The notorious Westboro Baptist Church fringe hate group targeted joint military base Lewis-McChord in Seattle Washington Friday July 27, 2012 for their anti-military, anti-gay protest.
They announced their decision to picket this Fort Lewis on their website and via Twitter. As the thousands of people who showed up to shield the families of the Aurora shooting found out, their threats of protest are usually not fulfilled. Unfortunately for the troops and families in Seattle eight of their members showed up.
They not only didn’t show up in Aurora, they slapped up a quick photoshopped job of themselves holding their signs behind the 12 crosses. The committed wall of people followed via Twitter posts to the area the hate club were claiming to be only it was a big scam and lie.
Counter-demonstrators organized a picket of the picket in DuPont and decided to dress up as un-dead zombies to mock the Westboro mob and to support their military community at Lewis-McChord. They coordinated their efforts using an event on Facebook.
The Westboro Baptist Church is a very small group of misguided souls who support their hate group by suing people who try to interfere with their right to free speech. The zombie army was given these instructions on the event page.
“NO violence, NO throwing of objects, NO launching of objects, NO PHYSICAL CONTACT WITH ANY MEMBER OF THE WBC. Don’t even speak to them! This is for your safety, these people are sue happy and will look for any reason to sue you! WE ARE NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR YOUR ACTIONS! Please act like adults!”
Westboro Baptist always broadcasts their intentions whether actual or threats on their Phelps family members Twitter accounts including Shirley Phelps-Roper, Margie Phelps, Fred Phelps and Nate Phelps mostly just re-tweet on another’s posts with inflammatory hashtags like you see below.
Margie Phelps @MargieJPhelps We’re on the way! #FagTroopSignBaby MT @RachiPooPooHead: Westboro Baptist Church is picketing at Fort Lewis July 27th.
Soldiers Die 4 Fag Marriage in the air at Ft.Lewis as @WBCSteve reminds duped @USArmy troops fags not worth suicide. pic.twitter.com/0tOWGeEx
Rebekah Phelps-Roper @WBCVideo – Blow your trumpets, america! But Westboro will not bow down to ya idols. We’ll picket ’em! Right now @usarmy #FortLewis
Steve Drain of the Topeka Kansas hate group appears in the video below stating:
“Amazon’s founder said today he’s going to put $2.5 million in the kitty. Amazon.com’s founder [donated] to push for [expletive deleted] marriage in the state of Washington, and you think God kills soldiers because of that? Absolutely, he does,” said Steve Drain of the Westboro Baptist Church.
One woman tramples a U.S. Flag while singing an anti-gay, anti-military version of The Army Song” changing the words to “your Army goes marching to hell.” Her photo is in the slide show above.
“I think that their message is very hateful, and Jesus was not a hateful person. He loved everybody,” said counter-demonstrator Ashley Winslow.
Ten times the number of zombie and military families showed up to show support for their troops. Emotions were high, and the rhetoric was inflammatory but no violence occurred and no arrests were made.
Quote and video source: KIRO 7 Eyewitness News
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