Gay counter-protest against the Westboro Baptist Church protest at Matthew Shepard play in Vancouver Canada tonight.

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    Nov 29, 2008 7:45 AM GMT

    Isn't this ironic, this gay hating Church tries to protest in Canada.

    http://www.canada.com/theprovince/news/story.html?id=4da74bff-b426-4a3d-9a37-f1354ad0f943


    ...and on tonight's news, a few hundred gay people turned up in the downpour to confront these bigots and they....didn't.......show.......up! *cough*

    Will see if we can post a vid of the event.


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    Nov 29, 2008 8:05 AM GMT

    Here's the update - no vid yet.
    http://www.cbc.ca/arts/story/2008/11/28/bc-laramie-project-vancouver.html
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    Nov 29, 2008 8:21 AM GMT
    Wow, did Phelps actually think he could just do it in another country without issue. I wish he had shown up and the Canadians would hold him for mental evaluations. Oh well, a boy can dream!
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    Nov 29, 2008 8:22 AM GMT
    http://www.globaltv.com/globaltv/bc/index.html

    This link may only be good til Saturday morning...news changes..


    As it was, the RCMP were ready to slap hate language charges on the church members had they shown up and were recorded. That can mean jail time in this country.
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    Nov 29, 2008 9:19 AM GMT
    Fred Phelps and his followers/family at WBC = some nasty nasty people!

    I saw a local production of The Laramie Project here in Sydney just last fortnight. I liked how the play focuses on the community response to Shepard's murder - was quite moving.

    Glad to hear that WBC didn't end up following through with their protest!
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    Nov 29, 2008 4:22 PM GMT
    I heard that the Phelps group does this routinely. They send out press releases regularly to say that they are going to protest something just to get the media all stirred up (and the gay counter-protesters), then they don't show up. That way, they get media exposure without actually doing anything. It's just about getting their names in the news.
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    Nov 29, 2008 4:36 PM GMT
    Marlborough? Do you mean Westboro Baptist Church? That's the one Fred Phelps heads. He tried to disrupt our gay pride picnic one time, but the police kept him and his followers away.
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    Nov 29, 2008 4:40 PM GMT

    Hah! Thank Red Vespa! I was busy looking up post-op protocols for Mom while flicking back and forth to news and RJ - Marlborough indeed! Will go back and edit posts.

    You guys must have all been scratching your....whatevers in polite confusion!
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    Nov 29, 2008 4:41 PM GMT


    Done!
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    Nov 29, 2008 4:56 PM GMT
    These folks are pure evil.

    I lived in a bubble before encountering their protest. I didn't realize that there were people out there with that much hate.
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    Nov 29, 2008 5:22 PM GMT
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    Hah! Thank Red Vespa! I was busy looking up post-op protocols for Mom while flicking back and forth to news and RJ - Marlborough indeed! Will go back and edit posts.

    You guys must have all been scratching your....whatevers in polite confusion!


    No problemo, I thought that's what you meant. You Canadians with your very honorable British heritage, the epic John Churchill, first Duke of Marlborough and all that good stuff... LOL!!! icon_biggrin.gif
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    Nov 29, 2008 5:32 PM GMT
    I think I recall them trying to get into Canada before and they were turned down. That's most likely what happened this time.
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    Nov 29, 2008 5:44 PM GMT
    Yes, a number of years ago, they tried to go to Ottawa to protest the Supreme Court but were turned away at the border. So hence came the advent of god hates canada dot com.

    The Phelps flock used to really get under my skin, but if you watch and listen to them and their tactics, they basically are mentally ill and just hate everything and everyone. So now I'd rather just turn my attention to the skin of another Phelps...Michael. icon_razz.gif
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    Nov 29, 2008 6:31 PM GMT
    NoSuchPerson saidYes, a number of years ago, they tried to go to Ottawa to protest the Supreme Court but were turned away at the border. So hence came the advent of god hates canada dot com...


    It was just a few months ago they attempted to enter Canada again, but were also refused.
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    Nov 29, 2008 6:37 PM GMT
    They just came through Pittsburgh last week. I joined the counter protest. It was actually a lot of fun because we outnumbered them where I was. Some one brought a boom box... it was hilarious.
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    Nov 29, 2008 6:44 PM GMT
    First, what a*holes.

    Second, they were recently in Portland protesting our State University's Queer Resource Center. http://blogtown.portlandmercury.com/BlogtownPDX/archives/2008/11/21/westboro_baptist_church_hates

    They were outnumbered here too. This group is about 30 years late with their message of hate. I wish I could be in Vancouver for the counter protest.

    Fight the good fight hot Canadian gays!

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    Nov 29, 2008 6:53 PM GMT
    It does make me wonder where they get their funding for all this travel. They can't have regular employment. Be interesting if their donors could be revealed, since their church membership isn't large. Being a US religious group, I suppose that can't be done. Indeed, under Bush, wouldn't be surprised if they got Federal money through the Faith Based Initiatives program.
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    Nov 29, 2008 8:15 PM GMT
    I felt a bit guilty about not going but it was really WET outside, guys. I know, pitiful excuse. But I would have felt more guilty if the haters had shown up (which I suspected they wouldn't).

    Not sure how getting more press helps them as all the press just describes them as laughable fundie lunatics.

    Onward and upward!
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    Nov 29, 2008 8:24 PM GMT
    They had scheduled a protest for the Laramie Project on campus here in Fairbanks, Alaska as well. Apparently, (according to a professor of mine) they actually showed up but were denied approval by the university to protest. LOL that's a hell of a plane ticket...
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    Nov 29, 2008 9:04 PM GMT

    Us Canadians get quietly mad and then do things....quietly.

    http://www.straight.com/article/brokeback-byng


    heheh

    ...going strong for 2 years now.
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    Nov 29, 2008 10:28 PM GMT
    Unfortunately, the Phelps klan is an export from the state I live in, Kansas. Their hate messages were initially faxes and internet postings about various people (politicians and journalists) in the Topeka area who crossed them in some way especially when there was discussion of their protest/picketing funerals of gays. (Topeka was the first to pass an ordinance limiting picketing/protesting at funerals.)

    Of course they got bolder and began showing up at all kinds of events across the country, and we all know they stepped over the line for the majority of Americans when they started picketing the funerals of dead soliders from Iraq. According to them, this was God's pay back for the US being to sympathetic to gays.

    I still believe they routinely picket events at the larger venues in Topeka, their home base. They even protested at the high school I taught at because it had a Gay-Straight Alliance interest club which would teach kids that being a fag was ok.

    Quite honestly they have a plus side to their existence. When someone sees them and their message of hate, it does something to a person's insides. I can't explain it. But, I can tell you that over five hundred high school kids who observed the protest were moved because as it ended they were chatting "God is Love."
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    Nov 29, 2008 11:19 PM GMT


    We have a feeling about that, too, tailgator, that those who wield the bible as a weapon of hate cut themselves with it, and ofttimes the wound is fatal.
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    Nov 29, 2008 11:30 PM GMT
    I am no Christian, but I always feel so bad for decent Christians whenever Phelps leaves his hole to make a public appearance.
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    Nov 29, 2008 11:38 PM GMT


    Aww, MunchingZombie, thanks for that, but this christian knows that Phelps is anything but. Oh great, now I've insulted all the non-christians!

    Well, not to worry, he's not a non christian either, he's......some kind of alien species. Oh great, now I've just insulted all the aliens....


    -Doug