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"Fred Phelps does not believe what he is doing. This is a scam. It’s a business. They travel the country, set up websites telling you exactly when they’ll be there, and using the most inflammatory statements all over the place, just to get someone to violate their rights for profit. Then they sue the military, the police force that was to protect them, and everyone that is around them for money. This is a sham, and it is a trap to get people sued. Every member of his family is an attorney. Phelps does not break the law. What he does is try to make you break the law by trying to punch your sensibilities about everything you hold dear, and then sue you and everyone municipality around him to the max. This is a scam."
You guys realize that the Westboro Baptist Church just exists to provoke people and get them to assault its members, right? Ignorezies, Ignorezies, Ignorezies. Unless you’re the IRS. In which case, AUDITZIES.
I cannot wait. I know exactly what I’m going to do, I’ve been planning this thing for years. Okay. I’m going to dress up, first off, I’m gonna dress up like God, you know with the long beard and the white robe and the Enya CD playing in the background, the whole nine, okay. Then when they show up, I’m gonna be like, “Oh, thank you guys so much for all your funeral protesting. You guys so get me” and then, just when they start hugging and high-fiving each other, boom! I rip off the costume and say, “You just got damned!”
To me this is a no brainer. If we’re going to separate faith from the law, let’s really do it. Liberals always trumpet that philosophy (myself included) and if we’re not hypocrites, then let’s really do it right. These guys are assholes, but the 1st amendment protects assholes, too.
I agree completely. I read this yesterday and while it’s disappointing that the WBC can continue to spew its hateful speech, it’s also important that we not start bending the rules of the constitution to stop people from speaking their minds. Even if they are batshit insane.
"Anonymous has always said that the WBC website hacks to this point had not been carried out by them, but by a hacktivist named Jester. They also distanced themselves from the original release that seemed to spur this mini-war. Shirley went on to tell the Anonymous rep that he was going to hell and that they were all thugs."
Anonymous is represented by that picture of Batman with a lightsaber riding a shark. How apt.
One clever UIC student uses a visit from the Westboro Baptist Church as an opportunity to do some good. Jason Connell encouraged passerbys to donate on behalf of WBC to one of the charities the church is against.