- GLBT COmmunity and anyone against Westboro Babtist Church
- United States of America
I am sure we have all heard of the horrific protests staged by the Topeka-based Westboro Baptist Church. They are the ones who have children holding signs at the funerals of war heroes that say such hateful things as "God Hates Fags".
At the trial of one of Matthew Sheppard's attackers a group of Matthews friends who call themselves "Angel Action" decided to do something about the hateful group. They dressed as Angels with huge wings and blocked the church protesters from view. They stood silently through the whole thing until the Westboro church members actually gave up and left.
They showed that these mean spirited biggots are no better than any other bully. I think we need to take a stand and show them that the same laws which protect their hate mongering also protect the rest of us.
I propose this... Let's take our message to them. Let's make signs, dress like the angels of "Angel Action", paint ourselves as rainbows, or anything, and take this to their doorstep.
They have willingly traveled the world to spread hate, we need to take a stand on their doorstep. I would like to hold our own protest across the street, or within the legal limits, from their church. We have every legal right to do so. The only way to stop a bully is to stand up to them.
We need to show them we are not going to put up with their nonsense anymore. It may be too late to set this up for the anniversary of Matthew Sheppard's death, but I think that this message can make as big an impact on any day of the year. As of now the plan is for April 26, 2008.
I am not affiliated with "Angel Action" or the Matthew Sheppard Foundation, I simply admire their courage in standing up for themselves and others. If you would like to participate, or just show your support, please sign.
The Stop the Hate petition to GLBT COmmunity and anyone against Westboro Babtist Church was written by Sunny Daken and is in the category Gender Rights and Issues at GoPetition.