Link at PinkNews.co.uk:
The Westboro Baptist Church has announced they will picket the funerals of the 32 victims of the shooting spree at Virginia Tech. The church are notorious for their anti-gay views, and often protest at the funerals of American military personnel killed in Iraq.
I especially appreciated the advice by grolaw (#10) under Richard Dawkin’s posting of the article:
Whatever else they may be, I have found one easy way to make them go away – engage any of them (though the younger women are easier targets) and discuss how difficult it mist be to have to travel so far to give their message. That hotels are expensive – how do they afford to come to XXX place and tell us the truth. Invariably you will hear how they travel together and how the women and men are segregated in different hotel rooms.
Ask if it isn’t difficult to be separated from spouse and the response is always “no” not when doing “god’s work” – ask if spouse is in the other hotel room and spouse always is (these people are all extended family of Fred Phelps).
Then point out that it seems very gay to segregate married couples into “boys and girls” at the hotel. Act shocked as you realize that this is a gay hate group masquerading as straight and tell them that they should read their own signs!
I’ve had several of them run away from me – and I never raised my voice or gave them any reason to believe that I wasn’t on their side until I point out the implications of their strange lifestyle. They are so homophobic that they simply can’t take any analysis that suggests they might be gay!