Bigoted Kansas Baptists Pick Latest Target: Dead West Virginia Miners « The Washington Independent
Just when you thought the story couldn’t get more infuriating, there comes word that a handful of members of the Westboro Baptist Church have arrived in West Virginia.
The Kansas-based independent hate group — best known for picketing military funerals with signs proclaiming the soldiers’ deaths to be God’s punishment for the country’s tolerance of gays — has found a new target: the miners killed in Monday’s blast. From The Charleston Gazette:
Only six Westboro pickets showed up in front of the Capitol, including two men, one woman and three young children. They held up signs proclaiming: “America Is Doomed,” “Thank God for Dead Miners,” “God Hates Your Tears,” “God Hates West Virginia” and “God Hates You.”
The story ends well. More than 300 locals came out in a peaceful counter-protest that swamped the small group of bigots.
Local people peacefully overwhelmed the Westboro group. They carried their own signs, including: “I Love Everyone” and “God Bless Our Troops and Veterans.”
Others signs had humorous messages: “This is a Sign” and “God Hates Signs.”
“I think it is amazing the whole community came out for this,” said one local.