Peaceful Protest Of The Westboro Baptist Church, Fred Phelps Passing Underway

Realising that no organisation was encouraging peaceful protest of Fred Phelps' passing, radio host Joshua-Paul Angell has organised a no hate approach protesting of the Westboro Baptist Church.

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Westboro Baptist Church has long been in the eyes of those it has targeted with hateful signs and demonstrations. It was announced that Fred Phelps is in hospice care.

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Twitter has brought a large number of people together to speak out against the Westboro Baptist Church. With trending hashtags such as #FredPhelpsLastWords, #FredPhelps and #FredPhelpsDeathwatch, countless people have started commenting on his death. Westboro Baptist Church responded to questions about Fred Phelps by saying “church matters are private”.

A Phelps family member posted to Facebook that Mr. Phelps is now in hospice care and on his deathbed. Reports have been confirmed that Fred Phelps was excommunicated from the church he started in August of 2013. Responding to comments on Twitter, the WBC stated that there will be no funeral for Fred Phelps.

It has been suggested by many GLBT groups that a picket be arranged outside of the Westboro Baptist Church in Topeka, Kansas. It has also been suggested that there be no picket of the church and to remain silent.

Because remaining silent about Fred Phelps’ death is not effective, nor is an actual picket- radio personality Joshua-Paul Angell of The Joshua-Paul Show has organised a peaceful demonstration of compassion that sends a strong message to the church. Thousands of tweets and comments have been made on social media sites that people effected over the years by the groups hate filled demonstrations are necessary.

We now begin our protest of the protestors. Westboro Baptist Church has announced there will be services for Fred Phelps. They have targeted many with hate.

The ultimate protest for all of us sickened by their hateful signs at fallen soldier’s funerals, 10 year old murder/rape victims, Matthew Shepard- The list goes on. All of those hurt over the years may feel like showing up with a picket sign outside their church.

This will not be effective- it is us hating the haters. In order for our message to come across strong, we must do it in a dignified manner. For this reason, all of those joining in protesting them, we offer the ultimate symbol of compassion, even to the hateful. We will be sending flower arrangements to the WBC, in every color of the rainbow.

Let’s fill Topeka with every flower possible, not only from the USA- but WorldWide. We are taking a “No Hate” approach. On your messages with the arrangements, simply write “God Loves Everyone”.

The address of the church is as follows: Westboro Baptist Church, 3701 SW 12th Street, Topeka Kansas 66604- This will send a strong message, that all of us that oppose them will not stoop to their level. You may order flowers online easily from floral sites or your local florist.

Please keep in mind, that virtual flowers are just as effective. For those unable to send flowers, you may tweet your flower Images To @wbcShirl and @wbcSays.

Photo by David Shankbone (David Shankbone) [GFDL or CC-BY-SA-3.0], via Wikimedia Commons.

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