“God Hates Signs”: Westboro Protest Triggers Theater of the Absurd

The good people at The Laughingsquid showed the world how to deal with fanatics like the hate-mongering Westboro Church crowd. Westboro loves to show up at funerals and other events with large signs proclaiming such things as “GOD HATES FAGS.” A bunch of counter-demonstrators showed up recently with signs of their own proclaiming such things “I WAS PROMISED DONUTS” and “GOD HATES SIGNS.”

It is a brilliant response of using the absurd to answer the absurd. We saw such a response recently from a Syracuse student below:

The link above shows other hilarious signs used in the recent protest outside of the Twitter office from EDW Lynch, Ed Hunsinger, and others. What is particularly delightful is that Ed Hunsinger reports on his blog that the police stopped him after the event. No, not to arrest him or question him. They wanted his sign to show their sergeant back at the precinct. Ed said that he could hardly refuse. Now that is a success on every possible level of the first amendment.

32 thoughts on ““God Hates Signs”: Westboro Protest Triggers Theater of the Absurd”

  1. “According to the Gospels is corduroy skirts and homosexuality a sin?” -The SADducee

    Nope.

    No where in the 4 gospels did Jesus see fit to mention either of these items.

  2. “30%er is this all you have to say about this? I was expecting quite a bit more. And what is your meaning of if the gospels are to be believed. Shouldn’t your statement be if you believe in the gospels. The way you word it, it creates doubt.” Bdaman

    Shouldn’t you be trying to derail this thread into a debate on global warming like you’re doing in the Okeefe thread? 30%er

    Shouldn’t you be defending the gospels like you should be doing in this thread.

  3. If these people at the Westboro Baptist Church had ever opened a New Testament then they’d know that Jesus spent much of his time condemning what they are doing.

  4. “30%er is this all you have to say about this? I was expecting quite a bit more. And what is your meaning of if the gospels are to be believed. Shouldn’t your statement be if you believe in the gospels. The way you word it, it creates doubt.” Bdaman

    Shouldn’t you be trying to derail this thread into a debate on global warming like you’re doing in the Okeefe thread?

  5. The, er, fine folks from Westboro Baptist paid a visit to Chicago a few months ago, and gave the folks in the Edgewater neighborhood a good excuse to get together an mingle. The Westboro folks were mainly in town to make fools of themselves near the new gay community center (LEED certified building – with a Wholefoods – and PARKING!!!) and for some “reason” I’ve forgotten they decided to make fools of themselves near a synagogue in the Edgewater neighborhood. Here’s a flickr set from the counter-protest/ecumenical community get-together. (Looked like fun!)
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/accidentallyjewish/sets/72157621809705825/

    Highlights in the silly sign department:
    “G-d hates shrimp” and “God hates yeast!”

    Lowlights from the “Yes, I can make myself look more stupid!” side of things:
    “You will eat your babies”

    Personally, I’m a big fan of “God hates poly-cotton blends!” (OK, it’s actually wool/linen blends from Deuteronomy 22:11)

  6. 30%er is this all you have to say about this? I was expecting quite a bit more. And what is your meaning of if the gospels are to be believed. Shouldn’t your statement be if you believe in the gospels. The way you word it, it creates doubt.

  7. I think I’ll join the Church of Larry, it sounds cool.

    Reminds me of an incident in the deeeep deeeep south many years ago when the “good folks” were outside the local music venue protesting against that evenings Black Sabbath concert.

    Little did they know that for some time their ranks had been swelled by the Ozzmeister Himself, bearing a sign with “Have A Nice Day” written on it.

  8. The best joke sign I saw was “God Hates Figs.”

    It’s funny because its true.

  9. I think this is amusing, but I must admit being a bit conflicted.

    Several years ago, I was at an anti-war rally. A passerby who disagreed with us joined our march, shouting, “Support Al-Qaeda!” and similar to discredit us. Intentionally misrepresenting yourself as a member of a group exercising free speech is a thorny issue.

    I don’t see a problem when the signs are clearly satire or parody, and that’s certainly the case here. I’d hesitate to say that there’s no line that could be crossed though.

  10. No, no, no!

    You people have it all wrong.

    God doesn’t hate signs.

    He hates poster board.

    That most evil of all craft products.

    I know this because Larry told me so.

    Larry, of the famed Gospel According to Larry, was talking to Jesus about ways to promote using oil. Jesus wants us to burn oil. That’s what He told Larry anyway.

    Larry was trying to help the Nazarene figure out how promote those poor floundering oil companies because the Lord is slow and unable to do things without human intervention like giving money to other men or building building’s only used once a week. Hey! Jesus may have be a son of God but he clearly has no knack for marketing or 1) the Romans wouldn’t have crucified Him and 2) there’d be no more Jews as they would have all converted. But back to the Gospel of Larry . . .

    Jesus and Larry were discussing signage. Jesus wanted a big flashy internet and TV campaign. Larry was thinking . . . well . . . like Larry. He’s real good at following, but thinking? Not so much.

    When Larry mentioned poster board placards the Lord grew so angry he turned Larry into an educated thoughtful person willing to mind his own business, or – as the demagogue zealots call them – a “liberal”.

    Before smiting this human, Jesus delivered a message. Looking down on his failed sheep, Jesus said, “Lo! As the Morningstar was cast from Heaven, so did God discard all His poster board as Lucifer had been using it to incite the other angels to hatred. Unclean in the eyes of God, poster board shall be cast into the Pit to lay beside coarse toilet paper and styrofoam sandwich containers.” (Larry, 2:14).

    Then, once Jesus administered a Holy Boot To The Head, Larry learned that his personal relationship with God is his alone and does not confer the right to interfere with other’s lives and their relationship with God, also known as the lost 11th and 12th Commandments, or “Thou shall mindeth thine own business” and “Keep thine religion to thyself.”

    True story.

    I will miss a few things about Kansas.

    The Westboro Hate Patrol isn’t one of them.

    (P.S. Good on you, Laughingsquid peoples.)

  11. I love this tactic for dealing with “hellfire and brimstone”, “the end is near” folks.

    I went to a corner near my house this past Halloween to stand with some “Halloween is Devil-worship”, “Repent Now!” sign holders.

    My sign: “I’m with Stupid” but instead of one arrow pointing to the person next to me, I had like 12 arrows pointing in all directions to the knuckleheads around me.

  12. Well, fancy that God Hates Signs. Doesn’t each one of us despise something at one time or another?

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