Virginia is for Lovers, not Haters

Alright, let’s see if I can do this as politely as possible…

Nevermind, I can’t. The morons at the Westboro Baptist Church are coming to UVa this Friday to picket the free performance of “Laramie Project.” (Ugh, I can’t believe I just linked to that vileness, but it had to be done.) So, UVa and Charlottesville, come to the performance to show your support for the Queer and Allied Activism group at UVa. It’s free! The theatre department at my college put on the “Laramie Project” while I was there, and it was amazing. The show starts at 7:30 at the UVa Chapel, but get there early so you can laugh at the miserable people who prefer to spread hate and fear.

**UPDATE 11/16** So I met up with the fabulous and wonderful VAA at the counter-protest, and there were lots of people there. Participants came dressed in black, and were handed stickers that said “Erase Hate” and candles to line the walkway. We hung out, we chatted, we even collected pledges for donations to the Human Rights Campaign. And you know what? The WBC never showed up! So either we scared them off, they never came, they got lost, or they couldn’t find parking. If anyone knows for sure, I’m curious to find out. But it was a good time, and lots of people showed up in solidarity, which was awesome. I didn’t get into the show, but that’s alright. I got some pictures of people holding candles and a “God Hates Shrimp” sign, so I’m sure those will end up on the intert00bz at some point!

4 comments for “Virginia is for Lovers, not Haters

  1. phlebas
    November 12, 2008 at 08:11

    Ew. Ew ew ew ew ew ew. EWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWW! You linked to WBC! You got Phelps Cooties! I am assuming you have since washed your hands in diluted boric acid, replaced your keyboard, and listened to at least an hour of ABBA music.

    Fred Phelps is an interesting phenomenon. I’ve never encountered a single person who condones his behavior. Even the most fundamental of fundamentalists appear appalled at his funeral protests.

    Unfortunately, I think rather more of them quietly agree with his stance on homosexuality. But when they ask themselves WWJD, they think getting in the faces of the grieving is something JWNotD.

    Noisy, are you going to go observe this event? I’d be curious about a first-person account, as I’ve never had the chance to see this unfold myself.

  2. Seth Goldin
    November 12, 2008 at 11:02

    Add the ‘rel=nofollow’ attribute to the link.


    Swoopy mentioned this a while back on Skepticality.

  3. Kathas
    November 12, 2008 at 17:19

    Sadly, Phelps and his ilk seem to be speaking more and more for the silent majority of the evangelical movement (here after shortened to Whackjobs). One just needs to look at Prop 8 here in California to see that the message of hate is being heard loud and clear through out the United States. Sure, the level of hate that the WBC normally spews forth is on the higher end of the scale than what most Whackjobs due, it’s still the same channel.

    I think that as long as these hate groups (known as organized religion) are allowed to hide behind their tax except status they’ll continue to happily make money off of people’s ignorance and hate.

  4. Nicole
    November 12, 2008 at 22:08

    Thanks for the tip, Seth! I knew Skeptools would have something like that, but was too tired last night to go searching for it.

    I’m going to go scrub my cache with industrial cleaner and rainbows.

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