Westboro Baptist Church coming to Brandeis

from the facebook page

This is going to be fun.

The Westboro Baptist “Church” is a bona fide hate group, according to the Anti Defamation League and the Southern Poverty Law Center. They're also quite small – basically this guy Fred Phelps and his large extended family rove around the country throwing absurd protests that no one supports.

They're coming to Brandeis on December 3.


“remind these Jews that they bear the curse of their forefather's murder of Christ. Further these college students of doomed america live for the devil himself, spending their energies on drunkeness, lust, sloth and greed rather than serving the Lord Almighty.”

How are we going to respond?

I'm thinking, if these loonies are going to get me up at 8:45 in a morning for the inevitable counter-protest, it's going to be for something that doesn't just respond to them, but instead affirmatively builds something positive here. Something to make us feel more like a community.

I propose some sort of party.

What do you think?


Brainstorm here:

List of ideas so far:



 embolden mine


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  1. Get ready. They were chased away

    in fine fashion when they were supposed to come to Newburyport Yankee Homecoming to protest the Laramie Project.   Hundreds of mostly young people were ready for them in counter protest.    They never came downtown.  

  2. Just make hundreds of signs about how ugly their women are.

    You can't protest their religion, as it will embolden them, or try to talk to them rationally.  However, if you hyperfocus on how ugly all the WBC women are, via signs, chants, all kinds of stuff, it will get to them - bigtime. It doesn't matter how much of a religious zealot a woman is, calling her ugly over and over again will enrage her.  Then, you can take advantage of the situation and call all the men pussies because you've been calling their wives ugly dogs for 30 mins and they can't do anything about it.  

    I'm thinking "There's no mirrors in the Westboro Baptist Church" and "Only a man blind with religious fervor could love that face"

  3. The response at Brandeis

    We're so glad this story is being picked up by off-campus media! Last night, a group of over 100 Brandeis students gathered to begin planning a day of celebration for the Brandeis community on December 3rd. While the WBC's decision to protest our community has obviously been a catalyst for our plans, we have decided that the most important thing that day is to celebrate who we are as a community, since the WBC seems to be against everything we are.

    Our commitment to celebration can be found here: http://bit.ly/CelebrateBrandeis

    In addition, we will be participating in a Phelps-A-Thon, raising money for Keshet for every minute the WBC protests at Brandeis. Keshet is a Boston-based Jewish GLBT group. Our Phelps-A-Thon page can be found here: http://www.phelps-a-thon.com/h...

    Campus is buzzing with excitement as we prepare to turn the WBC's hatred into a day of positive action celebrating our community!

  4. $quot;no mirrors$quot;--Huh?

    JoeTS, I don't know you, so I'm going to assume you mean well, but your suggestion is horribly misogynistic. You may not know this, but that "ugly" stuff is exactly the tactic the ultra-righties use against prominent Democratic or left-leaning women to depersonalize them--as if their only function is to look pleasing to men.

    I'm no shrinking violet. I wish our side would play hardball more often. In this case, I'm all for ridicule; FSM knows there's plenty there to ridicule (and the Pastafarians have done an admirable job at it, too). But please, no misogyny from our side; we have to deal with enough of it from the other guys. Thanks.

    • Do find the Reply button

    • prominent republican women get ridiculed and depersonalized just as much as the liberal ones do

      sometimes more, if you take to heart sarah palin and christine o'donnell.  Given that, I would hardly call it a tactic of "utlra-righties".  

      However, you are correct about the depersonalization - it's what I'm going for.  The men and women of the WBC are not people in my view. They will not be afforded the level of respect I give others who disagree with my opinions.  They will be afforded the respect I would give a filthy cur digging in my trash can in the morning.  

      They represent an evil and mean spiritedness that is anomalous in even our polarized society.  The UGLINESS of their women is not simply a physical one.  They are ugly to the core of their being.  They are ugly in their souls.  

      Look not into a mirror, men and women of the WBC, lest the eyes of the devil stare back at you.

      • Sorry, *BEEEEEEEP* not equivalent

        Sarah Palin and Christine O'Donnell get ridiculed cuz they're batshit crazy - just like most of their male counterparts (Sen. Inhofe, etc). It has NOTHING AT ALL to do with gender (other than I'm embarrassed for my gender because of them).

  5. Send in the clowns!

    Send in the clowns! When the white supremacist group VNN Vanguard Nazi/KKK tried to host a hate rally in Knoxville, Tennessee, they were foiled by ... clowns!

       Unfortunately for [VNN] the 100th ARA (Anti Racist Action) clown block came and handed them their asses by making them appear like the asses they were.

       Alex Linder the founder of VNN and the lead organizer of the rally kicked off events by rushing the clowns in a fit of rage, and was promptly arrested by 4 Knoxville police officers who dropped him to the ground when he resisted and dragged him off past the red shiny shoes of the clowns.

       "White Power!" the Nazi's shouted, "White Flour?" the clowns yelled back running in circles throwing flour in the air and raising separate letters which spelt "White Flour".

       "White Power!" the Nazi's angrily shouted once more, "White flowers?" the clowns cheers and threw white flowers in the air and danced about merrily.

       "White Power!" the Nazi's tried once again in a doomed and somewhat funny attempt to clarify their message, "ohhhhhh!" the clowns yelled "Tight Shower!" and held a solar shower in the air and all tried to crowd under to get clean as per the Klan's directions.

       At this point several of the Nazi's and Klan members began clutching their hearts as if they were about to have a heart attack. Their beady eyes bulged, and the veins in their tiny narrow foreheads beat in rage. One last time they screamed "White Power!"

       The clown women thought they finally understood what the Klan was trying to say. "Ohhhhh..." the women clowns said. "Now we understand...", "WIFE POWER!" they lifted the letters up in the air, grabbed the nearest male clowns and lifted them in their arms and ran about merrily chanting "WIFE POWER! WIFE POWER! WIFE POWER!"

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