Phelps clan shut down by silly signs

This is a picture of the Westboro Baptist Church counter-protesters as they waved their signs Jan. 28. The photo was taken by Rubin Starset and published on

You know those assholes from the Westboro Baptist Church in Topeka? The ones who go to funerals and protest by proclaiming their hate for anyone outside of their own church? The people who desecrate the American flag and hold signs that depict gay sex and carry other hateful messages such as “God Hates Fags” and “Thank God For 9/11” and “Thank God For Dead Soldiers” and “Fag Vets”?

Yeah. Those pieces of shit. I’ve written about them before (here and here) if you want to read more about my thoughts of them.

This post is going to focus on how they finally got a taste of their own medicine, which I find deliciously hilarious.

On Jan. 28, the WBC group, led by hate monger Fred Phelps, planned to protest the new Twitter headquarters in San Francisco.

According to a story, WBC planned this attack because “it believes that ‘the people who run Twitter … don’t use their position & voice to warn a generation of rebels of the consequences of their rebellion.'”

The protest didn’t go according to plan, though. A counter-protest was organized and people showed up with signs of their own.

These signs said things like “I’m Tired” and “I Have A Sign” and “Where’s Waldo?” and “Build Prisons On The Moon” and “Silly Hats Only.”

WBC was deflated. According to one report, no one paid attention to them.

Good. Worthless bastards.

I think what they do is despicable. Sure, they have the right to do what they do as afforded by the First Amendment of the United States Constitution, but even though I love and fight for the First Amendment, I think they need to be silence because as soon as their freedom of speech impedes upon other people’s rights, they lose First Amendment protect. And every time they open their mouths, they are impeding upon others.

I’ve had first-hand experience with them when I was attending Hutchinson Community College and working for the student newspaper, The Collegian. Phelps’ crew came to town to protest a funeral of a young soldier who died in Iraq when an IED blew up his vehicle.

Those people where awful.

Afterward, I took all the pictures I had taken and made a video with them.

I just hope episodes like this one in San Francisco become more common. I hope people continue to stand up to them, just as the Patriot Guard has done for so long.

The more WBC is made fun of and ignored, the soon they will slip away into obscurity, never to be heard from again.

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Todd R. Vogts, MJE, is an assistant professor of media at Sterling College in Kansas. Previously, he taught yearbook, newspaper, newsmagazine, and online journalism in various Kansas high schools, and he ran a weekly newspaper in rural Kansas. He continues to freelance as a professional journalist from time to time. Also, Vogts is a member of the Society of Professional Journalists and the Journalism Education Association, among others. When he’s not teaching or writing, he runs his mobile disk jockey service and takes part in other entrepreneurial ventures. He can be reached at or via his website at

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