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15 Inspiring Westboro Baptist Church Counter-Protests

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By India Kushner on August 1, 2012

A Westboro Baptist Church protest Friday at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, a military base north of Seattle, didn’t get much attention. That’s because the area was swarmed by zombies. (No, not real ones. Those might have conveniently reduced the amount of homophobic WBC protestors.)

When the WBC announced their plans to protest the base, Melissa Neace organized her own counter-protest, starting a Facebook group called “Zombie’ing Westboro Baptist Church AWAY From Fort Lewis!” While the Westboro Baptist Church protest only had eight people, the zombie event attracted 300.

Here are 15 other inspiring WBC counter-protests:

1. Thanks, WBC!

University of Illnois, Chicago student Jason knew that yelling back at WBC protestors didn’t really cause any change. Instead, he had people donate to the very charities that WBC targets. Even better, the donations were all made in the WBC’s name.

2. ‘Even 9-Year-Olds Hate You’

Josef Miles and his mother, Patty Akrouche, were walking around the Washburn University campus in Topeka when they saw some WBC protestors. After reading some of their signs, Josef asked his mother if he could make his own. He stood opposite the picket line and held it up.

3. Racists vs. Homophobes

In a strange twist last Monday, WBC protestors at a ceremony for dead soldiers in Arlington National Cemetery were met by counter-protestors, some of which included the KKK. Dennis LaBonte, who stated he was a military veteran and the “imperial wizard” of a KKK chapter, said the approximately 10 members of the group came in “support of the troops.” In response, WBC member Abigail Phelps said the KKK “have no moral authority on anything.”

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4. Frat Boys for Gay Rights

When WBC protestors showed up at the University of Chicago, these guys took things into their own hands.

5. If You’re Going to Protest, Do So in Style

6. Like These People!

7. It’s All Your Fault, Shirley Phelps

8. They’ve Been Talking About Cigarettes This Whole Time

10. Jesus Says It’s OK

11. Hot Buns

In the fall of 2011, WBC appeared at a Foo Fighters concert to protest the way the band promotes “fornication, adultery, idolatry and [homosexuality]” with their music.

Foo Fighters responded in the best way possible. Driving in on a flatbed truck and dressed as truckers, they sang ““Keep It Clean (Hot Buns),” a song about intimate relations between two men.

12. Raise Your Paws in Protest


13. Hags, Not Fags

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15. Sin-Sational


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