Last Friday the Westboro Baptist Church was scheduled to picket outside Joint Base Lewis-McChord, a military base in just south of Seattle. When the Westboro protesters showed up they faced a counter protest comprised of volunteer undead.
That’s right, the Zombie Apocalypse had come to town.
You might remember that the Westboro Church group have protested Kevin Smith’s movie Red State and San-Diego Comic Con 2010. Once the fanatically controversial Westboro group announced their plans to picket Joint Base Lewis-McChord, 27 year old Melissa Neace decided to do something and launched a Facebook page entitled “Zombie’ing Westboro Baptist Church AWAY from Fort Lewis!”
“We wanted to turn something negative around, into something people could laugh at and poke fun at, it was the easiest way to divert attention from something so hateful.” — Ms. Neace told the News Tribune.
Upwards of 300 counter-protesters showed up in varying degrees of zombie costume and makeup to show support for the men and women of the United States Military. The Zombie Apocalypse group, like most Zombie movies, pretty much overwhelmed the group of eight Westboro picketers.
The Westboro Baptist Church loves to picket military funerals. The group loudly proclaims that the deaths of American soldiers in Afghanistan and Iraq are God’s punishment for the United States’ tolerance of homosexuality. Last year, the group announced it would “quadruple” protest efforts after the Supreme Court ruled those demonstrations are protected by the First Amendment.
Attending one of the many Counter Protests that are popping up where ever the Westboro Church pickets has become a popular event. There are a couple of things everyone should know if they go to counter protest a Westboro Church or other group. From the Facebook page of the Zombie counter protest:
NO violence, NO throwing of objects, NO launching of objects, NO PHYSICAL CONTACT WITH ANY MEMBER OF THE WBC. Don’t even speak to them! This is for your safety, these people are sue happy and will look for any reason to sue you! WE ARE NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR YOUR ACTIONS! Please act like adults!
If you go you should in no way talk to or touch one of the Westboro Church members. No matter how much you dislike their message of hate. They love to sue people and are geared and hope to incite an act of violence against themselves so they can sue. It is a major method of funding their hate speech.