Friday, June 01, 2012

Westboro Baptist Church bothering to picket both Olympias

Westboro Baptist Church (yes, those guys) are coming to Olympia next week. There is going to be a response, seemingly especially to their second day protest at Olympia High School on Thursday (sorry, you have to log in to FB).

The reason they're coming is pretty simple, the passing of the marriage bill last year in the legislature. It also makes sense that their first protest will be up at the capitol campus. But, what is surprising to me, is that they're also bothering to protest at Olympia High School (and the auditors office).

They not only protesting Olympia as a name for the entire state government, but they're also protesting Olympia as a home.

I'm not sure I'm going to bother to show them any attention, but I've heard through FB that some local churches will respond in person. Which, I feel is great. Its much better for actual people of faith to stand up to emotional haters like Westboro.

8 comments:

Anonymous said...

Planning protests at high schools is what they do. Please show up in loving force to show the hate they preach and promote is not welcome in your community. The best way to make them go away is to NOT engage in angry banter with them. The group thrives and makes money on law suits from such encounters. They will try to bait people into physical confrontations then be the first to call the police. Just show up to promote your community for what it is; a beautiful, loving and caring place to call home.

karan said...

What? They're protesting that we're called Olympia? I can't even come close to understanding what that's about.

This obnoxious group often promises to show up and be nasty and then just doesn't...they like the publicity they get and I hope that's the truth on Wednesday too. But just in case, we're planning on showing up with our counter signs.

Emmett said...

No, sorry Karan. Its part of a joke I try to tell here on the blog from time to time. I get annoyed when people say "Olympia" when they mean "state government" or "state legislature."

So, in a sense, since WBC is protesting both the leg and OHS, they're protesting *both* Olympias.

olyecology said...

The Logo the High School kids designed is amazing... To me it's an icon that sums up what the past decade of living in Olympia truly means to me and I'm sure many others will also agree...

*The Purple Witch* said...

I'm SO Sick of these idiots.

Jon said...

Hi Emmitt. You can find a statement from some of the local pastors at www.livingwater.com/westboro-response We are working with the Oly High Principal to support their efforts as well.

Anonymous said...

Oh dear, them inbred idiots again? Their whole church is about 80 hateful bigots.

karan said...

duh...I knew that Emmett....sorry