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(Examiner)   Westboro Baptist Church trolls victims of Aurora-Colorado shootings with Photoshopped pics and taunts on twitter, never actually shows up to protest   (examiner.com) divider line 25
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2012-07-24 04:55:05 AM
5 votes:
I don't know if I believe in heaven or hell, but for people like Westboro members, I really hope there is a hell. Cause they deserve to be roasting in it.
2012-07-24 09:45:51 AM
4 votes:
Dear Drew -

Please talk to your staff - don't greenlight anymore WBC threads. Let the 1st Amendment live long and prosper, but let's not give the AW of WBC the attention they crave. If you want to see their behavior change, ignore them - send the message that this is NOT acceptable.

Thanks,

Alassra
2012-07-24 09:32:28 AM
4 votes:
Funny how no one really cared about the WBC when they were protesting gay funerals. People only got pissed once they turned their attention to the military and the tragedy of the day.
2012-07-24 06:22:25 AM
3 votes:

strangeluck: I don't know if I believe in heaven or hell, but for people like Westboro members, I really hope there is a hell. Cause they deserve to be roasting in it.


Forget about heaven and hell, I'd just like to see some karma. Is that too much to ask?
2012-07-24 10:30:22 AM
2 votes:
Hey Mods-

Can we create a self-imposed moratorium on WBC greenlights? Greening only encourages them. Yes, I know people will bring up Free SpeechTM, but shouting about them does nothing. I'm not asking for a blanket "no greens for hate groups" or "groups we don't like." Just WBC.

As my grandmother used to say "You have every right to say anything you like. And I have every right to marginalize the fark out of you." The only way to marginalize is to give them less press. And fark is throwing tons of traffic to sites that give them press. Less greenlights = less traffic to the sites that cover them = sites less interested in covering them.
2012-07-24 05:11:12 AM
2 votes:
If only we could convince the farking nutjobs who went "OMG TUK ER GUNZ" mere hours after the killings that Westboro members were the ones ACTUALLY trying to take everyone's guns...
2012-07-24 07:27:12 PM
1 votes:
No, those farkers are in every thread. They're right there. They don't have to be seeked out.
2012-07-24 07:06:26 PM
1 votes:
Farkers are no better than the WBC. At least the WBC people show their faces. Farkers sit behind computers and say asshole things.
2012-07-24 02:05:24 PM
1 votes:

Alassra: Dear Drew -

Please talk to your staff - don't greenlight anymore WBC threads. Let the 1st Amendment live long and prosper, but let's not give the AW of WBC the attention they crave. If you want to see their behavior change, ignore them - send the message that this is NOT acceptable.

Thanks,

Alassra


So much this.

Drew, read your own Twitter feed re: Sideshow Bob. You're clearly intelligent (as are most farkers), so at least come up with something equally intelligent to rob these fools of their notoriety as well.
2012-07-24 11:04:28 AM
1 votes:
All I can say is, when the leaders of that church start to die...those fuenrals are going to be epic.
2012-07-24 10:11:37 AM
1 votes:

GAT_00: Alassra: Dear Drew -

Please talk to your staff - don't greenlight anymore WBC threads. Let the 1st Amendment live long and prosper, but let's not give the AW of WBC the attention they crave. If you want to see their behavior change, ignore them - send the message that this is NOT acceptable.

Thanks,

Alassra

"I like the First Amendment, but I don't want THOSE people using it. They're nasty. Thanks!"


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Nope, they are free to use the 1st Amendment like the rest of us, but they don't need to get attention for it. See the difference?
2012-07-24 10:05:31 AM
1 votes:

Bit'O'Gristle: You know, I was struck by the senselessness of this shooting, and even though i don't know the victims personally, or the survivors, i felt a deep sense of sadness and empathy not only for the slain, but the wounded and their families. Once denial is over for them, they try to make sense of this crime, it's what we do, we look for some reason, some logic that would put this kind of tragedy in its place in our minds. But sadly, there is no sense, nowhere you can shove this incident and file it away under "oh..ok..that makes sense now."

To use this tragedy for a political or religious slant is beyond trolling, it's inhuman. If you have noticed, even the politicians have not jumped on the "OMG...GET RID OF ALL GUNS" platform. Because they would be vilified by the public for using this for a personal agenda for their beliefs, and people don't forget that shiat. It's not the guns fault this person did this..it was his insanity. If it had not been a gun, it would have been a bomb, or something else.

This "church" is a small group of attention whores, who HOPE someone does something to them, that they would then be able to take to court and sue. They crave attention and cash, and that is all, and aren't above doing or saying anything to get it. Deny them this. Ignore them and they will fade away eventually.

That being said, my families hearts go out to the victims and their families, and we hope that time will heal them. I hope that quick and fair justice is done to the shooter.


You're right about not using this to further polarize our political environment, but this just sticks out as stupid. It was guns, and tear gas, and more combat weaponry, ok? Let's not sugar coat this shiat because some right-wingers might get their panties in a twist over the fear of gun control laws.

It was guns. The shooter? Yeah, he shot with guns. He didn't roll into that theater and toss cupcakes and tickle everyone with feathers, he lobbed tear gas and then shot the place up.

It was a cold-blooded killer, armed with guns, who is responsible for this crime. Don't let that little tidbit get lost in the wave of grief everyone is experiencing.
2012-07-24 10:03:19 AM
1 votes:
what's odd is that a huge part of their MO is to piss people off until someone slugs them, then they act like a European soccer player, rolling on the ground and screaming as though someone clubbed them with a tire iron....pause to savour the thought....and we're back, and then sue everyone. And I mean everyone, the aggressor, the cops, the city. It's a large part of their funding.
2012-07-24 09:54:49 AM
1 votes:

Bit'O'Gristle: This "church" is a small group of attention whores, who HOPE someone does something to them, that they would then be able to take to court and sue.


In fact, yes. The WBC is at the ragged edge of free speech. The kind that nobody really wants to hear, but what we all know we must permit to prevent infringements from encroaching upon us all.

Bit'O'Gristle: They crave attention and cash, and that is all, and aren't above doing or saying anything to get it. Deny them this. Ignore them and they will fade away eventually.


They have limits. When they know there's a good chance of grievous bodily harm (read: torn limb from limb and roasted over their own signs), they sit it out. The best thing that you can do is to exercise your inalienable right to ignore them. And yes, if the media treated their arrival/griping as the non-event that it is, they would shrivel up and become less of a thorn in people's sides...or, even better, violate the rights of someone else and have a lawsuit tossed their way.
2012-07-24 09:51:10 AM
1 votes:
Your event's not anything unless the WBC shows up.

But seriously--here's a way to diffuse their trolling. Tack on a little news scene in any big movie where crowds are gathered, like say a big spaceship came down like in Independence Day. Everyone is out staring at it--common people, ranks of police, the military is on standby, and of course a lot of people are holding up gay protest signs. The movie news announcer just casually mention the WBC is there too. No surprise, no condemnation in his voice--they're just part of the scene as expected.

Have a few mainstream movies where they're just depicted as the expected participants in the crowds. Eventually, they'll be perceived just like the Hare Krishna guys at the airports in the 70's--just a big joke. It will be the same as if they were showing up at real events dressed as Ghostbusters or a bunch of Muppets or as a band of Jawas.
2012-07-24 09:46:22 AM
1 votes:
You know, I was struck by the senselessness of this shooting, and even though i don't know the victims personally, or the survivors, i felt a deep sense of sadness and empathy not only for the slain, but the wounded and their families. Once denial is over for them, they try to make sense of this crime, it's what we do, we look for some reason, some logic that would put this kind of tragedy in its place in our minds. But sadly, there is no sense, nowhere you can shove this incident and file it away under "oh..ok..that makes sense now."

To use this tragedy for a political or religious slant is beyond trolling, it's inhuman. If you have noticed, even the politicians have not jumped on the "OMG...GET RID OF ALL GUNS" platform. Because they would be vilified by the public for using this for a personal agenda for their beliefs, and people don't forget that shiat. It's not the guns fault this person did this..it was his insanity. If it had not been a gun, it would have been a bomb, or something else.

This "church" is a small group of attention whores, who HOPE someone does something to them, that they would then be able to take to court and sue. They crave attention and cash, and that is all, and aren't above doing or saying anything to get it. Deny them this. Ignore them and they will fade away eventually.

That being said, my families hearts go out to the victims and their families, and we hope that time will heal them. I hope that quick and fair justice is done to the shooter.
2012-07-24 09:41:49 AM
1 votes:
Freedom of speech doesn't mean freedom from consequences. These attention-whoring douche-nozzles deserve every bit as much hate and bile as they vomit onto others.
2012-07-24 09:38:48 AM
1 votes:

PoochUMD: Which is their MO now.

They tell someone they are going to protest an event.
People plan huge counter protests.
Counter protests make headlines.
WBC gets publicity without having to do anything.

Just ignore them and they will eventually go away.


Lying and trolling to get thousands of people to gather and show their solidarity and commitment to love and decency? Well played, WBC. Well played indeed.
2012-07-24 09:37:22 AM
1 votes:

INeedAName: Everyone is always asking Christians to speak out against fringe idiots who use our theology to make the world worse off so here I am speaking out.

I gave a little fist pump when Falwell died, I may just throw a party when Phelps bites it.

I know, it's pretty unChristian, but these people make me so angry.



Why don't you pray too!? I'm sure that'll do something equally productive.
2012-07-24 09:35:34 AM
1 votes:
Everyone is always asking Christians to speak out against fringe idiots who use our theology to make the world worse off so here I am speaking out.

I gave a little fist pump when Falwell died, I may just throw a party when Phelps bites it.

I know, it's pretty unChristian, but these people make me so angry.
2012-07-24 09:34:55 AM
1 votes:
Don't feed the trolls. Don't twitter about them, don't go to their website to flame them, ignore them, it's the worst thing you can do to attention whores like this.
2012-07-24 09:32:36 AM
1 votes:
Which is their MO now.

They tell someone they are going to protest an event.
People plan huge counter protests.
Counter protests make headlines.
WBC gets publicity without having to do anything.

Just ignore them and they will eventually go away.
2012-07-24 07:50:33 AM
1 votes:

GAT_00: you should be thankful the WBC is "allowed" to protest, because it still gives a faint glimmer of hope that free speech isn't dead


You are correct in saying so. However, every time some miscreant abuses the First Amendment with hate speech, pornography, revealing state secrets for profit, and so on, it weakens that right.
2012-07-24 07:11:00 AM
1 votes:

ecmoRandomNumbers: strangeluck: I don't know if I believe in heaven or hell, but for people like Westboro members, I really hope there is a hell. Cause they deserve to be roasting in it.

Forget about heaven and hell, I'd just like to see some karma. Is that too much to ask?


If you want karma, go to Reddit. The real world doesn't work that way, and what's more, you should be thankful the WBC is "allowed" to protest, because it still gives a faint glimmer of hope that free speech isn't dead. Of course, I'm not convinced a group that didn't call themselves Christian would be allowed free speech with identical acts, but still.
2012-07-24 06:54:16 AM
1 votes:

ecmoRandomNumbers: strangeluck: I don't know if I believe in heaven or hell, but for people like Westboro members, I really hope there is a hell. Cause they deserve to be roasting in it.

Forget about heaven and hell, I'd just like to see some karma. Is that too much to ask?


Not at all. Karma like, such as seeing a major trolling of them, involving them genuinely believing that everyone they ever harassed or tormented was coming to beat the shiat out of them with rusty hammers and shovels, and then using those shovels to bury them in unmarked graves.

/maybe a little harsh, but these people truly disgust me.

Actually, they may already think that in a way. They troll to incite fear, but are too cowardly to actually show up anymore.
 
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