Once again the Westboro Baptist Church an anti-semitic, anti-military group is planning a trip to Colorado to spread their messages of hate according to their twitter feed yesterday July 20, 2012. Fred Phelps Jr. started posting on his Twitter account yesterday with messages like:
@WBCFredJr - Only 500 miles to WBC Aurora picket. #GodCursesUForFagMarriage #WorseAndMoreOnTheWay #WBCToldU #GodisAmericasTerrorist #ObeyToday Too fun!
WBC gassing up vehicles for Colorado super-picket. #WorseOnTheWay #FearGodFools #GodCursesUForIdolatry #FaceOfGodsWrath #fagsrunmilitary
WBC heading to Colorado for Sunday memorial service. #GodAvengesHisPpl #GodCursesUForFagMarriage #GodIsNotMocked #GodIsYourEnemy yummy!
Phelps tweeted this after Governor Hickenlooper's heart rending speech at the press conferences yesterday:
Get a clue @govhickenlooper! God is at work in Colorado!
Beware of dogs! #Auroradeadincludeslotsoffags!
Fred retweeted Margie Phelps tweet which said "God hates Colorado. Thus the shooter and the death and mayhem - dude get a clue! #WorseAndMoreOnTheWay @BckwrdsMarathon" with another zealous follower tweeting
"We were JUST in CO & now another trip back! #Excited The #Aurora #theatershooting memorial on Sunday - here we come! #ThankGodForTheShooter".
This is not the first time that the Westboro Baptist Church has planned to disrupt a community gathering in Colorado. When high school senior Ryan Wheeler wrote an editorial in the Denver Post about his struggle to understand how the First Amendment protects the Westboro Baptist Church, which pickets military funerals, their wrath was turned up on his graduation ceremony at Ponderosa High School in the small town of Parker. WBC threatened to attend the ceremony.
The Douglas County School District and the Town of Parker asked the citizens of Parker to give the hate group as little time and attention as possible since attention is really all this fringe group craves. After all the rhetoric, no one from the "church" appeared.
They also threatened to picket the Pridefest and the Drew Carrey Show in Denver this year.
The Westboro blog yesterday had a short post called "Aurora, CO Judgement which started with the line "God Sent The Shooter to Aurora, CO. He killed 12 and injured 50+ Westboro Baptist Church prays for more dead."
Sunday July 22, 2012 at 6:30 p.m.
Aurora City Hall
15151 E. Alameda Parkway
Aurora, CO 80012
If you can't attend in person but would like to donate towards a fund for the victims you can visit igivefirst.org to make a donation.
It's hard to wrap your head around how these people can use the bible to spread their hate messages. Luckily for everyone one there are only about 40 members that follow Phelps so most of their threats don't materialize into any actions.
The schedule on their website godhatesfags.com shows 3 protests at Shawnee Kansas churches on Sunday. If they do show up, the best thing to do would be ignore, don't take pictures and don't engage in verbal volley's. That's the best way to handle insecure bullies.