[Photos] Westboro Baptist Church Protests the Southern Baptist Convention. This Should Be Fun

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photos by Marco Torres
Local turntablist DJ Remix takes a stern yet light-hearted approach against the Westboro Baptist Church
In the world of protestors, there are the revolutionary type (Arab Spring) and the pacifist/sit-in type (Occupy Wall Street), and then you have the bat-shit crazy, inappropriate, and downright horrible type. The notorious Westboro Baptist Church falls under that last category. The hateful yet exceptionally well organized group travels the country to protest military funerals, the U.S. government, Jewish people, and most prominently, homosexuals.

Several members were in town yesterday to protest the 2013 Southern Baptist Convention taking place at the George R. Brown. Although their name includes the term "Baptist", Westboro is not affiliated with either the Baptist World Alliance or the Southern Baptist Convention.

The Houston Police Department was on hand to keep the peace between the church, which in this instance only included five members, and the dozen or so counter-protesters who also held up signs and chanted anti-hate slogans towards the Westboro members.

Westboro set up across the street facing the convention center, and with the help of a Bose portable iPod speaker box, they begun to sing and chant lyrics that included diatribes against "perverts, sodomy, lust, and gays". The songs were covers of pop music hits, including Green Day's American Idiot, Maroon 5's This Love, and Ke$sha's We R Who We R.

The worst was a track that opened with the lyrics "God came to Boston in the spring time, and he said 'BOOM'!"

The counter-protest attempted to drown out the hate speech by singing the actual lyrics of the songs, and shouting things like "We love fags!" and "Fags love you, love us back!"

One convention attendee took time to attempt a civilized conversation with the group, but was immediately attacked with accusations of ignorance and stupidity. "You don't know what I believe!" one Westboro protestor responded. After sensing that his attempts were futile, he walked away, offering a "God bless you."

One of the counter protesters, DJ Remix, who took to Facebook to invite his friends and family to counter protest with him, offered this:

The main reason I went to poke fun of Westboro is because these folks are attention whores with an insane message, and when they show up people usually just talk about how horrible their message is and how cold and evil they [etc]. BUT... if you show up and poke fun at them, not try to be combative and argue with them and try to make them see the light, it takes away a little of their power. It goes from "these horrible people picketing a soldier's funeral" to "a bunch of protesters yellin' with weird signs everywhere."

By no means do I think I or anyone else will ever be able to "win" over Westboro and Shirley Phelps (hey boo*) and make them realize how shitty they are, so I don't see the point in arguing with them. So instead, I'd rather poke fun and protest protests, cause 'they don't accomplish shit.'

No more protests. Get back to work. Make yourself useful.

After the jump, check out photos from the protest.


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Heather Dray
Heather Dray

Devon Divine, Glitter Queen, Kimberly Taylor Danko

Juan_Leg
Juan_Leg

My 'god' can beat up your 'god' !......

bibledoctor02
bibledoctor02

westboro church are the best bible thumpers in the land  and they are white    no one comes close  except the koran hater from gainesville rev terry smith

m1.3hzj
m1.3hzj

Hello, I live in the UK and really do not understand these Westboro people. If they didn't like brown bread, would they picket the brown bread factory? or the shops that sell it?

They come across as being very bigoted and blinkered people who are very unwilling to hear differing opinions to their own, weird, why does Americas tolerate them?

justin_lowry
justin_lowry

THAT is so shameful, that picture. He has a duty to be a watchman. And not only does he shirk that Vital responsibility, but he makes fun of and mocks those righteous sheep doing their job man. Whom care and do their best. He in the mean time twiddles his thumbs, sins and is off in goof troop land.
Southern Baptists are heretics, always have been you history defunct set of reprobates.

justin_lowry
justin_lowry

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tcapjr
tcapjr

nothing in the world can detract from the message. all you can do is set yourself against it.  Then God will deal with you. 

wbcherb
wbcherb

#GODHATESTHEASTROS

I wish you would stop being such A-holes to my church and congregation. We are peaceful loving people and are just trying to spread the good word. Yeah, who cares if some of our family members have explored their sexuality (orally and anally) and who cares if some have actually made a career at it. I'm not going to name names, but you can rest assured that a few are flaming pole smokers while others are of the "other" variety.

#GODHATESLEBONESE

Not only have we come a long way since our inception in 1955, but we are also a NON-PROFIT and are holding a bake sale in December to raise funds for future picket operations.

#GODHATESGEORGEBUSHINTERCONTINENTALAIRPORT

rawrxqueen
rawrxqueen

Also, if you want to see more pictures, you can creep my profile:) 

rawrxqueen
rawrxqueen

I'm the chick in the America bikini top:) We made that protest a celebration of pride and love. We stood up for the entire American population, gay or straight or whatever, and THAT'S the voice that was heard. Thank you Westboro for giving us that opportunity :P

Patrick Gruße
Patrick Gruße

The second time in my life I regret not reading about a suicide bombing (for the record, the first time was when Kim and Kanye visited Rio de Janeiro and stood with their arms extended).

miss_msry
miss_msry

How do those Westboro flakes support themselves. Welfare? Food Stamps?

Eric Dellafave
Eric Dellafave

"Blessed is the man who walketh not In the counsel of the ungodly, Nor standeth in the way of the sinners, Nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful, Nor taketh delight in the way that the unrighteous go. And he should be like a tree planted by the rivers of water. That bringeth forth fruit in it's due season. Nor shall his leaves wither, Nor shall his locks wither, Nor shall he be smitten by the sun of the day, And nor shall he be smitten by the moon of the night. But be prosperous in the way that he goes, In the way of our lord JAH! RASTAFARI!" -H.R. of Bad Brains, The Meek shall inherit the earth..

kelMOd
kelMOd

What the fuck is make love not babies supposed to mean? 

conebaby
conebaby topcommenter

The two stick figures superimposed over the US flag kills me. Every. Time.

rawrxqueen
rawrxqueen

@m1.3hzj No one in America likes them. However, our constitution does not allow our government to ban them from exercising their freedom of speech. The first amendment of the constitution states that "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances." We have made laws that will regulate them, like that they have to be a certain amount of distance away from funerals. I hate that they are allowed to be doing what they are doing. I wish our government could make it illegal. But if we allowed just one exception to the constitution, that would be a slippery slope to making other exceptions here and there. We can't take away Westboro Baptist Church's freedoms without also giving up some of our own. So, instead of just standing by and doing nothing about it, we have to just make a fool out of them:) There's no law against that.

visibleunderwater
visibleunderwater

@wbcherb whatever, your just a bunch of lawyers trying to bait people into attacking you so you can sue them.  Didn't work so well in Oklahoma, did it?

wbcherb
wbcherb

@Mario Garcia #GODHATESPINBALLMACHINES

CyclnSteve
CyclnSteve

And we thank you for taking the time to fuck with them.

wbcherb
wbcherb

@Patrick Gruße #GODLOVESFIRECRACKERS

wbcherb
wbcherb

@miss_msry We support ourselves with the help of the Phelps-Chartered Law Firm. We sue people, groups and establishments that do not agree with us and/or violate our way of thinking. We file over 1,200 lawsuits a year and if we only win 2 or 3 of those frivolous lawsuits, that's usually enough to support our cause for another year. #GODHATESLITIGATION

H_e_x
H_e_x

@miss_msry They goad people into attacking them, then they sue the pants off of the attacker. What's so weird is that Fred Phelps used to be a civil rights attorney, doing pro bono for black clients. What that leaves me to believe is that they hate everyone equally, regardless of the color of your skin.

rawrxqueen
rawrxqueen

@Dodd Melcher Did you know that two of Fred Phelp's granddaughter's left the church because they realized what they were doing was wrong?

NewsDog
NewsDog

@Eric Dellafave   The meek might inherit the earth... but not the mineral rights.   

m1.3hzj
m1.3hzj

@rawrxqueen @m1.3hzj  Thanks for taking the time to answer me. The sticky point I see is "The right of the people  peaceably to assemble" Now, I may be taking out of context bt there seems to be nothing peaceable about these Westboro lnatics.

wbcherb
wbcherb

@rawrxqueen @miss_msry Nobody hires our attorneys. We use them for our own purposes. We might even sue you and the Houston Press for not liking what we do. We wouldn't do that to you RAWRX because I think your hot and I've seen your nudes. 


kelMOd
kelMOd

@rawrxqueen Au contraire; gay people can make babies. All humans can make babies. Just because they aren't fucking the right people to make science happen doesn't mean that they can't. They just choose not to. :) So, the question still remains.... 

rawrxqueen
rawrxqueen

@m1.3hzj @rawrxqueen Also, we have made a lot of laws limiting what they can do. I do wish it was as easy as banning them from our country like the UK and Canada :P

rawrxqueen
rawrxqueen

@m1.3hzj @rawrxqueen Because you can't make something illegal just because it offends someone. It is considered peaceful because there is nothing "violent" about their demonstrations. 

rawrxqueen
rawrxqueen

@kelMOd @rawrxqueen Homosexual reproduction is not possible (absent of any outside sought technology.) That's what the sign means lol. It wasn't really meant to be taken so literally. We were just having fun, really. I'm so for gay people being parents and getting pregnant together in whatever way technology offers:) That's awesome. I just thought it sounded catchy.

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