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"Jesus loves everybody. You should have expected us."

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This image has been circulating Reddit today. Anonymous seems to have created a parody Facebook page that makes fun of the Westboro Baptist Church. You can read an article about it at http://www.inquisitr.com/622526/anonymous-hacks-westboro-baptist-church-facebook-page-not-exactly/. ;

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Adam4d.com - Westboro

Adam4d.com - Westboro | Westboro Baptist Church | Scoop.it
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Just a webcomic criticizing the contrast between a passage from the Bible and the Westboro Baptist Church. Though, as it can be seen from the Reddit AMA (below), the church also uses the Bible to defend itself. It's interesting how passages can be selected--and often taken out of context--in the defense or attack of a system of beliefs that should be much deeper than reliance on an unreliable text. 

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The Westboro Baptist Church Is About To Get The Shock Of Its Life

The Westboro Baptist Church Is About To Get The Shock Of Its Life | Westboro Baptist Church | Scoop.it
The Westboro Baptist Church is about to get a big surprise in the form of a new neighbor who plans to give the notoriously anti-gay group a taste of its own medicine.
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I love the quote by Aaron Jackson, "The reason I haven't [previously] gotten into the gay rights activism is because, in a sense, it's almost silly--it's 2013, are we really still in the position? It just seems ludicrous." And the Equality House seems like a perfect, peaceful, shove-it-Westboro-Baptist way to protest the protesters.

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Benton Blank's comment, March 22, 2014 10:14 PM
I really liked this article. The fact that the Planting Peace Organization is, in a way, protesting the protesters, in a less obtrusive way is awesome. I think that Planting Peace is doing a great thing in trying to bring equality to the LGBT community, and reduce bulling in society is great, it just icing on the cake that they have the opportunity to poke at the Westboro Baptist Church as well. I think their actions and the cause behind them are great and will be very interested to see how their movement turns out.
Rachel DeWaard's curator insight, April 23, 2014 7:14 PM

The notoriously anti-gay Westboro Baptist Church is in for a big surprise. The founder of Planting Peace, Aaron Jackson, has purchased a house across the street from the church. He plans to paint the house rainbow to look like the gay pride flag to protest against the anti-gay church. I think this is a great way to protest what you believe in. I love how it is a peaceful, symbolic way of excising the first amendment. 

Breanne Hemann's comment, April 27, 2014 12:10 AM
I thought this article was great. I love how Aaron was able to in a sense protest back at the protesters. I think the best thing about this is that he was able to accomplish this in such a peaceful way as well.
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Westboro Baptist Church Get Really Pissed Off by Brick Stone

Brick finally catches up with the WBC in Malibu. The Westboro Baptist Church, known for protesting the funerals of children and soldiers with signs reading "...
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I'm sure most of you have already seen this video; it's been making the rounds across social media. And it is hilarious and pretty fun to watch. This clip is obviously biased--the protesters are shown to be dishonest (for example, rewatch 0:03-about 0:18) and paranoid, inflexible (emphasized most poignantly by around 2:50), extreme, racist (3:23), more than a little sexually repressed, and less than eloquent (3:11). It's more than possible that this little film was edited to show only the worst of the worst, giving all of us a skewed view. Nonetheless, the interviews themselves weren't faked; the protesters said what they said, and their ardent belief in such a rigid, damning religion raises some interesting questions about equality, freedom, and justice.

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IRONICLAST: WESTBORO BAPTIST CHURCH CARTOONS

IRONICLAST: WESTBORO BAPTIST CHURCH CARTOONS | Westboro Baptist Church | Scoop.it
WESTBORO BAPTIST CHURCH CARTOONS
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This blog has collected several political cartoons revolving around Westboro Baptist Church. I might add that all of these cartoons are extremely critical of the church, relating the church's mission with the devil, with hypocrisy, and with ignorance. My personal favorite provides a syllogism: 


"God hates USA -> USA loves free speech -> Therefore God hates free speech -> Therefore God hates Westboro Baptist" 

 

This is obviously oversimplified, but it does serve to poke a hole in the "logic" of Westboro Baptist ideology. 

 

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My favorite bit from the Russell Brand, Westboro Baptist Church interview - Imgur

My favorite bit from the Russell Brand, Westboro Baptist Church interview - Imgur | Westboro Baptist Church | Scoop.it

"The Holy Spirit ain't got a pen!"

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This panel speaks for itself. 

Though I have seen this interview (posted at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OBA6qlHW8po), and I will say that the difference in demeanor between Russel Brand and the representatives of Westboro Baptist Church is pretty startling. Even in this still, you can see the skull on his (the representative's, that is) shirt. The Westboro Baptists are gruff, rude, and, to all appearances, quite hostile. Brand, on the other hand, takes their insults gracefully and with humor, and he repeatedly asks the audience to respect the men's right to speak. 

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Westboro Baptist Church Plans to Picket Boston Funerals - U.S. News & World Report

Westboro Baptist Church Plans to Picket Boston Funerals - U.S. News & World Report | Westboro Baptist Church | Scoop.it
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Westboro Baptist Church Plans to Picket Boston Funerals
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Unfortunately, this is not the first time the Westboro Baptist Church threatened to picket the funerals of those killed in mass acts of violence, as you can read in this article. Is it just me, or does saying that these shootings are punishment for homosexuality resemble the basic idea of karma? Which, in itself, isn't a wholly Christian theme now, is it? Of course, Westboro Baptist is likely trying to compare current tragedies with the Old Testament. But this isn't the 4th century BC. People, society, and political structures have changed dramatically over time, but somehow the Westboro Baptist Church managed to avoid adaptation in any form. This does not indicate timelessness. It indicates ignorance, bigotry, and, perhaps above all else, fear.  

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Nick Sigrist's curator insight, March 23, 2014 11:41 PM

I honestly believe these are very heartless people. I think they should realize what they're doing and follow suit, not stick out and cause such an immense amount of pain to others SIMPLY to express their own personal views on religion. 

Madison Blazing's comment, March 28, 2014 9:52 AM
This article was very upsetting to me. I think that the Westboro Baptist Church is very wrong to do what they are doing, and that this goes way beyond simply their rights to the freedom of speech. Picketing the funerals of these innocent people who were victims to this horrible violence seems very disrespectful and insensitive towards the families and friends of these victims. I disagree very strongly with what the Westboro Church believes and how they express themselves, and I hope that something is done to prohibit them from further upsetting the familes of these victims.
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Anonymous To Westboro Baptist Church: Picket Boston Marathon Funerals At ... - Huffington Post

Anonymous To Westboro Baptist Church: Picket Boston Marathon Funerals At ... - Huffington Post | Westboro Baptist Church | Scoop.it
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Anonymous To Westboro Baptist Church: Picket Boston Marathon Funerals At ...
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... the funeral of Boston Marathon bombing victims. THANK GOD FOR THE BOSTON MARATHON BOMBS!!
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This article draws out an interesting point: "In the process, the direct result of WBC protests is often more tolerance, more acceptance and a sense of community-wide solidarity." It's ironic that a hate group should cause tolerance.

A thought to ponder: I would like to point out that Anonymous has also recently made threats against North Korea. It is interesting that this group should find parallels between the Westboro Baptist Church and North Korea's growing nuclear efforts. 

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IAMA member of the Westboro Baptist Church... AMA! : IAmA

My name is Jael Holroyd (nee Phelps); I am a member of the Westboro Baptist Church in Topeka, KS; I am grandaughter to Pastor Fred Phelps & most recen...
Maggie Byrd's insight:

This is an interesting page. I realize it's nearly a year old, but the ideas expressed by Holroyd are still relevant to Westboro Baptist's actions. It is an AMA (Ask Me Anything) from Reddit, in which a representative of the Westboro Baptist Church attempts to answer questions from the community of Reddit users. 

There is a lot to look at on here, so I'll post some general reoccurences here. The majority of the AMA shows questions that try to get at the logic of the church's beliefs. Jael Holroyd's responses, however, are less than logical. To demonstrate what I mean, I'll quote a long comment from user "aglbc":

"1) What are the goals of your protests? I would venture to guess that the goals are to get people to realize their lifestyle is sinful (in your opinion), but if that is so, do you really think your methods are the best way to do it?

2) Are you aware that the general US population thinks the Westboro Baptist Church members are complete assholes BECAUSE of your methods? So why do you think your methods would work when recent history has proven that it isn't working... people just don't like you guys?

3) HAVE you ever converted anyone with your in-your-face protesting methods?

4) I understand you protest against homosexuality and such because the Bible condemns that lifestyle, but the way you do it - with such blatantly rude and purposely inflammatory messages - seems to be going against God's other messages of loving thy neighbor and accepting all people. Isn't it up to God and God alone to judge the living and the dead? Why does your church feel that YOU GUYS can judge instead of God?

5) Why do you say "God hates fags" when that isn't in the bible at all? In fact, what IS in the bible is that God loves ALL people and hates none of us. Also, the mentions of homosexuality in the bible may say it is an abomination, but it doesn't say that God hates the people who commit the abomination. So how do you justify saying "God hates fags"?"

And here is Holroyd's answer:

"Newsflash: they didn't kill Christ Jesus because of His lovey-dovey preaching! Christ forewarned is how we would be received:

1 John 3:13  Marvel not, my brethren, if the world hate you

John 7: 7  The world cannot hate you; but me it hateth, because I testify of it, that the works thereof are evil.

Luke 6:    22  Blessed are ye, when men shall hate you, and when they shall separate you from their company, and shall reproach you, and cast out your name as evil, for the Son of man's sake. 23  Rejoice ye in that day, and leap for joy: for, behold, your reward is great in heaven: for in the like manner did their fathers unto the prophets. 

John 15:18  If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you. 19  If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you. 20  Remember the word that I said unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord. If they have persecuted me, they will also persecute you; if they have kept my saying, they will keep yours also."

My first thought was, "huh?" My second thought was, "that doesn't answer all the questions. And my third thought was, "that doesn't answer any question at all."

"aglbc" attempts to provoke some logical response from Holroyd, but is met with the Bible, assumably because Holroyd believes the Bible is an infallible (despite historical evidence), unconfrontable force that, apparently, needs no second thought. So no second thought is given. Sincere (though sometime forceful) questions are met with blank, empty answers. As "needmoresleep555" says, "Worst AMA ever."

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Louis Theroux: Most Hated Family in America | Watch Documentary Online Free

Louis Theroux: Most Hated Family in America | Watch Documentary Online Free | Westboro Baptist Church | Scoop.it
The Most Hated Family in America is a TV documentary written and presented by the BBC's Louis Theroux about the family at the heart of the Westboro Baptist
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This documentary was created by the BBC in 2007. It provides some interesting insights into the Phelps family--the head of the Westboro Baptist Church--and it is just fascinating. Just a warning: because this is not the...ahem...most reputable of sites, the video is consistently and unexpectedly interrupted by commercials.

Highlights:

- "Jesus...had other priorities rather than homosexuality. It's not one of the Ten Commandments, is it?"
 

- "I've only been out here twenty-five minutes or so, but so far the reaction has been, I'd say, approximately 100% negative. You think maybe there's another way to deliver the message. Like, maybe a letter of consolation...?"

 

- Around 34:00


- The sermon that starts around 38:00 and the subsequent interview that starts at around 40:00

 

- "[The Bible's a big book.] If you pick and choose enough, you find justification for nearly any type of behavior."

 

- "They preach a hatred that is reflected back at them...denying the right of a normal life to their youngest members."

 

Also, take a look at around 8:20 or so. The Westboros say that because God created the protest and everything else, the protest and everything else is perfect. Doesn't "everything" include homosexuals, Jewish peoples, etcetera, etcetera? Hmm. Bit of a contradiction there.

On another point, it's interesting to connect the U.S. Army with homosexuality, especially considering its policy of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell," only very, very recently repealed.  

Overall, this documentary has made me slightly less furious (only slightly), and quite a bit more bewildered. The more I learn about the Westboro Baptists, the more I begin to think they (especially the younger followers) are victims of a cult.  

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My friend at a Westboro Baptist Church Counter protest - Imgur

My friend at a Westboro Baptist Church Counter protest - Imgur | Westboro Baptist Church | Scoop.it

"Jesus had two dads. Why can't We?"

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I just thought this was funny. He makes a good point!

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