Update: Brainstorming continued here: http://innermostparts.org/2010/11/20/westboro-baptist-party-update/
This is going to be fun.
The Westboro Baptist “Church” is a bona fide hate group, according to the Anti Defamation League and the Southern Poverty Law Center. They’re also quite small – basically this guy Fred Phelps and his large extended family rove around the country throwing absurd protests that no one supports.
“remind these Jews that they bear the curse of their forefather’s murder of Christ. Further these college students of doomed america live for the devil himself, spending their energies on drunkeness, lust, sloth and greed rather than serving the Lord Almighty.”
How are we going to respond?
I’m thinking, if these loonies are going to get me up at 8:45 in a morning for the inevitable counter-protest, it’s going to be for something that doesn’t just respond to them, but instead affirmatively builds something positive here. Something to make us feel more like a community.
It’s easy to make fun of these guys, but how can we take this and turn it into something positive?
I propose some sort of party.
I asked the reddit hivemind. Some answers have been:
- Invite your local LGBT groups to have a KISSATHON for charity right next to them. Raise money for a good cause with some very pleasant in-your-face affection!
- The biggest, most visible sign – I’d even say the only one – should just be a truthful explanation: WBC PROVOKES PEOPLE TO VIOLENCE, THEN SUES. IT’S ALL ABOUT MONEY.
You can also stage a fundraiser: http://www.phelps-a-thon.com/Home.html
Don’t stage a circus. That’s what they want. It attracts people who might flip out and throw a punch, which is THEIR fundraising strategy.
- Greet them with milk and cookies, and repeatedly tell them what you want for christmas
What do you think we should do?
I am willing to spend money on making this happen gloriously.
Facebook group here.