Protesting 101

In light of the big Supreme Court decision that will be handed down today or tomorrow… I thought I would share one of my favorite stories from 2013.

Why do I love this story?  Well, personally I have never understood the Westboro Baptist Church.  I have figured out that they hate everyone and seemingly everything.  Furthermore, where they protest and what signs they choose to protest with always confuses me?

For instance… Their signs are all over the place!  What are they protesting?  The museum?  What do gay people and beastiality have to do with the Holocaust Museum?  They obviously need to figure out what they are protesting.

Members of Westboro Baptist Church demonstrate...

Members of Westboro Baptist Church demonstrate at the Virginia Holocaust Museum on March 2, 2010. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

God hates America!  If he hates America, why should I care what he thinks?  Do they think that I want to get to know someone who already has judged me and hates the country I live in?

Jael Phelps picketing Trinity Episcopal Church...

Jael Phelps picketing Trinity Episcopal Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

See what I mean?  What is it that they want to accomplish here.  Are they protesting the war, having a military, or having gay people in the military.  So confusing.   All I am getting is that this “God” guy hates  a lot of things and he must not be very fun to be around.

Anyway, The Gay pride house sends a message without confusing signs and derogatory comments.  It stands as a quiet reminder that life is beautiful and that love trumps the hate they are spewing.

I also love that this house was inspired by a 9-year-old.  Personally, that kid rocks!  Photo-bombing a Westboro protest.  That kid has some pretty big balls!  I bet if he designed protest signs, that kids signs would be awesome!  Actually, the Westboro Churches signs are a pretty sad lot.  I think they may need to rethink what they are putting on their signs.

As a public service I thought I would offer some advice to them about good protest signs (considering that you will probably be in the capitol protesting for the next few days).

  1. Use catchy song lyrics in a clever way.  It helps people remember your message because they will not be able to get the song out of their head.

    rick rolling the westboro baptist church

    rick rolling the westboro baptist church (Photo credit: sandwichgirl)

  2. Try to stick to one topic.  If you don’t, it just looks like you are haters with ADHD.

    Photo found on Fark.com

    Photo found on Fark.com

  3. Know your facts.  If you have not spoken directly to God, then you run the risk of misquoting him. I am thinking that if he could he might sue you for slander… Just saying. Why don’t you just stick to using first person language?

    Found on Fark.com

    Found on Fark.com

  4. Have a sense of humor.  Seriously, your signs are not very funny and I am thinking they are supposed to be.   Don’t get me wrong, I laugh at how silly your protests are… but there is also something that makes me so sad.  It makes me sad to think that you actually believe what your signs say.  So make them funnier (or at least add some cute illustrations), please!

    Found on Fark.com

    Found on Fark.com

  5. Finally, didn’t anyone ever tell you that you catch more flies with honey than vinegar?   Stick to signs that focus on the positives rather than negatives.  Don’t just tell me what is wrong with the world, tell me how you propose to fix it?
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    Found on now.msn.com

    Hope you find these tips helpful?  I will be looking to see if you paid any attention.

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When you are in a hole… Keep Digging!

On meet the press, Sen. Graham encourages Romney to “Stop digging.”  Well, I am thinking he should send that message to some other members in the Republican party.  Hell, maybe that should be the new Republican Motto!

“Stop Digging! It is confirmed. You can’t dig a hole to China!”

Sen. Graham mostly talked about losing the hispanic vote, but they were not the only voters that the Republicans pissed off.  I think they did a great job pissing off a wide variety of people during this election.  They are digging holes all over the place hoping to find gold, but really they are just finding rocks.  One hole that they can’t seem to stop digging is the issue of abortion.  The other day my friend posted a link to an article  by John Nolte  (on what may be my new favorite website for finding material for this blog) about Meghan McCain.  Along with the link, she posted “Thank you!”   After reading the article, I was at a loss for what she thanked the author for.  Was she thanking him for being a chauvinist pig?  Was she thanking him for proving the “leftist” media’s claims that the republican party are backward thinking, patronizing white guys?

The article referred to Meghan McCain’s recent column on the Daily Beast where she pleads with the party to make changes.  Amazingly enough, her column listed out the same things I would list if one of the big party leaders asked me, which I doubt they would.  Apparently, she has noticed the same trends that the rest of the world noticed when it came why certain demographics are not voting republican.    If my friend had posted this article and wrote “Thank You!” I would have completely understood why she was so thankful.

The problem is that she did not link to this article.  No, she linked to this one…

DON’T LET THE DOOR HIT YOU ON THE WAY OUT, MEGHAN

Wow!  I thought you wanted more Republican voters, people.

Mr. Nolte’s article actually made me fume in a gnarly rabid dog kind of way (btw I know that statement will bring on bitch comments).  Instead of thinking about the points she is making he marginalized her by claiming that she is “pampered” and whose “closest brush with the real world is the MTV show.”  He focuses on his belief that she was all about “me, me, me”.  I hate to break it to you, Ms. Nolte, but isn’t her column about her thoughts and opinions.  What do you think a post called “Meghan McCain on…” was going to feature?

He mentions how he hates “the dumb” and then uses her  claim to be “pro-life” as his evidence.  Holy shit!  She needs to brush up on the definition of Pro-Life.  I guess since she made that one mistake that all her thoughts are not worth listening to.  Good catch, Mr. Nolte.  It must be nice to be all knowing and never make mistakes.  I sure as hell, don’t know what that would be like.

Now, he does claim she made another mistake when it came to “The Tea Party“.  I think the Tea Party has  a huge public perception problem and tea partiers have to realize that their message can be skewed by the antics of some people inside the party.  Just go onto FB.  I have friends who have a the Tea Party flag as their profile picture and who post pro-life and anti-gay marriage shit all the time.  In fact, most of my FB friends who are vocal about the movement do.  I have friends who also identify with the movement, but are not as vocal about it because of the public perception.  Honestly I agree with “The Contract from America” whole-heartedly!  I also know what I see and what I see is a movement plagued by bad press and negative public perception.  It is not Meghan’s fault they have bad press, so stop blaming her and start looking at ways to keep some of the more extreme members that have aligned themselves with the movement in check.

Furthermore, he claims that she is “dangerously ignorant” and maybe even intentionally undermining the party by saying the party should drop their stances on not only abortion, but also same-sex marriage.  I am guessing (because I did not see anything in her column that aimed to undermine the party) that he is alluding to the fact that there is a lot of money donated by organizations and party members who would rather live in the 1950’s and probably use the phrase “the kids these days.”  My generation saw “Dirty Dancing” and if that is what those organizations and people want then soon they will realize that they can’t keep baby in the corner.

Cover of "Dirty Dancing (Single-Disc Wide...

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He does concede that Republicans do realize that something has to change.  Can you guess which one of her points he chose? Continue reading