How Do You Stop Westboro Baptist Picketers?
Funeral directors have more reason to dislike Westboro Baptist Church than the average US citizen. WBC attempts to pain the family that we try so hard to serve. We pour our soul into a family, we do whatever we can to make sure their funeral service goes off without a glitch and a hitch … and then we get the news.
I’ve had a brief twitter interaction with one of the WBC Phelps clan. And a couple years ago, WBC threatened to picket one of our funerals. A friend of mine was KIA in Iraq. It was the first Iraq War death in our area and received a lot of news coverage, which in turn attracted the leeches from WBC.
A biker gang also caught wind of WBC’s plans and they showed up to enforce their own type of justice if WBC showed up … which they didn’t … thankfully. The family of my buddy didn’t need WBC, nor did they need the biker gang beating the crap out the Phelps cult.
I’ve often wondered how we would approach WBC if they were to actually protest one of our funerals.
I couldn’t reason with them.
I couldn’t pay them to leave.
I couldn’t pray them away.
Although resorting to violence might be tempting, it’s just not my style.
Texas A&M tried a successful strategy when an Alumni of A&M was KIA. Approximately 650 A&M students and alumni showed up at the Central Baptist Church, created an “Aggie Wall” and blocked the WBC from protesting.
But there’s another method that was recently used that might not be as beautiful as the Aggie Wall, but it’s much more creative.
For some unknown reason (there were no funerals … I guess WBC was just in the area), the WBC decided to picket Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Seattle. Twenty-seven year old Melissa Neace organized a counter-protest, launching a Facebook group titled “Zombie’ing Westboro Baptist Church AWAY from Fort Lewis!”
How do you stop Westboro Baptist Picketers?
Zombies. Lots of Zombies.
Here’s the video: