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(The Hollywood Reporter)   The Westboro Baptist Church says they will picket Roger Ebert's funeral. Hopefully some Chicago Farkers will stage a peaceful counter-demonstration   (hollywoodreporter.com) divider line 149
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2013-04-08 08:51:25 AM
Is it just me or do these clowns seem to be running out of steam? What would be the point of picketing Roger Eberts funeral, other than keeping their name in the news? It's not like they'll actually show up.
 
2013-04-08 08:52:21 AM

Nina Haagen Dazs: What would be the point of picketing Roger Eberts funeral, other than keeping their name in the news?


They really, really, really liked the movie North.
 
2013-04-08 08:54:55 AM
Ignore these people. Their MO is to try to get people to infringe on their constitutional rights and then sue. Pay them even less attention than you would a crazy homeless guy screaming the end is nigh, as at least you know they're not going to get physical.
 
2013-04-08 09:06:50 AM
Two thumbs up (their asses)!
 
2013-04-08 09:07:50 AM
I'd like to counter-protest by reading an extremely critical review of their protest via megaphone. It only seems appropriate.
 
2013-04-08 09:25:57 AM

The Evil That Lies In The Hearts Of Men: Ignore these people. Their MO is to try to get people to infringe on their constitutional rights and then sue. Pay them even less attention than you would a crazy homeless guy screaming the end is nigh, as at least you know they're not going to get physical.


indeed. these people are just IRL trolls, best not to feed them.
 
2013-04-08 09:27:38 AM
Point and laugh. Perhaps they can be ridiculed into obscurity
 
2013-04-08 09:29:17 AM
I don't think a funeral is considered a success WITHOUT these asstards protesting at it.
It lends the event a certain media cred.
 
2013-04-08 09:35:39 AM

oldfarthenry: I don't think a funeral is considered a success WITHOUT these asstards protesting at it.
It lends the event a certain media cred.


LOL.  Good point.  You're nobody if your funeral hasn't been protested by WBC.  It's like being a guest voice on The Simpsons.
 
2013-04-08 09:38:28 AM

Angry Drunk Bureaucrat: Nina Haagen Dazs: What would be the point of picketing Roger Eberts funeral, other than keeping their name in the news?

They really, really, really liked the movie North.


Oh, come on.  Nobody is  that evil.
 
2013-04-08 09:48:29 AM

oldfarthenry: I don't think a funeral is considered a success WITHOUT these asstards protesting at it.
It lends the event a certain media cred.


Hell yeah. You know you made it when they picket your funeral.
 
2013-04-08 09:52:02 AM

ongbok: oldfarthenry: I don't think a funeral is considered a success WITHOUT these asstards protesting at it.
It lends the event a certain media cred.

Hell yeah. You know you made it when they picket your funeral.


Or your ass got blown up by an IED in some godforsaken hell hole in Afghanistan. I'm not sure that's "making it."
 
2013-04-08 09:53:21 AM
I'd love to see hundreds of counter-protesters show up but without signs.  And they don't say anything.  They just stand there and stare at the Westboro people.  Stare.  Silently.

Stare.
 
2013-04-08 09:53:35 AM
Random side note, as someone in a fark thread once said, when Fred Phelps dies, that funeral is going to look like burning man.
 
2013-04-08 10:56:39 AM

nekom: Random side note, as someone in a fark thread once said, when Fred Phelps dies, that funeral is going to look like burning man.


. nah. Biggest insult to that man would be if no one showed up to his funeral. Not even his family.
 
2013-04-08 11:24:49 AM

SilentStrider: nekom: Random side note, as someone in a fark thread once said, when Fred Phelps dies, that funeral is going to look like burning man.

. nah. Biggest insult to that man would be if no one showed up to his funeral. Not even his family.


I don't know, part of me REALLY wants to see the gay community have their fun with that. Just stage the gayest gayout that's ever gayed there. Make sure it's a scene that would have abhorred him, just as his vile and obscene group has abhorred the funerals of too many.
 
2013-04-08 11:30:42 AM
Why does it have to be peaceful?
 
2013-04-08 11:40:42 AM
When do we start protesting churches about their pedophile priests?

I have some great sign ideas.
 
2013-04-08 11:52:54 AM

Nina Haagen Dazs: Is it just me or do these clowns seem to be running out of steam? What would be the point of picketing Roger Eberts funeral, other than keeping their name in the news? It's not like they'll actually show up.


The younger generation of the Phelps' brood seem to be fleeing left and right. Pretty soon they won't have anyone to picket as all the hate-mongers will die off with no one left to keep it going.

They are reaching the end, and now they're scared they'll just fade away as a footnote in history.
 
2013-04-08 12:00:58 PM
So stop giving them press by announcing every protest every goddamned time.
 
2013-04-08 12:05:58 PM

The Evil That Lies In The Hearts Of Men: Ignore these people. Their MO is to try to get people to infringe on their constitutional rights and then sue. Pay them even less attention than you would a crazy homeless guy screaming the end is nigh, as at least you know they're not going to get physical.


The proof that liberals and moderates are not like conservatives and fundamentalists can be seen in that the Westboro people are still living. There's a long line of liberal or government targets at the hands of conservatives, but there have not been very many if any shooting incidents involving a liberal taking out government targets or conservatives. Some "No True Liberal" I'm sure, but .. I still can't think of any. Meanwhile conservative/tea baggers taking out targets with armed violence is fairly common, threatening it even more common.
 
2013-04-08 12:14:50 PM

Mugato: So stop giving them press by announcing every protest every goddamned time.


This.

I know the media is into ratings and doesn't care about whether they are willing participants in giving these idiots free publicity, but wouldn't they do better with another story about Beiber's monkey?  Or something about the Kardashians?
 
2013-04-08 12:47:46 PM

Nina Haagen Dazs: Is it just me or do these clowns seem to be running out of steam? What would be the point of picketing Roger Eberts funeral, other than keeping their name in the news? It's not like they'll actually show up.


Step 1 - Announce you are picketting a famous person's funeral.
Step 2 - Lots of people get upset and talk about you.
Step 3 - Sit back and enjoy the Attention Whoring benefits....you don't even have to picket now.
 
2013-04-08 12:55:17 PM
So, we're still going to give trolling attention whores the attention they seek? Brilliant.
 
2013-04-08 12:55:18 PM

ToxicMunkee: I'd love to see hundreds of counter-protesters show up but without signs.  And they don't say anything.  They just stand there and stare at the Westboro people.  Stare.  Silently.

Stare.


It would be funnier if the Chicago Nazi's did the staring instead.
 
2013-04-08 12:55:36 PM
No; you really shouldn't. Just ignore them. Don't talk to them. Don't yell at them. Don't throw things at them. Above all else; don't attack them.

/ they are like fairies; they only exist if you believe that they exist. If you say, "I don't believe in WBC" enough; they will stop existing
 
2013-04-08 12:56:25 PM
I say everyone shows up in these:

www.dudeiwantthat.com
 
2013-04-08 12:57:07 PM
Id like to counter picket them by having tons of signs saying fred phelps is gay
 
2013-04-08 12:57:15 PM

iheartscotch: No; you really shouldn't. Just ignore them. Don't talk to them. Don't yell at them. Don't throw things at them. Above all else; don't attack them.

/ they are like fairies; they only exist if you believe that they exist. If you say, "I don't believe in WBC" enough; they will stop existing


img.ffffound.com

/and stop freak'n out whenever they kick out a news release - is this really that hard?
 
2013-04-08 12:57:58 PM
Do a harlem shake video with them
 
2013-04-08 12:58:02 PM

Mugato: So stop giving them press by announcing every protest every goddamned time.


THIS...is why I have you favorited.
 
2013-04-08 12:58:16 PM
Could we ship these people to Best Korea?
 
2013-04-08 12:58:28 PM
Or you could just ignore them, go about your life, and pretend they do not exist. At all.
 
2013-04-08 12:58:37 PM

Evil Mackerel: ToxicMunkee: I'd love to see hundreds of counter-protesters show up but without signs.  And they don't say anything.  They just stand there and stare at the Westboro people.  Stare.  Silently.

Stare.

It would be funnier if the Chicago Nazi's did the staring instead.


Illinois Nazis. I HATE Illinois Nazis.
 
2013-04-08 12:59:04 PM

scottydoesntknow: They are reaching the end, and now they're scared they'll just fade away as a footnote in history.


notfncute.com
 
2013-04-08 12:59:28 PM
I think Ebert would probably give Phelp's performance one finger up.
 
2013-04-08 12:59:42 PM
cdn.hark.com
I hate Illinois NazisWestboro Baptist Church
 
2013-04-08 01:00:40 PM
Peaceful hell.  Go all out and kill every last one of those farking bastards.
 
2013-04-08 01:01:29 PM
Enough with these shiatballs. They had their 15 minutes, and it's time to start ignoring them. If we can do that, they will be powerless.

They did do some good, though, sparking important debate and conversation regarding freedom of speech.
 
2013-04-08 01:02:02 PM

ToxicMunkee: I'd love to see hundreds of counter-protesters show up but without signs.  And they don't say anything.  They just stand there and stare at the Westboro people.  Stare.  Silently.

Stare.


So, basically react the way I do when I'm walking through the park and see two dogs doing it.

/what, is that weird?
 
2013-04-08 01:02:33 PM
I would actually be proud if they protested my funeral.  It means I must have done something right.
 
2013-04-08 01:02:39 PM

Nina Haagen Dazs: Is it just me or do these clowns seem to be running out of steam?


I think "running out of money" is m ore accurate. Lately they have been doing a lot of no-shows, and even tried to photoshop themselves into Whitney Houston's funeral. The're like the AOL of hate groups.
 
2013-04-08 01:03:48 PM
If they keep this up, having them protest your funeral will become a statement of how good and popular you really were in life. I hope I'm good and enough of a positive influence on this world that they protest at my funeral.
 
2013-04-08 01:03:53 PM
The ultimate irony is that Fred Phelps's previous profession was civil rights lawyer...
 
2013-04-08 01:03:58 PM
The greatest proof that there is no God is that people like Fred Phelps exist.
 
2013-04-08 01:04:18 PM

Killer Cars: So, we're still going to give trolling attention whores the attention they seek? Brilliant.


We really need to stop paying attention to these people.  WBC is a spoiled, 4 year old child.  We have told the child a numerous times that their behavior is unacceptable.  Now it's time to simply ignore.


/i3.kym-cdn.com
 
2013-04-08 01:04:29 PM
In other news Jerry Bruckheimer just announced that he is joining the Westboro Baptist Church...
 
2013-04-08 01:04:32 PM
They picked my university graduation. I felt special.
 
2013-04-08 01:04:36 PM

ToxicMunkee: I'd love to see hundreds of counter-protesters show up but without signs.  And they don't say anything.  They just stand there and stare at the Westboro people.  Stare.  Silently.

Stare.


Nice. Especially if they brought their cats. Who would also stare.
 
2013-04-08 01:04:37 PM
EBERT AND MEYERS HATE SMALL TITS
 
2013-04-08 01:04:50 PM
Siskel and Ebert to sit up above, or in your eardrums whispering to you.  Whichever you want to believe

And eat popcorn while pointing out the bad acting, inconsistencies, horrible storyline. And after talking about all of humanity which they can finally watch on screen, turn to Westboro and yawn.
 
2013-04-08 01:04:55 PM
Actually, it's quite an honor to have your funeral picketed by WBC. I can only hope that before I die, I do something wonderful, special, beneficial, and grandly magnanimous enough that I draw their attention and ire, enough so that they picket my funeral. It would mean that my life meant something and that I left some good behind. Like Ebert did.

//not that he had a good behind... you know what I meant
///maybe he did have a good behind.. I never saw it so I don't know
 
2013-04-08 01:04:57 PM
Mark my words.  WBC is performance art.
 
2013-04-08 01:05:33 PM

ToxicMunkee: I'd love to see hundreds of counter-protesters show up but without signs.  And they don't say anything.  They just stand there and stare at the Westboro people.  Stare.  Silently.

Stare.

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2013-04-08 01:07:05 PM

Because People in power are Stupid: Why does it have to be peaceful?


The WBC is a giant clan of lawyers who live off lawsuits.  As much fun as it would be to go all Bottle Kids on them ultimately it would just end up lining their pockets.
 
2013-04-08 01:07:09 PM

SilentStrider: nekom: Random side note, as someone in a fark thread once said, when Fred Phelps dies, that funeral is going to look like burning man.

. nah. Biggest insult to that man would be if no one showed up to his funeral. Not even his family.


That's what it should be.  Fred Phelps and WBC should receive no recognition whatsoever when he finally bites it.  He should be regarded exactly what he is in life, a dead piece of shiat.  Unfortunately, we all know that it will be a circus because cable media is salivating at the chance to broadcast it.
 
2013-04-08 01:07:24 PM
What peaceful counter-demonstrators in Chicago might look like:

www.onepennysheet.com

/ See how peaceful they're being?
// I mean, they're even letting that guy up to breathe
 
2013-04-08 01:07:57 PM

gingerjet: iheartscotch: No; you really shouldn't. Just ignore them. Don't talk to them. Don't yell at them. Don't throw things at them. Above all else; don't attack them.

/ they are like fairies; they only exist if you believe that they exist. If you say, "I don't believe in WBC" enough; they will stop existing
.
Fairies eh? I believe there is a book out there for smashing fairies.

 
2013-04-08 01:08:04 PM
No.
Hopefully they will be ignored.
Hopefully media outlets will stop putting out stories about them.
jesus christ, I'm starting to think people enjoy hearing and talking about them.

The trolls win
 
2013-04-08 01:09:00 PM
GOD HATES A CHRISTMAS STORY, TOO.
 
2013-04-08 01:09:36 PM

Canton: ToxicMunkee: I'd love to see hundreds of counter-protesters show up but without signs.  And they don't say anything.  They just stand there and stare at the Westboro people.  Stare.  Silently.

Stare.

Nice. Especially if they brought their cats. Who would also stare.




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2013-04-08 01:10:04 PM
Westboro Baptist Church...because Fark isn't enough a large enough venue for your need to attention whore.
 
2013-04-08 01:10:35 PM
i13.photobucket.com
 
2013-04-08 01:11:31 PM
How do these people choose whose funerals they are going to picket? Is there a lottery system or something?
 
2013-04-08 01:11:50 PM

Myria: The ultimate irony is that Fred Phelps's previous profession was civil rights lawyer...


Fred Phelps is a Democrat. So many seem to think he is some right wing fundie crazy, when he is just plain crazy.

They protested a soldier's funeral here a couple of years ago, and were totally ignored by local media. They were gone quickly. That's how you handle them, not with counter anything.

Then, it's just crazy vs crazy.
 
2013-04-08 01:12:03 PM
Anybody know why those tools were in Atlanta yesterday morning, picketing outside of a megachurch in Decatur? I assume they somehow got Final Four tickets and were justifying their tax writeoff for the trip, but why they picked Beulah Baptist, I have no idea. They certainly wouldn't be doing a funeral on a Sunday morning.
 
2013-04-08 01:12:08 PM
Ignore them. The worst thing you can do to them is to ignore them.
 
2013-04-08 01:12:15 PM
No, hopefully NO ONE shows up to counter protest.  Hopefully the WBC protesters get redirected by cops to a safe, unobserved, long distance from anyone involved in the funeral, and there is no media coverage of them at all.  I hope it costs them thousands of dollars to travel and lodge, and they get nothing from it.  Not a two second blurb on the news, not a single picture in a newspaper, and not a single news aggregate post on the net.
 
2013-04-08 01:14:56 PM
Go picket Hollywood and Washington.

Those are two of the most abomination-friendly places on earth.

Put jalapeno oil in their lubricant.

Leave Ebert alone.
 
2013-04-08 01:15:10 PM
As much as I disliked Ebert, I hope they set up a counter-demonstration agasinst WBC
 
2013-04-08 01:15:18 PM
i13.photobucket.com
 
2013-04-08 01:16:25 PM

ToxicMunkee: I'd love to see hundreds of counter-protesters show up but without signs.  And they don't say anything.  They just stand there and stare at the Westboro people.  Stare.  Silently.

Stare.


All we really need is just one counter-protester, drop these ass-clowns down an elevator shaft.

colly.com

/couldn't find a pic of him at the Comedian's funeral. Well, have to do with this one
 
2013-04-08 01:18:20 PM

Nina Haagen Dazs: What would be the point of picketing Roger Eberts funeral, other than keeping their name in the news?


Keeping their name in the news is reason enough for this lot.
 
2013-04-08 01:20:11 PM

diaphoresis: As much as I disliked Ebert, I hope they set up a counter-demonstration agasinst WBC


While I can see someone not liking Ebert, I'm a little interested in what about him made you dislike him?
 
2013-04-08 01:20:15 PM
In some way, I bet Mr. Ebert would consider this an honor. You have to be doing something right to gain the ire of the WBC.
 
2013-04-08 01:23:16 PM

barneyfifesbullet: Myria: The ultimate irony is that Fred Phelps's previous profession was civil rights lawyer...

Fred Phelps is a Democrat. So many seem to think he is some right wing fundie crazy, when he is just plain crazy.


Just like North Korea and Nazi Germany, right?
 
2013-04-08 01:26:23 PM
You know... what someone should really be doing is declaring a WBC protest at your funeral a the highest honor someone can receive.  After all, they only seem to send out these press releases when someone who actually had an impact on people dies.  If WBC hates you, odds are pretty good you did something right.

Bonus honors if they actually follow through and show up at said funeral.
 
2013-04-08 01:27:01 PM

Khellendros: No, hopefully NO ONE shows up to counter protest.  Hopefully the WBC protesters get redirected by cops to a safe, unobserved, long distance from anyone involved in the funeral, and there is no media coverage of them at all.  I hope it costs them thousands of dollars to travel and lodge, and they get nothing from it.  Not a two second blurb on the news, not a single picture in a newspaper, and not a single news aggregate post on the net.


...and that one of them gets really awful, squirty food poisoning at some point on the trip.
 
2013-04-08 01:27:14 PM

ChipNASA: Canton: ToxicMunkee: I'd love to see hundreds of counter-protesters show up but without signs.  And they don't say anything.  They just stand there and stare at the Westboro people.  Stare.  Silently.

Stare.

Nice. Especially if they brought their cats. Who would also stare.

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Hmm. Yeah, some combination of Grumpy and the Colonel would do it.

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2013-04-08 01:28:19 PM
I'm not gay, but I'd kiss a dude in front of them
 
2013-04-08 01:31:20 PM
Those buttknockers showed up to my friend's funeral after she was murdered.

Signs with the phrase "WBC LOVES ANAL" were present at the counter protest.
 
2013-04-08 01:32:19 PM

NightOwl2255: diaphoresis: As much as I disliked Ebert, I hope they set up a counter-demonstration agasinst WBC

While I can see someone not liking Ebert, I'm a little interested in what about him made you dislike him?


Didn't like his reviews. More accurately, I don't like the way he delivered his reviews. I quit listening to him about 1 yr after Siskel died. His 'delivery' of his reviews were like a cheese grater on concrete.
 
2013-04-08 01:36:50 PM

Flappyhead: Because People in power are Stupid: Why does it have to be peaceful?

The WBC is a giant clan of lawyers who

live off lawsuits.  As much fun as it would be to go all Bottle Kids on them ultimately it would just end up lining their pockets.

Citation please.
 
2013-04-08 01:36:58 PM

Nina Haagen Dazs: Is it just me or do these clowns seem to be running out of steam? What would be the point of picketing Roger Eberts funeral, other than keeping their name in the news? It's not like they'll actually show up.


If it's a famous person, they want to glom onto it like a leech.

It's glory-whoring with a touch of severe mental illness about them.
 
2013-04-08 01:40:49 PM

ToxicMunkee: I'd love to see hundreds of counter-protesters show up but without signs.  And they don't say anything.  They just stand there and stare at the Westboro people.  Stare.  Silently.

Stare.


cassandracenteno.com
 
2013-04-08 01:40:50 PM

nekom: Random side note, as someone in a fark thread once said, when Fred Phelps dies, that funeral is going to look like burning man.


And as I had already said, the Fark admins may as well call in sick that day and just let the Schadenfreude comments take it's long-overdue course. Calls for "respecting the deceased and his family" will be a vile insult to every dead person these ghouls have picketed (gays, soldier, even little babies, etc.).

They NEED to get a dose of their own medicine, and the day is coming when we all shall get to deliver.
 
2013-04-08 01:41:15 PM

CaptSS: Flappyhead: Because People in power are Stupid: Why does it have to be peaceful?

The WBC is a giant clan of lawyers who live off lawsuits.  As much fun as it would be to go all Bottle Kids on them ultimately it would just end up lining their pockets.

Citation please.


Walk up in the crowd and shoot the youngest member in the face. Repeat as necessary.  Of course if you feel that strongly about it, you could kill their kids in their homes... at the bus stops in the morning, etc... But we wont, because we are not animals.
 
2013-04-08 01:44:00 PM
It the WBC protests your funeral, you know you did something good.
 
2013-04-08 01:47:02 PM

Lord_Baull: right wing fundie crazy


Lyndon LaRouche, another right wing crazy, also claimed to be Democrat. If you had a point with that, other than trying to up your score in some sort of meaningless pissing contest, I am unsure what it was.
 
2013-04-08 01:53:59 PM

Evil Mackerel: ToxicMunkee: I'd love to see hundreds of counter-protesters show up but without signs.  And they don't say anything.  They just stand there and stare at the Westboro people.  Stare.  Silently.

Stare.

It would be funnier if the Chicago Nazi's did the staring instead.


I hate Illinois Nazis!
 
2013-04-08 01:56:19 PM

barneyfifesbullet: Fred Phelps is a Democrat. So many seem to think he is some right wing fundie crazy, when he is just plain crazy


Someone always brings up that he calls himself a democrat, therefor he's not right wing crazy.  He's the definition of right wing crazy. It doesn't matter what political party he claims to belong to. I could claim to be Scarlet Johanson's love slave, that doesn't make it so. Besides which when he probably registered, during the Civil War, the parties were reversed in their ideologies.
 
2013-04-08 01:57:21 PM

ToxicMunkee: I'd love to see hundreds of counter-protesters show up but without signs.  And they don't say anything.  They just stand there and stare at the Westboro people.  Stare.  Silently.

Stare.


Silent, staring protesters.  All with visible boners.  That should work.
 
2013-04-08 01:58:23 PM

barneyfifesbullet: Fred Phelps is a Democrat.


img213.imageshack.us
 
2013-04-08 02:06:36 PM
Whatever happens, hopefully it will be "the Chicago way".
 
2013-04-08 02:23:32 PM

I_C_Weener: Nina Haagen Dazs: Is it just me or do these clowns seem to be running out of steam? What would be the point of picketing Roger Eberts funeral, other than keeping their name in the news? It's not like they'll actually show up.

Step 1 - Announce you are picketting a famous person's funeral.
Step 2 - Lots of people get upset and talk about you.
Step 3 - Sit back and enjoy the Attention Whoring benefits....you don't even have to picket now.


They pulled that BS when Whitney Houston died. They made a big deal about showing up with their signs, but then they never showed. They claimed they were there and even gave posted "proof", but it turned out to be a Photoshop job. It's like they're not even trying anymore.
 
2013-04-08 02:23:41 PM
Hey WBC, not sure if you heard the announcement this morning but the funeral services have been moved to the South Side of Chicago. Ebert's family is asking that you hang out your van window making hand gestures at young black males you see on the street. Also, if you need better directions just ask any group of people you see gathered on street corners. They'll be more than happy to point you in the right direction.
 
2013-04-08 02:25:45 PM

Infinite Monkeys In Front Of A Computer: I would actually be proud if they protested my funeral.  It means I must have done something right.


Didn't Ebert say something to that effect? I think he'd love that the WBC is is going to show up at his funeral.
 
2013-04-08 02:28:45 PM

CaptSS: Flappyhead: Because People in power are Stupid: Why does it have to be peaceful?

The WBC is a giant clan of lawyers who live off lawsuits.  As much fun as it would be to go all Bottle Kids on them ultimately it would just end up lining their pockets.

Citation please.


Yeah, you know everyone repeats that story about WBC subsisting off of lawsuits, but I can't find an instance of them ever WINNING or favorably settling any of the zillions of frivolous lawsuits that got old Fred disbarred. They sure seem to have a good bit of money, though, considering how much they travel.
 
2013-04-08 02:30:24 PM

ToxicMunkee: I'd love to see hundreds of counter-protesters show up but without signs.  And they don't say anything.  They just stand there and stare at the Westboro people.  Stare.  Silently.

Stare.


www.mlponies.com
 
2013-04-08 02:33:03 PM
Cmon chi-town dont disappoint. Atleast bust a couple shots in the general direction of them
 
2013-04-08 02:37:25 PM

Crewmannumber6: I'm not gay, but I'd kiss a dude in front of them


Do you know how I know you're hiding something from your family?
 
2013-04-08 02:37:54 PM

Yogimus: CaptSS: Flappyhead: Because People in power are Stupid: Why does it have to be peaceful?

The WBC is a giant clan of lawyers who live off lawsuits.  As much fun as it would be to go all Bottle Kids on them ultimately it would just end up lining their pockets.

Citation please.

Walk up in the crowd and shoot the youngest member in the face. Repeat as necessary.  Of course if you feel that strongly about it, you could kill their kids in their homes... at the bus stops in the morning, etc... But we wont, because we are not animals.


I agree with the citation please.  Is there a good way to find out how much money they have been awarded?  I'm sure we have a legal ace out here somewhere.
 
2013-04-08 02:39:00 PM

CheekyMonkey: ToxicMunkee: I'd love to see hundreds of counter-protesters show up but without signs.  And they don't say anything.  They just stand there and stare at the Westboro people.  Stare.  Silently.

Stare.

Silent, staring protesters.  All with visible boners.  That should work.


This idea rules.  I am so there!

/going to need a fluffer though
 
2013-04-08 02:39:43 PM

CheekyMonkey: ToxicMunkee: I'd love to see hundreds of counter-protesters show up but without signs.  And they don't say anything.  They just stand there and stare at the Westboro people.  Stare.  Silently.

Stare.

Silent, staring protesters.  All with visible boners.  That should work.


NOW we're onto something.
 
2013-04-08 02:40:00 PM

Generation_D: Meanwhile conservative/tea baggers taking out targets with armed violence is fairly common, threatening it even more common.

either you're a fantastic troller or thats the stupidest thing I have ever read
 
2013-04-08 02:43:31 PM

Smeggy Smurf: Peaceful hell.  Go all out and kill every last one of those farking bastards.


Nothing is stopping you Mr. bad farking ass.  Plus you admitted you make shiat for money.  Go be a farking hero or shut the fark up.
 
2013-04-08 02:44:19 PM

barneyfifesbullet: Fred Phelps is a Democrat.


Fox News labels the WBC a liberal organization out of political bias and the ignorant never question it again.
 
2013-04-08 02:50:11 PM

Nabb1: Angry Drunk Bureaucrat: Nina Haagen Dazs: What would be the point of picketing Roger Eberts funeral, other than keeping their name in the news?

They really, really, really liked the movie North.

Oh, come on.  Nobody is  that evil.


They even liked BAPS, I think that right there is fire of hells evil
 
2013-04-08 02:56:13 PM

fireclown: CheekyMonkey: ToxicMunkee: I'd love to see hundreds of counter-protesters show up but without signs.  And they don't say anything.  They just stand there and stare at the Westboro people.  Stare.  Silently.

Stare.

Silent, staring protesters.  All with visible boners.  That should work.

NOW we're onto something.


Stare with longing in your eyes, and when they finally look uncomfortable sweetly whisper to them all the dirty sex acts you can think of that you want to do while swimming in their luscious hate.
 
2013-04-08 03:03:12 PM

teto85: ToxicMunkee: I'd love to see hundreds of counter-protesters show up but without signs.  And they don't say anything.  They just stand there and stare at the Westboro people.  Stare.  Silently.

Stare.

[www.mlponies.com image 690x388]


bbsimg.ngfiles.com

/cross-meme
 
2013-04-08 03:13:55 PM

CaptSS: Flappyhead: Because People in power are Stupid: Why does it have to be peaceful?

The WBC is a giant clan of lawyers who live off lawsuits.  As much fun as it would be to go all Bottle Kids on them ultimately it would just end up lining their pockets.

Citation please.



Are you really not familiar with WBC's MO?
 
2013-04-08 03:16:08 PM
As many have mentioned above.... the "cure" for WBC is to completely ignore them.  Their primary income is settling with people who have "infringed" on their rights to be arseholes.

The media needs to ignore their "press releases".... if that happened, there would nothing to link to here on Fark.... they need to be ignored when they picket... then they couldn't sue for anything, and they would wither away.

Unfortunately, people are not well versed enough on how this "works" and their emotions get in the way, and, well, the WBC gets to keep going on and on.
 
2013-04-08 03:20:07 PM

CheekyMonkey: ToxicMunkee: I'd love to see hundreds of counter-protesters show up but without signs.  And they don't say anything.  They just stand there and stare at the Westboro people.  Stare.  Silently.

Stare.

Silent, staring protesters.  All with visible boners.  That should work.



The trinagulatory trim of your staysail is pleasing to mine eyes.
 
2013-04-08 03:28:21 PM

nekom: SilentStrider: nekom: Random side note, as someone in a fark thread once said, when Fred Phelps dies, that funeral is going to look like burning man.

. nah. Biggest insult to that man would be if no one showed up to his funeral. Not even his family.

I don't know, part of me REALLY wants to see the gay community have their fun with that. Just stage the gayest gayout that's ever gayed there. Make sure it's a scene that would have abhorred him, just as his vile and obscene group has abhorred the funerals of too many.


"Gayest gayout that's ever gayed."

Even gayer than the Gay Pride parade in NYC? NTTAWWT.

IMHO, I hope no one shows up to protest Fred's funeral, but I'd have a have a hearty LOL at their expense.
 
2013-04-08 03:36:17 PM

Lord_Baull: Are you really not familiar with WBC's MO?


I think the question is more along the lines of "has it ever really worked?"
 
2013-04-08 03:37:49 PM

BSABSVR: Smeggy Smurf: Peaceful hell.  Go all out and kill every last one of those farking bastards.

Nothing is stopping you Mr. bad farking ass.  Plus you admitted you make shiat for money.  Go be a farking hero or shut the fark up.


I knew I had you color coded correctly.  I wish those closeted homos would come over this way.  Alas, they knew this isn't a safe area.
 
2013-04-08 03:43:41 PM
Well, did any of you Chicago Farkers go? I was invited as a member of his club but it was very short notice, I couldn't take off work, and I'm sure Holy Name Cathedral was packed. Just curious to know if they really showed up or not.
 
2013-04-08 03:50:29 PM
I knew Ebert's love of the Film Actors Guild would get him into trouble eventually...
 
2013-04-08 03:51:49 PM
From the Southern Poverty Law Center:
"Estranged son Nathan Phelps will claim later that part of his father's strategy is to file frivolous lawsuits in the hope that his targets will settle to avoid the costs of defense."

Granted, that doesn't say if he ever won...
 
2013-04-08 04:38:05 PM

sovietski: nekom: SilentStrider: nekom: Random side note, as someone in a fark thread once said, when Fred Phelps dies, that funeral is going to look like burning man.

. nah. Biggest insult to that man would be if no one showed up to his funeral. Not even his family.

I don't know, part of me REALLY wants to see the gay community have their fun with that. Just stage the gayest gayout that's ever gayed there. Make sure it's a scene that would have abhorred him, just as his vile and obscene group has abhorred the funerals of too many.

"Gayest gayout that's ever gayed."

Even gayer than the Gay Pride parade in NYC? NTTAWWT.

IMHO, I hope no one shows up to protest Fred's funeral, but I'd have a have a hearty LOL at their expense.


oh I'm talking like what happens when a Freddy Mercury collides with a drag queen convention. In fact, why not have an annual pride festival on the site of his grave? Of course none of this makes any practical sense, as has been pointed out they are troll lawyers so the best thing to do is to ignore them, but hey they can't sue you for having an epic gayout. Well, maybe in some states, who knows.
 
2013-04-08 04:50:33 PM
What did he ever do to you? Oh wait, did you produce Battlefield Earth?
 
2013-04-08 05:12:43 PM

fireclown: CheekyMonkey: ToxicMunkee: I'd love to see hundreds of counter-protesters show up but without signs.  And they don't say anything.  They just stand there and stare at the Westboro people.  Stare.  Silently.

Stare.

Silent, staring protesters.  All with visible boners.  That should work.

NOW we're onto something.


And fap fap fap fap fap fap fapping.
 
2013-04-08 05:18:37 PM
Smeggy Smurf: I knew I had you color coded correctly.  I wish those closeted homos would come over this way.  Alas, they knew this isn't a safe area.

I was unaware that your toughness only existed in Idaho.  Is there some sort of ITG kryptonite that exists in other states?  And I don't give a fark how you have color coded me.  You just proved  you're not gonna do anything about it.
 
2013-04-08 05:21:04 PM

Lord_Baull: From the Southern Poverty Law Center:
"Estranged son Nathan Phelps will claim later that part of his father's strategy is to file frivolous lawsuits in the hope that his targets will settle to avoid the costs of defense."

Granted, that doesn't say if he ever won...


Is settling out-of-court considered a win?
 
2013-04-08 05:26:36 PM

nekom: sovietski: nekom: SilentStrider: nekom: Random side note, as someone in a fark thread once said, when Fred Phelps dies, that funeral is going to look like burning man.

. nah. Biggest insult to that man would be if no one showed up to his funeral. Not even his family.

I don't know, part of me REALLY wants to see the gay community have their fun with that. Just stage the gayest gayout that's ever gayed there. Make sure it's a scene that would have abhorred him, just as his vile and obscene group has abhorred the funerals of too many.

"Gayest gayout that's ever gayed."

Even gayer than the Gay Pride parade in NYC? NTTAWWT.

IMHO, I hope no one shows up to protest Fred's funeral, but I'd have a have a hearty LOL at their expense.

oh I'm talking like what happens when a Freddy Mercury collides with a drag queen convention. In fact, why not have an annual pride festival on the site of his grave? Of course none of this makes any practical sense, as has been pointed out they are troll lawyers so the best thing to do is to ignore them, but hey they can't sue you for having an epic gayout. Well, maybe in some states, who knows.


I was thinking something along those lines.

At said festival you could always have the entire discography of Village People and Queen, cranked to 11 and on repeat. I'd show up for that alone.

Maybe it'll rain and a rainbow would appear? Hell maybe Sasha Baron Cohen would show up as Bruno and/or Freddie Mercury.

And I'm not talking about just the American gay community either. Make it an international gay pride festival. Send the WBC an invitation too!

/possibilities are endless
 
2013-04-08 05:48:43 PM
Christ, what an asshole!
 
2013-04-08 06:06:40 PM
thehumansaredead.files.wordpress.com

\ obligatory
 
2013-04-08 06:20:19 PM

ds_4815: scottydoesntknow: They are reaching the end, and now they're scared they'll just fade away as a footnote in history.

[notfncute.com image 600x300]

If I had the angry cat, I would eat it. that darned cat, it's just so cute!
 
2013-04-08 06:45:38 PM

Publikwerks: [cdn.hark.com image 640x336]
I hate Illinois NazisWestboro Baptist Church


Came here to say that.. beat me to it. :) <3 You!
 
2013-04-08 07:16:44 PM
Can we please all just ignore them now? I know it's chic to rattle a troll's cage sometimes, especially when pressing their buttons results in some new phraseology or sound bite / post that
you can laugh at.

I believe we've shaken the Phelps' "Religious 8-Ball" enough. We're not going to get anything new popping up in the window when we turn it over; maybe it's time to toss it aside and stop paying attention to the damn thing...

Yeah, we get it: your closed-minded "god" hates the same thing you hate. Imagine that. A figment of some hatemongler's* mind is as bigoted as is the hatemongler themself.

For a discussion of why I am using the term "mongler" instead of "monger" please see this thread.
 
2013-04-08 07:22:54 PM

sovietski:
And I'm not talking about just the American gay community either. Make it an international gay pride festival. Send the WBC an invitation too!

/possibilities are endless


Oh by all means it should be international. A good friend of mine lives near Stockholm, she says they have HUGE pride festivities there. I'm sure they'll send a contingent for that. Seriously, how much better could anyone possibly conceive of owning those clowns than to have the largest international gay pride party at his grave? And of course, naturally litigate against then when they try to stop it for extra delicious irony.
 
2013-04-08 07:42:03 PM
NAME IN
VAIN
MORTAL
SIN

Wave that one in their face a while.
 
2013-04-08 08:18:05 PM

prjindigo: NAME IN
VAIN
MORTAL
SIN
Wave that one in their face a while.


FINALLY someone who understands what that means
 
2013-04-08 08:19:47 PM
FuryOfFirestorm * * Smartest * Funniest 2013-04-08 02:25:45 PM Infinite Monkeys In Front Of A Computer: I would actually be proud if they protested my funeral. It means I must have done something right. Didn't Ebert say something to that effect? I think he'd love that the WBC is is going to show up at his funeral.
=========================================

I think he's posted about it either in a blog or on his twitter.

If the former, I don't remember. If the latter, there's no way in hell I'm looking through 30000 tweets.
 
2013-04-08 08:23:33 PM

barneyfifesbullet: Fred Phelps is a Democrat. So many seem to think he is some right wing fundie crazy, when he is just plain crazy.


He ran for office once as a Democrat.  That's not enough to prove he isn't a right winger.

I'm confident he's an agent provacateur  but I can't figure out for which side.
 
2013-04-08 09:36:16 PM

Diogenes: Two thumbs up (their asses)!


I would try for something bigger, but they might enjoy it too much.
 
2013-04-08 09:40:05 PM

Lord_Baull: The WBC is a giant clan of lawyers who live off lawsuits. As much fun as it would be to go all Bottle Kids on them ultimately it would just end up lining their pockets.

Citation please.


Are you really not familiar with WBC's MO?


I am very familiar with their MO. The problem is people continue to post "they sue the shiat out of people/cities and make their living that way" which is the farthest thing from the truth.

I spent an afternoon last summer researching WBC and came up with the following. I do have the age wrong on Shirley Roper and some of the info may be a bit outdated but otherwise the info is correct. A lot of it came from the Southern Poverty Law Center and then from various other sources on the net. It's almost to the point where I quit reading posts about WBC because so much info people post in their comments is wrong. That's why I ask for a citation when someone makes the same tired statement. I have yet to have someone provide a citation attesting to the fact they reap windfalls and live off the fruits of lawsuits.

What I found that one afternoon....


They won the Supreme Court case and the loser has been ordered to pay $16,500 in legal fees. Fred Phelps and his small congregation provide WBC's funding; the group neither solicits nor accepts outside donations. In addition to this income, the church makes money by winning or settling civil lawsuits involving the church. During the 1990s, the group sued Topeka multiple times for failing to provide sufficient protection during its protests. Although they lost most of their cases, WBC did win $43,000 in legal fees in 1993. According to Shirley Phelps-Roper, they also won more than $100,000 in 1995 in a lawsuit against Kansas' Funeral Picketing Act, which they claimed violated their First Amendment rights. Because the Phelps family represents WBC in court, they can put the fees they win towards supporting the church. On July 27, 2010, the city of Bellevue dropped the charges of flag desecration and contributing to the delinquency of a child, due to a federal judge declaring the flag desecration law unconstitutional. The city also paid Phelps-Roper $17,000 in a settlement agreement, in exchange for her dropping a pending lawsuit against the city.
Most articles put their travel/protest expenses at $200k a year or more. These suits they have won in no way support their expenses for the last couple of decades. I would love for someone to prove me wrong as I am genuinely curious, but I cannot find anywhere that supports the Internet "old wives tale" that they sue and win all the time.

Cast of Characters and Phelps Family Tree

Reverend Fred Phelps: lawyer and Baptist minister; head of the Westboro Baptist Church; 64 years old. Disbarred.

Marge Phelps: wife of Fred; mother of his 13 children; 68 years old. WBC member.

1. Fred Phelps, Jr.: lawyer and employee at the Kansas Department of Corrections; 40 years old. Oldest son. WBC member.

Betty Phelps (Schurle): wife of Fred, Jr.; lawyer and owner-operator of a day-care home; 41 years old. WBC member.

2. ***Mark Phelps: businessman in Southern California; estranged from the family cult; 39 years old. 2nd son.

Luava Phelps (Sundgren): wife of Mark; childhood sweetheart; 36 years old.

3. ***Katherine Phelps: lawyer; suspended from the bar; living on welfare; 38 years-old; oldest daughter. Not in WBC.

4. Margie Phelps: lawyer and employee of the Kansas Department of Corrections; 37 years old; 2nd daughter. WBC member.

5. Shirley Phelps-Roper: lawyer at Phelps Chartered; 36 years old; 3rd daughter. WBC member.

Brent Roper: husband of Shirley; lawyer and businessman in Topeka; 30 years old; WBC member.

6. ***Nate Phelps: businessman in Southern California; estranged from family cult; 35 years old. 3rd son.

7. Jonathon Phelps: lawyer; 4th son; 34 years old; WBC member. Paulette Phelps (Ossiander): wife of Jonathon; 33 years old; high school graduate; WBC member.

8. Rebekah Phelps-Davis: lawyer at Phelps Chartered; 32 years old; 4th daughter; WBC member.

Chris Davis: husband to Rebekah; 38 years old; raised from childhood in the WBC.

9. Elizabeth Phelps: lawyer at Phelps Chartered; night house manager staff at Sheltered Living, Inc. Topeka; 31 years old; 5th daughter; WBC member. Former counsel for the Shawnee County Sheriff's Department.

10. Timothy Phelps: lawyer and employee of the Shawnee County Department of Corrections; 30 years old; 5th son; WBC member.

Lee Ann Phelps (Brown): wife of Timothy; lawyer and employee of Shawnee County Sheriff's Department; 27 years old; WBC member.

11.***Dorotha Bird (Phelps): lawyer practicing independently in Topeka; 6th daughter; not a WBC member; changed her last name to avoid family's notoriety. 29 years old.

12. Rachel Phelps: lawyer at Phelps Chartered; YMCA fitness instructor; 28 years old; 7th daughter; WBC member.

13. Abigail Phelps: lawyer and employee at SRS-Youth and Adult Services, Juvenile Offender Program; 25 years old; 8th daughter; WBC member.

OTHERSFred Wade Phelps: the Rev. Phelps' father; he lived in Meridian, Mississippi. He was a railroad bull.

Catherine Idalette Phelps (Johnson): the Rev. Phelps' mother; she died when he was a small child.

Martha Jean Capron (Phelps): the Rev. Phelps' only sibling; a former missionary to Indonesia, she now lives in Pennsylvania; the brother and sister have not spoken for years.

***Denotes a Phelps child who has left the family cult.
 
2013-04-08 09:47:37 PM
At any given moment in there is a small subset of all people who are in the US, outside of prison, who have nothing of value, and who are looking for an easy low-risk way to get back into prison for as long as possible.

Wouldn't it be horrible if a few such people gathered together, showed up at a protest they didn't agree with that was full of people who were trained not to strike back no matter what, and beat the ever loving crap out of this random group of protestors with baseball bats and tire irons and such?

I would feel so bad for the poor protestors if that happened. Beaten up AND nobody with anything of value to sue? The horribly guilty parties actually wanting to go to prison? That would just be the worst thing imaginable. Thank god nobody is suggesting this would be a good idea, as it clearly would just be the worst thing ever.
 
2013-04-08 10:40:34 PM

Yogimus: prjindigo: NAME IN
VAIN
MORTAL
SIN
Wave that one in their face a while.

FINALLY someone who understands what that means


img52.imageshack.us
 
2013-04-08 11:29:27 PM
Aren't there laws against harassment?
 
2013-04-08 11:50:14 PM
Anyone know if they actually went through with this?  I did not hear anything on the news about them showing up here in Chicago, but I missed part of tonight's news cast.
 
2013-04-09 12:03:23 AM
The Westboro Closet Cases are at it again.
 
2013-04-09 01:21:35 AM
Who even takes these people seriously anymore?

I keep saying that the best way to counter-protest them is to have a ripped gay dude dressed as Jesus making out with another dude right in front of them, but no one ever listens...
 
2013-04-09 01:28:24 AM
I imagine Phred's tomb stone could become an alter for gay marriage ceremonies.
 
2013-04-09 01:47:59 AM
Poor Roger. He had to sit through all those crappy movies, and now this.
 
2013-04-09 03:51:31 AM

Spaced Lion: Who even takes these people seriously anymore?

I keep saying that the best way to counter-protest them is to have a ripped gay dude dressed as Jesus making out with another dude right in front of them, but no one ever listens...


As long as the other dude is a fatty.
 
2013-04-09 11:05:21 AM
Yep. pretty much what I thought.
We'll never stop hearing about these ass clowns because all of you like them. You can't get enough.
Never mind they're professional trolls and they win every time they're discussed.
Keep farking that chicken!
 
2013-04-09 03:26:07 PM
Napalm?
 
2013-04-09 06:31:04 PM

doubled99: Yep. pretty much what I thought.
We'll never stop hearing about these ass clowns because all of you like them. You can't get enough.
Never mind they're professional trolls and they win every time they're discussed.
Keep farking that chicken!


You want to start making sense at some point?
 
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