Beating them at their own game!

Westboro Baptist Church showed up to protest in front of Twitter’s San Francisco office on Thursday, but found themselves severely outnumbered by a crowd carrying multiple signs of randomness, nonsensical yelling, and even a unicorn.  A portable stereo blared Lady GaGa, while press and people passing by ignored the Westboro-gang signs and took pictures and videos of the more entertaining signs.

Westboro had scheduled an appearance in front of the Golden Gate Theatre later that evening to protest Fiddler on the Roof.  Unfortunately or fortunately depending on your perspective, Fred Phelps and his followers canceled their appearance before Fiddler on the Roof.  Apparently, they were all hated out from their big day and just had no more hate to spare.

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25 responses to “Beating them at their own game!

  1. wicked

    I don’t understand why Fiddler on the Roof. But then Phred and phollowers are beyond my realm of understanding. All hatred is.

  2. tosmarttobegop

    It is about Jews?

    The Phelps believe in the God of the Communist?

    Fiddling on a roof is crazy and the Phelps hate the competition?

  3. tosmarttobegop

    Here is an idea for a sign:

    The Phelps are the example of why it is illegal for first cousins to marry .

    The Phelps hates God and they want everyone else to too!

  4. lilacluvr

    How does the Phelps Klan get all the money to travel on? These people show up everywhere don’t they?

    Wouldn’t that take alot of money? Exactly who belongs to their church other than the Phelps Klan?

    I know a few work for the State of Kansas – but even then, they sure do mount up those bills for traveling, eating, motel rooms, etc.

    Or maybe they mooch off people?

    • There is on the internets somewhere a real long document that describes how Phelps used his children to sell candy and would not allow them to come home they had sold certain quotas. He is not opposed to child labor and probably uses his grandchildren for the same purposes. A friend of mine who grew up in Topeka said that a lot folks would slip the kids money because they felt sorry for them.

      Shirley is an attorney and works for the state in some capacity, so the adults bring in money, too. The family used to sue people a lot for friviolous reasons – I don’t know if they got funds from those or not.

      This is the very long (multi-chaptered) and definitive story on the Phelps family:

      http://www.robertslevinson.com/gaylesissues/features/collect/phelps/bl_phelpsmain.htm

      • The story is not pleasant – fair warning…

      • I am going to reformat that and post it to my blog. I think it is fascinating and sad and probably very true.

        Maybe the signs people carry against them should ask questions like this:

        Abuse Any Children Lately?
        Beat Your Wife Lately?

        Or make statements like:

        God Forgives Wifebeaters
        God Forgives Child Abusers

  5. lilacluvr

    Did you notice the Phelps woman in the middle with an American Flag wrapped about her butt?

    Oh yeah, that is patriotism for you.

  6. lilacluvr

    When I first saw this thead topic, I thought of the time some high school kids got a protest rally started at the Spirit One Church here in Wichita.

    Remember?

    That preacher from there had gone to some high school and started some trouble and then some kids from that school figured turnabout was fair play and went to Spirit One to protest. They had the bullhorn and the media. These kids went the whole nine yards.

    Good for them!

    Maybe this is what is needed to teach Operation Rescue and other anti-abortion protesters a lesson? Doesn’t that Troy Newman live in town? Maybe a group of people should go protest at his house and his church?

    A group of concerned people should list online their personal residences, work places and the churches of all the protesters that were known to be regulars at the Tiller Clinic?

    let’s see how they like it. After all, if it was okay for them to harass Tiller and his staff using those tactics for years, turnabout is fair play.

  7. wicked

    According to an article I read the other day, Newman lives out of state. He sure does get around though.

  8. I really like the tone of this response to the Phelps. It’s nearly perfect and holds them in comtempt in such a nice way.

    Thanks for whoever did this story.

  9. While we’re introducing other topics, why did Randal Terry have a falling out with Operation Rescue? He sounded to be supporting Roeder and Troy was giving him grief about that from what I caught in the paper.

    • fnord

      Iggy, I think I heard (but can’t find any back up, so maybe I dreamed it) that Operation Rescue decided Terry was too violent and they wanted / needed to distance themselves. Although if the need for distance came after Roeder assassinated Dr. Tiller it’s easy to see why they wanted to appear non-violent. Most everyone adopted a different ‘tone’ so they wouldn’t be seen as dangerous as they are.

      • lilacluvr

        I thought it was about a money issue.

        And, really, isn’t money at the root of this anti-abortion movement?

        Just think of all the millions that have been given to these groups. Now think of all the children these millions could have helped by adopting the children we already have in the system.

        To borrow a phrase from PP – Jesus wept.

  10. lillacluvr

    I just found the Wikipedia site for Randall Terry and his personal life sounds like a soap opera.

    I don’t know how to link it to this posting. Can someone help me?

    • fnord

      While at the site you want to link to, go up to the address bar on your browser and copy the address, then come back here and paste it in a comment.

      Or, after you complete your comment here, you may go into “Edit” (the light colored words under your nic that include today’s date). Once in the ‘edit screen,’ highlight the word(s) you want to make into a link. Now, look for the blue word “link.” Click that and up will pop a place to put that link address that you copied. Be sure to click “Update,” and it’s done.

      You know what we should do? We should get together and teach each other things the other knows. Maybe when the weather clears up we can get together at one or the other’s house and play on the computer while teaching each other new skills?

  11. fnord

    You’re probably right, Lilac!

    “It” is usually about money. Although there are people who sincerely want to help and to reduce the numbers of abortions, their emotions have been used to further other agendas including political aspirations.

    Overturning Roe v Wade, or even stricter restrictions, don’t stop abortions. Even if these promised legal manoeuvrings were effective, they won’t be accomplished as that would remove one of the hot topics some politicians use to get elected.

  12. lillacluvr

    I am pro-choice but that does not mean I am pro-abortion.

    To me, those are two different things. I think we need to strive to decrease the number of abortions.

    But in some cases, it truly is due to a medical complication. And when Republicans claim to support the notion that health care should be between the patient and their doctor – then isn’t this one of those times?

    But I get the feeling that Republicans and other anti-abortion supporters (but I do think the majority of anti-abortionists are Republicans) somehow have it in their minds that women choose abortion simply as a means of birth control

    That is where I part ways with them. I’m sure there are a few women that could be using abortion in that way, but then wouldn’t these women be the same ones who use the back alleys for their abortions if Roe v Wade were to be reversed?

    I don’t like abortions and I never will. But to think abortions will suddenly stop because some anti-abortionists got Roe v Wade reversed is really pretty silly – IMHO.

    • fnord

      If someone thinks overturning Roe v Wade will put an end to abortions, they are very ill informed. Or, they are unable or unwilling to face reality.

      • lillacluvr

        I seriously think they must belong to the ostrich family –

        you know – out of sight, out of mind.

        Abortions were done before Roe v Wade but after this ruling, abortion clinics became their own facilities (outside of a hospital) and was a known presence within the community.

        I think that is what brought the anti-abortion movement out in droves. The fact that abortions were done before in private (both in hospitals and back alleys) did not concern these people because they were not faced with it.

        That, and because I think preachers and other leaders in the anti-abortion movement saw the opportunity to make alot of money off people who would glady empty their wallets to ‘fight the good fight.’

    • I am pro-choice and I used to say I was anti-abortion. But I’m not anymore. Because I don’t buy the line that abortion is murder. I used to, but I don’t anymore. And if more people didn’t buy it, less people would be willing to look the other way while a group of religious fanatics hijacked the constitutional rights of women to self-determination.

      A fetus is not a baby. Dr. Tiller was not a murderer. I am not anti-abortion because abortion is a sometimes necessary medical procedure, like heart surgery or tubal ligation. Tubals are just as sad in their own way, but you won’t hear anyone say that they are anti-tubal ligation. (Unless maybe they are officials in the Catholic Church) We have to change our thinking on this and change the language if we want to influence the debate back to the side of women’s rights.

  13. lillacluvr

    We have never been able to legislate morality and anti-abortionists have made this a moral issue.

    Hell, if we could legislate morality, then I suggest we start with all those Republican male politicians that cannot seem to keep their pants zipped up with women other than their wives. That is also a moral issue but I don’t hear any of these squawking about that.