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"Westboro Baptist Church came to my school today…"
Reddit user peakgeek posted this photo with the caption, “Westboro Baptist Church came to my school today… this was by far the best sign.”

"Westboro Baptist Church came to my school today…"

Reddit user peakgeek posted this photo with the caption, “Westboro Baptist Church came to my school today… this was by far the best sign.”

Posted by Dan Leveille at 7:14pm
Gay Couples Kiss in Front of Westboro Baptist Church Protesters

WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 27: Two same sex couples kiss in front of Westboro Baptist Church protesters, at the U.S. Supreme Court, on March 27, 2013 in Washington, DC. Today the high court is scheduled to hear arguments on whether Congress can withhold federal benefits from legally wed gay couples by defining marriage as only between a man and a woman.

(Mark Wilson / Getty via Huffington Post)

Gay Couples Kiss in Front of Westboro Baptist Church Protesters

WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 27: Two same sex couples kiss in front of Westboro Baptist Church protesters, at the U.S. Supreme Court, on March 27, 2013 in Washington, DC. Today the high court is scheduled to hear arguments on whether Congress can withhold federal benefits from legally wed gay couples by defining marriage as only between a man and a woman.

(Mark Wilson / Getty via Huffington Post)

Posted by Dan Leveille at 6:40pm

Nonprofit Buys House Across From Westboro Baptist Church, Paints It Rainbow Colored

Aaron Jackson, one of the founders of charity Planting Peace, decided to purchase a house across from the homophobic Westboro Baptist Church and then paint it the colors of the gay pride flag.

According to The Huffington Post, the organization purchased the Topeka, Kansas house for roughly $83,000. Planting Peace calls it “Equality House” and is the beginning of a campaign against the hate group.

"I didn’t know anything about the church or where they were located, but that story kept popping up. And one night I wondered, Where is this church? I got on Google Earth, and I was ‘walking down the road,’ and I did a 360 view. And I saw a ‘For Sale’ sign sitting in the front yard of a house. Right away it hit me, Oh my gosh, I could buy a house in front of the WBC! And immediately I thought: And I’m going to paint that thing the color of the pride flag."

Read the full article at The Huffington Post.

(Photos: Carol Hartsell / Huffington Post)

More: LGBT Rights in Kansas, United States

Posted by Dan Leveille at 4:49pm
Gay gamer convention GaymerCon to be picketed by the Westboro Baptist Church
GaymerCon, which is described as “the first gaming and tech convention with a focus on LGBT geek culture,” has become the homophobic Westboro Baptist Church's latest picketing target.
The Westboro Baptist Church published a video condemning the convention after Gaymercon gather press coverage for their successful Kickstarter campaign:

"We need yet another area of life where fag filth is intentionally called out and crammed down our throats?"

"What we’ve all been longing for: a fag-focused gaming convention! #MustPicket" tweeted Rebekah Phelps-Roper, one of church’s members.
GaymerCon is scheduled for the late summer of 2013 and will be held in San Francisco.
Last week, GaymerCon raised $12,223 USD from their Kickstarter project within just 24 hours. The Kickstarter project reached it’s goal of $25,000 in less than 4 days. The project’s funding period still has 20 days left and is currently at $45,142 with 861 individual backers.
Watch the full Westboro Baptist Church video (Warning: Offensive)
GaymerCon on Kickstarter More information: Gaymercon.org, Twitter, Facebook

Gay gamer convention GaymerCon to be picketed by the Westboro Baptist Church

GaymerCon, which is described as “the first gaming and tech convention with a focus on LGBT geek culture,” has become the homophobic Westboro Baptist Church's latest picketing target.

The Westboro Baptist Church published a video condemning the convention after Gaymercon gather press coverage for their successful Kickstarter campaign:

"We need yet another area of life where fag filth is intentionally called out and crammed down our throats?"

"What we’ve all been longing for: a fag-focused gaming convention! #MustPicket" tweeted Rebekah Phelps-Roper, one of church’s members.

GaymerCon is scheduled for the late summer of 2013 and will be held in San Francisco.

Last week, GaymerCon raised $12,223 USD from their Kickstarter project within just 24 hours. The Kickstarter project reached it’s goal of $25,000 in less than 4 days. The project’s funding period still has 20 days left and is currently at $45,142 with 861 individual backers.

Watch the full Westboro Baptist Church video (Warning: Offensive)

GaymerCon on Kickstarter More information: Gaymercon.org, TwitterFacebook

Posted by Dan Leveille at 8:03pm

Anonymous hacks Westboro Baptist Church’s website during live interview

A source from the internet group Anonymous was interviewed on a radio show, along with Shirley Phelps-Roper of the homophobic Westboro Baptist Church. During the interview, Anonymous hacked the church’s website.

Earlier this week, a press release aimed at the Westboro Baptist Church was posted around the internet that claimed to be from Anonymous. The Westboro Baptist Church responded to this by publishing their own release stating, “bring it, cowards.”

Anonymous then posted a follow-up press release denying that they did not publish the original press release.

These shenanigans were discussed during the interview on the David Pakman Show. Towards the end of the discussion, the Anonymous source said:

“I was just going to say in the time that Shirley was blabbing her religious preachings I actually did some business and I think if you check downloads.westborobaptistchurch.com right now you’ll see a nice message from Anonymous.”

The WBC’s website was hacked to display a Anonymous press release (see screenshot).

Throughout the interview, the Anonymous source references internet memes, such as claiming he has “over 9,000 sins.”

The family who runs the Westboro Baptist Church has been referred to as “America’s Most Hated Family.” Most of their protesting efforts are targeted at gays and soldiers, even though many of those protests get drowned out by counter-protesters.

(via Reddit)

Posted by Dan Leveille at 11:27pm
The Westboro Baptist Church is too inappropriate for Google
Fun fact: When using Google’s Search Stories Creator, Google does not allow you to use the query “Westboro Baptist Church" because it is allegedly not "appropriate."

The Westboro Baptist Church is too inappropriate for Google

Fun fact: When using Google’s Search Stories Creator, Google does not allow you to use the query “Westboro Baptist Church" because it is allegedly not "appropriate."

Posted by Dan Leveille at 11:11am

Westboro Baptist Church greeted by over 500 counter-protesters in Blacksburg, VA

Six members from the Westboro Baptist Church traveled to Blacksburg on Friday to protest America’s growing acceptance of gays, the Obama administration and Jews who refuse to repent for the death of Jesus Christ.

Their songs and chants were mostly drowned out by the car horns and voices of counter-demonstrators whom stood along Prices Fork Road.

Their presence downtown drew about 500 counterdemonstrators. Many held nonsensical signs that read, “What the french toast?” and “Pickle Your Kumquat.”

See photos from this protest at The Times-Delphic.

Posted by Too at 8:59am
Westboro Baptist Church appoints first gay minister
 
Topeka, Kansas — The Westboro Baptist Church has made history today, appointing its first openly gay minister. James Arrington, a 32-year-old minister hopes that he will set an example for others.
James Arrington is an openly gay minister who grew up in Topeka, Kansas.
In an interview with Equalitopia, Arrington said that he did not expect to be appointed a minister into the church. “I’m not sure exactly what it was,” he explained, “but I felt like I wouldn’t really fit into the church.”
Arrington hopes that being gay will set an example for the church’s members that God is accepting of everyone. “I plan on encouraging others in the church not to be afraid of their sexuality,” he said, “we just need to be ourselves and live by the word of God.”
Gay rights advocates call it a major victory for the LGBT movement, hoping that the Westboro Baptist Church will set an example for others.
The Westboro Baptist Church has not disclosed when Arrington’s first church service will take place, in fear that the public might protest the service.
(Photo: K. Ryan Jones)

Westboro Baptist Church appoints first gay minister

Topeka, Kansas — The Westboro Baptist Church has made history today, appointing its first openly gay minister. James Arrington, a 32-year-old minister hopes that he will set an example for others.

James Arrington is an openly gay minister who grew up in Topeka, Kansas.

In an interview with Equalitopia, Arrington said that he did not expect to be appointed a minister into the church. “I’m not sure exactly what it was,” he explained, “but I felt like I wouldn’t really fit into the church.”

Arrington hopes that being gay will set an example for the church’s members that God is accepting of everyone. “I plan on encouraging others in the church not to be afraid of their sexuality,” he said, “we just need to be ourselves and live by the word of God.”

Gay rights advocates call it a major victory for the LGBT movement, hoping that the Westboro Baptist Church will set an example for others.

The Westboro Baptist Church has not disclosed when Arrington’s first church service will take place, in fear that the public might protest the service.

(Photo: K. Ryan Jones)

Posted by Dan Leveille at 1:05am

Student turns Westboro Baptist Church protest into LGBT fundraiser

University of Illinois Chicago student Jason Connell turned an anti-gay protest of the Westboro Baptist Church into a fundraiser to raise money for LGBT rights groups.

The groups include the Human Rights CampaignInternational AIDS Foundation and Chicago-based Jerusalem Open House.

Jason explains:

All the donations we collect today are going to be made in honor of the WBC and for everyone who donates I have some community thank you cards that we mailed to Fred Phelps and the Westboro Baptist Church, thanking them because their presence here is what allowed this to happen.

Posted by Dan Leveille at 4:26pm
Supreme Court to rule on anti-gay  protests at military funerals
The Supreme Court  said on Monday it would decide whether constitutional free-speech rights  protected anti-gay protests by members The Westboro Baptist Church at funerals  for U.S. military members killed in Iraq.
The justices today said they will hear an appeal from Albert Snyder, who  sued and won a $5 million award after his son’s 2006 Maryland funeral  was disrupted by protesters led by Fred W. Phelps Sr., a Kansas pastor. A  federal appeals court said the award violated the Constitution’s  free-speech clause.
Protests launched by Phelps and his congregants have been met with  revulsion across the United States and around 40 states have now passed  laws regulating demonstrations at funerals.
The case, which the court will consider in its  2010-11 term, is Snyder v. Phelps, 09-751.
 
(Full story: The Washington Post)

Supreme Court to rule on anti-gay protests at military funerals

The Supreme Court said on Monday it would decide whether constitutional free-speech rights protected anti-gay protests by members The Westboro Baptist Church at funerals for U.S. military members killed in Iraq.

The justices today said they will hear an appeal from Albert Snyder, who sued and won a $5 million award after his son’s 2006 Maryland funeral was disrupted by protesters led by Fred W. Phelps Sr., a Kansas pastor. A federal appeals court said the award violated the Constitution’s free-speech clause.

Protests launched by Phelps and his congregants have been met with revulsion across the United States and around 40 states have now passed laws regulating demonstrations at funerals.

The case, which the court will consider in its 2010-11 term, is Snyder v. Phelps, 09-751.

(Full story: The Washington Post)

Posted by Too at 12:25am