosexuality. In fact, Westboro has a long record of protesting at the funerals of gay people since their inception.
In April 2008, Westboro picketed the funerals of three students who were killed in a house fire at the University of Wisconsin–Stout in Menomonie, Wisconsin, and in February 2009, the group protested at the funeral of a plane crash victim. Students from the nearby University at Buffalo and the Buffalo area held a peaceful counter protest, holding up white sheets to shield the victim's family from the "Phelpses" (a derogatory term for the WBC members, calling them the name of their founder, Fred Phelps). In 2006, they protested a memorial for victims of the Sago mine disaster claiming it was God’s punishment on the US for tolerating homosexuality.
In 2009 Westboro picketed the funeral of recording artist Michael Jackson after his death in June claiming a posthumous memorial of his career is really "worshiping the dead." Members of the Westboro Baptist Church recorded a song titled "God Hates the World", an adaptation of Jackson's "We Are the World."
As if protesting the funerals of tragic deaths of gay individuals was not extreme enough, the Phelpses moved on to protesting funerals of soldiers killed in the Iraq war. They send out fliers asking their supporters to demonstrate at the funerals to make statements about their attitudes toward homosexuality in the United States.
In July 2005 the WBC declared its intention to picket the memorial service of Carrie French, 19, who was killed in Iraq, where she served as an ammunition specialist. Phelps Sr. was quoted as saying, "Our attitude toward what's happening with the war is [that] the Lord is punishing this evil nation for abandoning all moral imperatives that are worth a dime."
In August 2005, the group protested at the funeral of soldier Edward Myers, who died in Iraq, and Shirley Phelps-Roper told a television reporter that Myers was "burning in hell." In 2006, WBC picketed the funeral of marine Matthew Snyder, who was killed in Iraq, with banners saying "God hates f*gs" and "Thanks God for dead soldiers".
On their website’s FAQ section, they wrote:
"These turkeys are not heroes. They are lazy, incompetent idiots looking for jobs because they’re not qualified for honest work.
They were raised on a steady diet of f*g propaganda in the home, on TV, in church, in school, in mass media – everywhere – the two-pronged lie:
1) It’s OK to be gay; and,
2) Anyone saying otherwise, like WBC, is a hatemonger who must be vilified, demonized, marginalized into silence.
Westboro's Online Protest of Lady Gaga
Recently, the fine people of the WBC went on to protest outside of a Lady Gaga concert in St. Louis with their infamous "God Hates" and "God Hates Lady Gaga" signs due to her support of gay rights. According to the WBC, she is a "gender-confused, self-loathing, tone-deaf hand basket" (what does that even mean??). The WBC also sent out a news release that wrote:
"'Art' and 'fashion' are the euphemisms, the guise under which proud whore Lady Gaga teaches rebellion against God (incidentally, her claim to the title of 'lady' is sound only if she tacks on 'of the night,' thereby alluding to another euphemism of what she is.) As much as she’d like to pretend otherwise, there’s nothing new or different about this particular hussy’s pretentious prancing. Does the simple s**t truly think that she can change God’s standards by seducing a generation of rebels into joining her in fist-raised, stiff-necked, hard-hearted rebellion against Him? Get real!"
Even as she gives lip-service to 'liberating' her young fans, Lady Gaga brings them into slavery to their own corruption, teaching them to glory in their shame. She hates you! 'For when they speak great swelling words of vanity, they allure through the lusts of the flesh, through much wantonness…While they promise them liberty, they themselves are the servants of corruption!' 2 Pet. 2:18-19
YOU’RE GOING TO hell.
Sure, this seems like just another gay protest, but this time they did it online... and they also made a video (embedded to the left) where they are trying to be funny. That's right, The Westboro Baptist Church took a crack at comedy and failed. Miserably. Which is hilarious. Check out the video to the left.
In response, Gaga tweeted to her fans:
"At the risk of drawing attention to a hateful organization, I would like to make my little monster fan aware of a protest being held outside the Monsterball in St.Louis tonight. Although we have had protesters before, as well as fundamentalists at the show this group of protesters are hate criminals and preach using lude and violent language and imagery that I wish I could protect you all from. Their message is of hatred and divisiveness, but inside at the Monsterball we preach love and unity. My request to all little monsters and public authority is to pay these hate criminals no mind. Do not interact with them, or try to fight. Do not respond to any of their provocation. Don't waste your words, or feelings, no matter what you hear or see. You are more fortunate and blessed than they are, and in your heart just pray for them. Although I respect and do not judge anyone for their personal views on any politics or religion, this group in particular to me, is violent and dangerous. I wanted to make my fans aware of my views on how to approach, or rather not approach, these kinds of hate activists. Be inspired to ignore their ignorant message, and feel gratitude in your heart that you are not burdened or addicted to hate, as they are."
Gaga, taking the high road, asked her fans to not be bothered by the protests, and instead, just enjoy the night with her.Good for her. We're...not as nice. Instead, we're going to take th low road--the lowest road there is, and post Westboro's "Pokerface" video for you to judge and laugh at. This video is an off-key karoake disaster with dance moves so bad, it will send you straight to hell.
Westboro Baptist Church Pickets Twitter
Another target of these sane, reasonable people was the brand new headquarters of Twitter in San Francisco. The cult says that they weren’t protesting "against" Twitter, but encouraging Twitter to "serve God."
Megan Phelps-Roper, granddaughter of Pastor Phelps, tweeted:
"Don't be silly! We're not protesting Twitter as a platform; that's like picketing television! =) We're picketing the people who run @Twitter, who don't use their position & voice to warn a generation of rebels of the consequences of their rebellion."
The Bay Area responded with their own rallies at Lowell High School, Gunn High School, and Stanford University. (This video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rVvR7G-blvA&feature=player_embedded)This one seemed like an effort akin to when you check the refrigerator every 5 minutes just be cause you're bored.