Ten Ways to Deal with AA1 and the Wes...

Ten Ways to Deal with AA1 and the Westboro Cult

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“Liberal”

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#1 Mar 30, 2013
1. Strap on angel wings
Angel Action is an organization that helps counter-protesters organize and construct 10-foot-tall "wings" for protesters to wear, which are used to block the WBC members and their signs from view. The group was informally founded during the murder trial of hate-crime victim Matthew Shepard, who was tortured and killed in 1998.
2. Build a wall of humanity
At many funerals and events protested by Westboro Baptist Church, anti-WBC protesters will stand hand-in-hand to form a human wall around the venue to protect the victims' families or event attendees from seeing protesters, and also to prevent Westboro members from accessing the site.
3. Bring better singers
While they often sing at protests, the Phelpses are, it seems, not Foo Fighters fans. The church picketed a Kansas City Foo Fighters concert in 2011 because instead of using their fame "to encourage obedience to God,"
4. Don't fix a flat
In 2010, Army Sgt. Jason James McCluskey died in combat in Afghanistan. When WBC showed up to picket his funeral in McAlester, Okla., they were met with a mostly unremarkable counterprotest; people held their own signs and yelled across the street. But when Westboro's protesters tried to leave, they found that the tires of their minivan had been slashed. As they drove through town on shredded rubber and rims (followed by a police cruiser), it became clear that no person or business in McAlester was going to help them repair or replace their tires.
5. Turn the protest into an LGBT fundraiser
At almost every WBC protest venue, you'll find an equally-vocal group heavily armed with signs and message T-shirts and megaphones. What you don't often find is a real method for turning Westboro's presence into something positive.
6. Invite zombies
Eight Westboro members found themselves surrounded by several dozen zombies when the group showed up to protest at a Seattle-area military base in July 2011.
7. Invite other terrible people to steal some thunder . The Klan, who were cordoned off from the general protesting population, passed out flags and made it known that they were there in protest of WBC's anti-military message. And it looks like even the KKK is (You know you're beyond reprehensible when other terrible, terrible hate groups align with the public against you.)
8. Diversify the protest agenda
When six members of Westboro showed up at the University of Chicago to protest the school's employment of Barack Obama, more than 100 students organized various counterprotests, which ran through the duration of WBC's "visit."

9. Petitions!
Anonymous opened a WhiteHouse.gov petition to "legally recognize Westboro Baptist Church as a hate group." (They also released a list of WBC members' personal information, which is not at all a thing we advise being involved in.) Anonymous' motion is not the first and unlikely to be the last such petition, and it may even go unrecognized by the government (though it already had more than 207,000 signatures as of this writing). But it's worth noting that a hate group's actions — which include intimidation and harassment directed at a person, institution, or any other entity that "manifest evidence of prejudice based on race, religion, sexual orientation, or ethnicity" — may be investigated as domestic terrorism by the FBI.

10. Good old mockery
There are no shortage of examples of signs mocking the WBC. Large, funny, meaningful and/or well-placed signs can be effective in reducing Westboro's negative impact in a community, and though there are no records for this sort of thing, we doubt there has been a WBC protest that hasn't been mocked relentlessly by civic-minded citizens.

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#2 Mar 30, 2013
Over the past few days, Anonymous has been beating their virtual war-drums in the general direction of the Westboro Baptist Church. You probably already know exactly who the Westboro Baptist Church is, but if not, we made a documentary on it that you can watch here. They’re that group of extremist Christians who are famous for vile hate speech slogans like “God Hates Fags” that have earned them the ire of pretty much every rational human being on the planet.

After the unspeakably depressing mass murder at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut last Friday, Westboro drove its flag of awfulness even deeper into the cortex of basic civility, by announcing that they would be protesting the vigils for the victims of the Connecticut shootings in order “to sing praise to God for the glory of his work in executing his judgment." Executing his judgment against innocent children at the hands of an assault rifle wielding insane person? Holy shit, right? Well, certain members of Anonymous felt like that too, so they proceeded to launch a virtual offensive against the church, which led to the public service announcement embedded below and the release of personal information on Westboro Church leaders. As the robotic Anonymous voice says in the video: "We have seen your depraved methods of disseminating your message of hate throughout the United States of America... your hatred supersedes your faith... Since your one-dimensional thought protocol will conform not to any modern logic, we will not debate, argue, or attempt to reason with you."

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#3 Mar 30, 2013
Moe of Indy wrote:
Over the past few days, Anonymous has been beating their virtual war-drums in the general direction of the Westboro Baptist Church. You probably already know exactly who the Westboro Baptist Church is, but if not, we made a documentary on it that you can watch here. They’re that group of extremist Christians who are famous for vile hate speech slogans like “God Hates Fags” that have earned them the ire of pretty much every rational human being on the planet.
After the unspeakably depressing mass murder at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut last Friday, Westboro drove its flag of awfulness even deeper into the cortex of basic civility, by announcing that they would be protesting the vigils for the victims of the Connecticut shootings in order “to sing praise to God for the glory of his work in executing his judgment." Executing his judgment against innocent children at the hands of an assault rifle wielding insane person? Holy shit, right? Well, certain members of Anonymous felt like that too, so they proceeded to launch a virtual offensive against the church, which led to the public service announcement embedded below and the release of personal information on Westboro Church leaders. As the robotic Anonymous voice says in the video: "We have seen your depraved methods of disseminating your message of hate throughout the United States of America... your hatred supersedes your faith... Since your one-dimensional thought protocol will conform not to any modern logic, we will not debate, argue, or attempt to reason with you."
Your attempts to discredit me have no teeth, now that you have disgraced yourself by lying about a dead Navy SEAL. You have shown your true colors.
emtae

Greenwood, IN

#4 Mar 30, 2013
The best way to deal with Moe? Cut off the power to his mom's basement.

“Liberal”

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#5 Mar 30, 2013
Hey AA1, what is the sermon going to be at your church tomorrow?
The Union Buster

Indianapolis, IN

#7 Mar 31, 2013
Just call Obama up, He has WESTBORO ON HIS PAYROLL Like he has the OWS ALSO ON HIS PAYROLL AND CODE PINK STINK.
Pete Love

Indianapolis, IN

#8 Mar 31, 2013
It is going to about ruling the po folks !

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#9 Apr 1, 2013
just read his stuff and keep it current so everyone will know about this racist terrorist!

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#10 Apr 1, 2013
I get a good belly chuckle when I see AA1 accusing every post from people as being me. Wow, did I get in his head or what? I know now that if you want to back AA1 (Sheldon) down. you just make a call to his Meemaw and she will settle him down.

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