Westboro Baptist Church is the real world incarnation of the Internet troll.
All they really want, and what they feed off of, is others reacting to their ridiculous antics.
But, you WANT to react. They are saying that my gay buddies should burn in eternal hellfire. They are saying that I should burn in eternal hellfire. I think they hate cats.
You don’t want that in your neighborhood. You want to stand up and say, “Helllllll, no, Westboro Faptist, you get outta our town.”
But, that’s what they want! They want the media to come and they surely want some sort of physical altercation. So, in doing what you think is right and what you want to do, you are doing what they want you to do.
SO WHAT TO DO?
Westboro Baptist Church says it is planning to stage protests at four Lehigh Valley churches including the Cathedral of St. Catharine of Siena in Allentown on Sunday, according to a press release posted on the group’s website.
South Whitehall police Lt. John Christman, aware of the planned Westboro pickets, said, “Often they don’t show. We’re hoping that occurs.” SOURCE: Upper Macungie Patch
Well, here’s their “press release” if you can call it that.
Ok, so here we are, what to do?
1. Do nothing: We allow them to picket unabated wherever they want. This is probably the best idea, since no one caves into them. However, you have to feel bad for the churches who are getting picketed. Is it fair to just leave them to twist in the win (no matter your belief system, they are your neighbor.)
2. Counter protest: Do the same thing they are doing right next to them with fun signs and non-violent behavior. This is probably what will happen.
3. React with super violence: Go there and beat them all up with shower rods. Probably not the best idea.
So, let’s go with 2 and keep it non-violent. This way, the places that do get picketed are shown that they are supported and while Westboro may get the attention they want, whatever, at least we’ll have tons of awesome ironic sign photos.
Here is a link to a local group organizing a counter protest.