questionsdid you hear about the zombie demonstrators?

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It is a great idea, will have to wait and see if it is successful against a large protest from the church of stupid....

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I'd have joined that, if I thought I could keep my temper. The costume and role-playing would help. I still remember when those (unspeakable in polite company) Westboro zealots went to protest at the funeral of a murdered 9 year old girl and the Hell's Angels showed up to counter them. They've stood up to them at several of their rallies. I love it when heroes show up in unexpected form. It's pretty ironic when it's Christians vs biker gang and the bikers are unquestionably the good guys.

http://blogs.phoenixnewtimes.com/valleyfever/2011/01/westboro_bapstis_church_to_pro.php

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Screw Westboro!
The only good thing to come from them is Kevin Smith's inspiration for "Red State".

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Everyone knows this, but apparently people are too prideful to care: If we stop giving the WBC attention, they will go away. They show up to high profile/controversial events to protest because they know they will end up on in the news. The more media attention they get, the happier they are. If we really want them to go away, we just need to ignore them! I know I sound bitter right now, but it isn't that hard of a concept to understand. They love attention, and doing a high profile stunt like this is giving them exactly what they wanted.

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I liked the one counter-protest sign I saw, "Drink the Kool-aid, already!", a reference to the murder/mass-suicides of Jim Jones and the people's temple cult at Jamestown.

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@eraten: While I agree they are doing it for publicity and that if we just don't give attention they will go away. The problem with this idea (in my opinion) is based upon the forum, usually funerals af fallen soldiers. To simply let them desicrate the funeral ceremony of anyone is deplorable, so the gordian knot is how to keep them from protesting at sacred ceremonies with out giving them undue attention. Now in this situation what you say makes sense, protest outside a military base, let them do it and give them no publicity.

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I think we should use this as an example. Nerds could battle WBC in any location they come to. I'm up for it in my state.

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I like the idea and was going to say there should be some sort of organization for these things at every WBC hate mongor fest, but then again, some places wouldn't exactly be appropriate for such actions, like with they protest at funerals. Zombies at a funeral?

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The WBC is very litigious. They look for any opportunity to sue as well as gain media attention.
They absolutely know how to skirt the legal line to incite a reaction and a resulting lawsuit.

That said, I'd gladly show up in a Zombie Jesus costume and counter protest them.

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@j5: zombie Jesus FTW! Also, a Virgin Mary would be good.

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Wow. What a bunch of horrible hateful people. I'm glad people block them from protesting at someones funeral. That is a horrible thing, to try to destroy someones funeral. I wonder where they see that acting so horribly is something they should do in the bible?

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To answer the question: as a Christian, I would rather have been with the zombie crowd on this one :)

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I would love be in an anti-protest group in my town, but everyone knows everyone here and it would be awkward. I think I seen like 10 protesters once in town. Not many protesters and no anti-protesters.
They were wanting to limit someone's right to be different. I do not recall what group they had the hate-on for. To me it really puts down that group. IMHOP.

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@kamikazeken: Jonestown, not Jamestown, and though the signage did read "Kool-Aid," Flavor Aid is more accurate.

Carry on!

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@insightpatch: If it's going to be the last thing I ever drink, I'm going for the name-brand stuff, deals be damned. :)

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I don't like what WBC does, but I do believe they have a right to do it. As Voltaire said, "I may disagree with what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it.". Free speech means all speech, whether you agree with it or not.
To me, the best solution to the WBC protests, particularly at funerals, are the human walls which are mentioned late in the linked article about the zombie protests. Trying to argue with WBC members will almost certainly do no good. Vocal counter protests really only give the WBC members someone to engage and shout back at. But a silent line of people's backs segregating them from those they are protesting against gives them nothing to engage with, nothing to fight against. And, most often, that seems to be the best way to deal with someone (or a group) which is vocal and confrontation but will not be reasoned with and are not doing anything illegal.

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@moondrake: In all fairness, the WBC can not actually be called Christians.

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They're just there for publicity and to possibly sue. The leader is a lawyer and well versed in local statutes.

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@robertleemartin512: Last time I looked, Westboro Baptist Church was a Christian church. They just don't practice their faith in any way mainstream Baptists in particular or Christians in general would agree with. But if we are going to blame other religious groups for the actions of their extremists, then we have to own up to the actions of ours.

@kamikazeken: Thought you guys might like to see this, the 30 best anti-WBC signs:
http://www.buzzfeed.com/mjs538/the-3o-best-anti-westboro-baptist-church-protest-s

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@moondrake: Just because they claim to be a Christian church doesn't mean they ARE one. Actions speak louder than words.....or purported beliefs.
Christians follow the teachings of Jesus Christ. This church isn't doing anything remotely like what Jesus Christ did in similar situations. Can't speak for him, but I feel pretty confident that he would be appalled at their actions, and would not condone them.