'Pennies in Protest' - Counter WBC De...

'Pennies in Protest' - Counter WBC Demo in Richmond

There are 12 comments on the queersunited.blogspot.com story from Mar 2, 2010, titled 'Pennies in Protest' - Counter WBC Demo in Richmond. In it, queersunited.blogspot.com reports that:

The hateful Westboro Baptist Church better known as the "God Hates Fags" group will be protesting several locations in Richmond Virginia today.

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“Nothing but me”

Since: Apr 08

Kansas City

#1 Mar 2, 2010
Since ignoring them isn't working - making their protests a boon to equality is a brilliant way to deal with the Phelps cult

Since: Apr 07

Philadelphia, PA

#2 Mar 2, 2010
Oh, it's not going to work to ignore *ANY* of this. I recently read an opinion on the way some gay rights groups act as if they "don't want to dignify" people by giving their protests or arguments attention. The editorial made the case that it is *essential* not to ignore these things, as the opposite is true: Ignoring them gives them legitimacy; countering them removes their legitimacy.

This type of fundraising is an excellent idea; I would only add that it it should become habit and be *WIDELY* publicized. In other words, the "westboro persons" (I cannot refer to these people without putting the word "person" in quotes) will *screechingly* deny that they are contributing in any way to the fundraising. Therefore, the logic strikes me that it would be *extremely* effective to ignore *THIS SINGLE* opinion on their part, publicizing these events as if the "westboro people" are raising funds for gay causes, but making very, very clear that they are not doing so willingly.

Think about it.

If you were the "westboro people," what in the name of god would piss you off more?

Since: Jan 07

Ann Arbor, MI

#3 Mar 2, 2010
rdg1234 wrote:
This type of fundraising is an excellent idea; I would only add that it it should become habit and be *WIDELY* publicized. In other words, the "westboro persons" (I cannot refer to these people without putting the word "person" in quotes) will *screechingly* deny that they are contributing in any way to the fundraising. Therefore, the logic strikes me that it would be *extremely* effective to ignore *THIS SINGLE* opinion on their part, publicizing these events as if the "westboro people" are raising funds for gay causes, but making very, very clear that they are not doing so willingly.
Think about it.
If you were the "westboro people," what in the name of god would piss you off more?
Old news, really. The practice was started several years ago right here in Ann Arbor by the partner of a local restaurant owner. It's been pretty broadly circulated within the community of activists, but getting the news people to report on it is another thing.

Since: Mar 09

Location hidden

#4 Mar 2, 2010
This is a brilliant concept in counter protest !!!

Since: Apr 07

Philadelphia, PA

#5 Mar 2, 2010
Inquisitarian wrote:
<quoted text>
Old news, really. The practice was started several years ago right here in Ann Arbor by the partner of a local restaurant owner. It's been pretty broadly circulated within the community of activists, but getting the news people to report on it is another thing.
Forgive me for taking your response in a slightly self-serving way. I'm proud (as per what you say here) to realize that I thought of the same thing they did.

And what you say is undoubtedly true; getting the news people to do anything about it is another issue. BUT now we have the internet, so this should all be a "cake walk," really.
Short Left Index Finger

Toronto, Canada

#6 Mar 2, 2010
If you don't like someone,you don't go over and hang around their home.That's nuts.Straight people need to keep their porno mags and bibles to themselves.
Gryph

United States

#7 Mar 2, 2010
Awesome!!!

I just became a fan of theirs!

Since: Jan 07

Ann Arbor, MI

#8 Mar 3, 2010
rdg1234 wrote:
<quoted text>
Forgive me for taking your response in a slightly self-serving way.
Since I didn't come up with the idea, it's hardly "self-serving".
rdg1234 wrote:
I'm proud (as per what you say here) to realize that I thought of the same thing they did.
In point of fact, it doesn't matter who thought of it first, or how many people may have had the same idea. What matters is who was able to do something with the idea, and the first known instance of it being implemented and publicized is as I've already characterized it.

Since: Mar 09

Location hidden

#9 Mar 3, 2010
As I write this, our brothers and sisters are qeueing up in D.C. to get their marriage licenses.

Congress chose to not interfere. SCOTUS chose to not interfere.

D.C. stood against the edifice of the RCC on our behalf.

Today is a day for gratitude, for joy, for hope.

Today is also a day to be "gracious in victory".
mr1776va

AOL

#10 Mar 4, 2010
You know the south use to be the Bible Belt but guess not! What changed? I would say that Satan has made great progress in the last 30 years with the help of the right kind of media and you know who you are: N.O.W. and Planned Parenthood and other organizations that are counter to a healthy lifestyle.

Some great ones died not so that you can be gay and the enemy within could take over this country.

But here below is what you should know to turn your life around.
ms1776va

AOL

#12 Mar 4, 2010
You know the south use to be the Bible Belt but guess not! What changed? I would say that Satan has made great progress in the last 30 years with the help of the right kind of media and you know who you are: N.O.W. and Planned Parenthood and other organizations that are counter to a healthy lifestyle.

Some great ones died not so that you can be gay and the enemy within could take over this country.

But here below or above is what you should know to turn your life around.

Since: Apr 07

Philadelphia, PA

#14 Mar 5, 2010
Inquisitarian wrote:
<quoted text>
Since I didn't come up with the idea, it's hardly "self-serving".
Interesting that I was talking about me, and you acted as if I was talking about you. If I think you're self-serving, I'll happily make that clear. Thanks.
Inquisitarian wrote:
<quoted text>
In point of fact, it doesn't matter who thought of it first, or how many people may have had the same idea. What matters is who was able to do something with the idea, and the first known instance of it being implemented and publicized is as I've already characterized it.
Know what?

To me, it matters to me that I thought of the same thing they did. So next time, please don't try to take away from *my* feeling that I'm happy to see my view reflected in another reality.

Your characterization doesn't speak for *me*. And that's all I'm concerned about.

You get nasty, I get nasty. This is getting old fast.

Thanks for reading.

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