John M. Becker

This Westboro Baptist Counter-Protest is Beautiful

Filed By John M. Becker | March 24, 2014 2:00 PM | comments

Filed in: Living
Tags: condolences, counter-protests, Fred Phelps, Lorde, love, Westboro Baptist Church

"This is what we must live by," the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. wrote in 1958 after a bomb was thrown into his house in Alabama. "We must meet hate with love."

Responding in love when confronted with hate is among the highest callings of humanity, and the most difficult. And as anti-LGBT haters go, there aren't many more vile than the late Rev. Fred "God Hates Fags" Phelps, whose infamous Westboro Baptist Church pickets soldiers' funerals, LGBT-related events, and anywhere else they think there'll be TV cameras.

But on Friday, when Westboro Baptist staged its first protest since Phelps's death, they were met by counter-protesters bearing a surprising message: condolences.

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Details, after the jump.

KSHB reports:

Members of the Westboro Baptist Church continued their protests without their longtime pastor Fred Phelps outside the Midland Theatre in Downtown Kansas City.

More than 20 protesters protested pop star's Lorde concert, however it was another message that stuck out. A group of counter protesters held up a sign that read "sorry for your loss."

Megan Coleman helped make the sign.

"We realized that it wasn't so much about antagonizing them," she said, "but sending out the countered safe that we are here for people who need that message and need that positivity."

Of course, Westboro pretended not to understand the message -- "I don't even know what they're saying," member Steve Drain said -- but Coleman says that the response to Westboro's protest has still had a positive effect.

"It still does kind of bring other people together," Coleman said, "and so I think it's kind of counter-productive on [Westboro's] end."

Indeed.

Photos via KSHB News.


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