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My day with the Westboro Baptist Church
« on: February 22, 2009, 03:52:42 PM »
I posted this on my blog, thought I'd post it here too. Two protests, on one day.

Protest One: Clarance Center Rd, Clarance 10:00a
I woke up this morning at 8:30 and drove to Clarence where the Westboro Basptist Church was holding a protest while a memorial service was being held at Zion Lutheran Church for those involved in the Flight 3407 crash. Upon arriving I broke down in tears for a minute or two at the appalling sight I saw, then I regrouped and got out of the car.

What a beautiful sight of Western New Yorkers. In front of the Clarence Center Coffee Shop, about a mile or so from whatever is left of Flight 3407 on Long Street and a half mile from the Zion Lutheran Church where a memorial service was being held, about 75 people stood in the 20 degree weather with the snow lightly coming down, in support of the crash victims of the tragedy that happened Feb, 12, all the while the WBC stood on the opposite corner 20 feet away, protesting their religious lie that God Hates Fags. Three members of the WBC were there, holding up signs that said “Planes Crash, God Laughs” and other offensive slogans. Seventy-five people came out to support the community of Buffalo, NY with one message: DON’T COME TO BUFFALO WITHOUT EXPECTING TO BE STOOD UP TO. Some of the protestors were dressed in white, and held up large white cloth to represent love and peace. Others were Vets from various wars waving the American flag with pride. It was a beautiful sight.

It was just us against them. A community standing with pride against a group of misled individuals. NO NEWPAPERS, NO NEWS CHANNELS. The publicity that the WBC wanted didn’t come.  In fact I over heard a conversation where someone actually said the local media REFUSED to come. It was just us against them, with seven or eight cops to keep peace. And you know what, it was peaceful. Very few people shouted at the WBC; most people stood talking amongst themselves about how much of a disgrace these people are. At 10:37 we said the pledge of allegiance, at 10:40 the WBC began packing their signs and while walking to their car we sang, “Na Na Na Hey Hey Good Bye”.

We got the victory. We stood our ground. We spoke our peace. It was a beautiful sight indeed. Welcome to Buffalo New York Westboro Baptist Church now go back to Kansas.

Protest Two: Main Street, Buffalo 1:45p
I arrived at 1:00. There were hundreds of people to welcome the WBC, Buffalo style! Well, not really welcome them; it was more like a “get out!” Hundreds of people dolled in white, with white flags and signs of peace.  Outside the University of Buffalo South Campus on both sides of Main Street hundreds of people stood to welcome the WBC. The weather was about 20 degrees but the wind made it feel a lot colder. People were showing up by the dozen after I arrived. All the while cars drove by peacefully honking.

At about 1:30 the organizer of the event informed everyone that they had arrived and were getting out of their cars.  We were waiting patiently for them to come to the street, but then a cop walks up to the corner I was standing on and shouts, “This is where they are supposed to be, but you guys can stay.” Haha, I love the Buffalo police. Then someone spotted this car with Kansas plates drive down the road and turn into a lot about two blocks down. They get out at about 1:45 and we notice their “God Hates Fags” signs and someone shouted, “That Way!” (The funny thing is, the cops didn’t stop anyone).

We peacefully surround these people with our flags and signs. The WBC group had five people with them, four looked petrified! Only two clowns had the balls to hold their signs. I was face-to-face with this one clown and he said, “Miss, please get out of the way”, I said, “See you in hell, asshole”. (Always wanted to say that to one of them!)

Their protest went on for about 5 minutes. Two minutes into their protest we surrounded the guy who told me to get of the way so tight no one from the road could see his sign. Three people had very large white flags and decided to stand on both sides of him and in front. Thanks to the wind the flags fluttered and completely covered this guy. Minutes later the cop declares an end to their protest, he escorts the group to their car, the whole time we shout “Let’s go Buffalo!” (if you watch Sabres hockey, you’ve heard that before) and other chants, and we see them drive away. They were scheduled for a 45 minute protest, and we chased them out in the first 5 minutes!

WBC, remember this next time you want to mess with Buffalo: Don’t mess with Buffalo.
If god exists, I’ll see you guys in hell.

Please check my blog http://emiliethegreat.blogspot.com/ for some really awesome photos I took with my cellphone. (I'd like to share them here, but don't know how to add photos and it will make the post look really, really big)
Thanks for reading, Emily.
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Re: My day with the Westboro Baptist Church
« Reply #1 on: February 22, 2009, 04:02:50 PM »
That is awesome, I almost put my hand up to salute whilst reading it. I think this is an example of something I've been trying to get across to some people where I live: the beauty of the freedom of speech is that when somebody exercises bigotry, you can talk sense and exercise freely against their word in ways more powerful than their own, thus reducing their influence, by restricting their freedom of speech, you're only pushing them underground. I think your protest groups did a good job of showing the West Boro Baptist church that society doesn't stand for it and more importantly to the people around you that the West Boro Baptist church are just bigoted fools.
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Re: My day with the Westboro Baptist Church
« Reply #2 on: February 22, 2009, 05:14:47 PM »
That's a great story, thanks for sharing it. 



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with the snow lighting coming down
I usually don't correct spelling and such, but I thought if this is on your blog, you might appreciate it.  Is it supposed to be "lightly" or "lighting"? 
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Re: My day with the Westboro Baptist Church
« Reply #3 on: February 22, 2009, 06:59:03 PM »
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I usually don't correct spelling and such, but I thought if this is on your blog, you might appreciate it.  Is it supposed to be "lightly" or "lighting"?
Oh, thanks for the catch!  :)

One reason, I think, that this group was able to organize was because Buffalo's a college city. So many teachers from so many schools helped out. Also the cops were just so corporative. I'm really proud to have been a part of something like this.
They challenge you, you challenge them back, and you're going to win. 

Here's a link to the Buffalo News that discusses the counter-protest.
http://www.buffalonews.com/258/story/586891.html

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Re: My day with the Westboro Baptist Church
« Reply #4 on: February 22, 2009, 07:26:10 PM »
That is f**kin' awesome.  Let that be a lesson to those twisted f**ks at WBC.  And let it be a lesson to the rest of us as to how to put these idiots in their place.
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Re: My day with the Westboro Baptist Church
« Reply #5 on: February 22, 2009, 07:41:50 PM »
Great story. I can't believe some people...guess it goes to show what religion can do to a man. And some of those signs! "Plane Crashes, God Laughs"? These people are criminals, nothing more.
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Re: My day with the Westboro Baptist Church
« Reply #6 on: February 23, 2009, 12:05:20 AM »
hope i get that chance someday, or even better that someday there's no reason to want to.

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Re: My day with the Westboro Baptist Church
« Reply #7 on: February 23, 2009, 02:11:46 PM »
My parents were up in town and I hadn't even heard they were coming to town.  Good to know they were run out of town.

My favorite part of the Buffalo News Story is this though:

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Autumn Fiscus, 16, a member of Zion Lutheran, painted a sign with acrylic paints and candle wax. On the opposite side of the sign, she painted Bible verses she said contradicted the Westboro protesters' anti-homosexual beliefs.
http://www.buffalonews.com/258/story/586891.html

Ms. Fiscus made a sign with Bible verses that contradicted Westboro Baptists Church's Bible verses.   :o
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Re: My day with the Westboro Baptist Church
« Reply #8 on: February 23, 2009, 02:57:15 PM »
Ms. Fiscus made a sign with Bible verses that contradicted Westboro Baptists Church's Bible verses.   :o

Yeah, I'm sure that will make WBC members do some serious introspection.
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Re: My day with the Westboro Baptist Church
« Reply #9 on: February 23, 2009, 03:07:39 PM »
thanks for being out there, Emily

Go Buffalo!
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Re: My day with the Westboro Baptist Church
« Reply #10 on: February 23, 2009, 10:48:42 PM »
thanks for being out there, Emily

Go Buffalo!

I hope they learned their lesson! Don't Mess With Buffalo!!! We fight back!! :):):)
Really the key to beating these guys is knowing that you are above them and work in numbers. They aren't a church, they just want to spread hate in gods name. They use god for their own agenda. I guarantee you if you ask them to quote six scriptures from the bible (none being from genesis because to me those are probably the easiest to quote) they couldn't quote two. Fred Phelps has been disbarred from practicing law in Kansas, too bad he can't be dis-(umm)ordained (or dis-lifed). Really this guys are heartless, moral-less, and just want to be heard. Don't give them the voice.
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Re: My day with the Westboro Baptist Church
« Reply #11 on: February 23, 2009, 10:51:37 PM »
Thats the truth Emily.
It just shows you what blind faith can lead to. Way to be on the front lines for all of us.
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Re: My day with the Westboro Baptist Church
« Reply #12 on: February 24, 2009, 01:38:31 AM »
No worries, no hell.

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Re: My day with the Westboro Baptist Church
« Reply #13 on: February 24, 2009, 09:50:57 AM »
thanks for being out there, Emily

Go Buffalo!

I hope they learned their lesson! Don't Mess With Buffalo!!! We fight back!! :):):)
Really the key to beating these guys is knowing that you are above them and work in numbers. They aren't a church, they just want to spread hate in gods name. They use god for their own agenda. I guarantee you if you ask them to quote six scriptures from the bible (none being from genesis because to me those are probably the easiest to quote) they couldn't quote two. Fred Phelps has been disbarred from practicing law in Kansas, too bad he can't be dis-(umm)ordained (or dis-lifed). Really this guys are heartless, moral-less, and just want to be heard. Don't give them the voice.

I saw that Keith Olberman gave Buffalo a shout-out as some of the best people in the world last night  ;D
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