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Westboro Baptist Church Gets Permit To Protest President Barack Obama Inauguration
The Huffington Post | By Cavan Sieczkowski
Posted: 01/15/2013 4:58 pm EST

The Westboro Baptist Church has secured a permit to protest the second inauguration of President Barack Obama.

A press release issued by the Westboro Baptist Church on Saturday revealed the group's plans to protest Obama's inauguration on Jan. 21.

On Tuesday, The Huffington Post confirmed with the National Park Service that the Westboro Baptist Church has secured a permit to picket along Pennsylvania Avenue at the north sidewalk, southeast corner of John Marshall Park, from 7 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Jan. 21.

In the past, the Westboro Baptist Church -- known for its vehement anti-gay positions -- has made empty threats. The group threatened to protest the funerals of Reddit co-founder and programmer Aaron Swartz as well as the victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, but did not show up to either.

The group also did not appear at the funerals for the victims of the Aurora, Colo., and Tucson, Ariz., shootings.

Westboro Baptist Church has, however, followed through with protesting Obama before.

In November 2009, members from the Topeka-based group protested outside the school attended by Obama's daughters, Sasha and Malia. A message on the WBC website at the time referred to the two young girls as the "satanic spawn" of a "murderous bastard."

There are various petitions to try to get the Westboro Baptist Church -- an independent group of Calvinist extremists, most of who are related to founder Fred Phelps -- defined as a hate group and not a religious group. A petition on the White House's open forum , We the People, already has more than 319,000 signatures.

"This group has been recognized as a hate group by organizations, such as The Southern Poverty Law Center, and has repeatedly displayed the actions typical of hate groups," the WhiteHouse.gov petition reads. "Their actions have been directed at many groups, including homosexuals, military, Jewish people and even other Christians. They pose a threat to the welfare and treatment of others and will not improve without some form of imposed regulation."


Why yes, yes, I did bold the part where they will reportedly be protesting in case anyone is in the area....
layweed 16th-Jan-2013 01:48 am (UTC)
Hahahahahahahahahahaha this is going to be so hilarious. You're gonna get like..50 of the losers. vs EVERYONE WHO IS GOING TO THE INAUGURATION.
paksenarrion2 16th-Jan-2013 06:17 am (UTC)
Yeah. Something like 50 against 2 million?? Hahahahahahahahahahaha.

Pardon me while I run to the bathroom before I pee my pants laughing.
zinnia_rose 16th-Jan-2013 02:28 am (UTC)
I gotta say I'm kind of looking forward to these fuckwads being spectacularly drowned out by all the screaming, cheering people at the inauguration.
sio 16th-Jan-2013 03:35 am (UTC)
my question is: who was fucking dumb enough to grant this permit in the first place??

layweed 16th-Jan-2013 03:47 am (UTC)
i doubt they could have rejected it, even if they are scummier than the scum you get on the bottom of your shoe on a muddy day.
fluteaphrael 16th-Jan-2013 07:41 pm (UTC)
Exactly. You can't just say "they can't gather or protest." You MIGHT be able to say "move on, you've violated your permit with Hate Speech," but the government would have to make that stick in court. And rightfully so the bar is VERY high. Nasty, mean, awful speech HAS to be protected, because the next speech that they want to ban, might be something that ONLY the government objects to.

There's a huge line between "shout fire in a crowded building," and "say nasty terrible things about people." I think there's a better case against them picketing funerals and things where the INTENT is to disrupt. That kind of disruption may not be considered speech if put in front of the right court in the right language.

I hate them with a flaming passion but the answer is counter protests maybe.

The answer is ignoring their garbage and NOT giving them publicity which is what they want. It needs to be one column inch on page 35. "Westboro Baptist showed up at Jo Smith's funeral. They were disruptive. The funeral went on." While on page 2 there's 6 column inches about how wonderful Jo Smith was and what a great life they led and how many wonderful people showed up at the funeral. And NOT ONE SINGLE mention of Westboro at ALL.

The press needs to air lovely shots of the funeral, and not one picture of them protesting. As long as they get publicity, they will continue. A small crawl under the report "there was a minor annoyance at the funeral as Westboro protested. They were ignored." Or no mention at ALL.

The best way to stop them is to ignore them. Protect the people they protest against. Comfort them. But every news report, every word printed about them, serves THEIR cause. There's a reason a whole lot of communities practise shunning as punishment. Because it WORKS.
cher_arlequin 16th-Jan-2013 04:28 am (UTC)
jojo342 16th-Jan-2013 04:49 am (UTC)
These guys are assholes. But I really think they have the right to show up where ever whenever they want and say whatever they want.

If it is public property it is their right, so....

Edited at 2013-01-16 04:50 am (UTC)
tabaqui 16th-Jan-2013 12:56 pm (UTC)
Fuck this nitwits. I wish a damn antique Sputnik would crash onto their 'church' one day while the kiddies were all...i dunno...out having a hate lesson somewhere. So tired of their vitriolic garbage.
smirk_dog 16th-Jan-2013 05:04 pm (UTC)
hey_kayla_jay 16th-Jan-2013 08:03 pm (UTC)
Ha! Do it, assholes. See how well your little group of hate filled fucking idiots does against the thousands upon thousands of people there. Chances are no one will give a shit about your bigoted little baww-fest.
nitasee 16th-Jan-2013 09:53 pm (UTC)
Topeka-based group protested outside the school attended by Obama's daughters, Sasha and Malia. A message on the WBC website at the time referred to the two young girls as the "satanic spawn" of a "murderous bastard."

LOL. We should all have such lovely and well-behaved "satanic spawn".
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