Westboro Baptist Church overwhelmed at coal mine protest
Counter protesters overwhelm a handful of members of the hateful Westboro Baptist Church who showed up in West Virginia, screaming that God caused a recent mine accident because America is too tolerant.
The Westboro Baptist Church, a small cult-like group made up almost entirely of family members of the arguably-insane "pastor" Fred Phelps, is well-known for being complete jerks. They like to show up at things like funerals for soldiers killed overseas and protest that the soldiers were killed because the invisible sky wizard (aka God) is upset with America's tolerance of gays and other classes of people they deem unacceptable.
Tim Hurst from Ecopolitology reports that the church sent a small group to Charleston, W. Va., to highlight their belief that the 25 miners killed in a recent cave-in were killed by God because we're all entirely too tolerant of people living alternative lifestyles. Word of their protest got out, and they were completely overwhelmed by counter protesters organized by the West Virginia Chamber of Commerce, the state AFL-CIO, and local church and community groups, many carrying signs saying things like "GOD HATES SIGNS" and "THIS IS A SIGN".
The small group of three adults and three children (one of the more pugnacious aspects of the Westboro Baptist Church is how they indoctrinate and use their children during events) didn't stick around for long — after just a few minutes, they packed up their stupid signs and took off in their van.
Here's a great video of the action. (Thanks to Jen Segrest for the link.)
Unfortunately we can't blame God for this one, unless he's channeling himself through Massey Energy CEO Don L. Blankenship, whose company has an appalling safety record and a deep history of mining accidents caused by putting production before safety.
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