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To all Portland-area folks:

According to their schedule, Fred Phelps' Westboro Baptist Church is going to be in the Portland area from May 28th to June 3rd, picketing churches, Jewish congregations, and public schools. Since they will be exercising their freedom of speech, I want to as well-- I want to organize assemblies to counter their messages of hatred by sending messages of love and tolerance. I don't know exactly how to go about doing this, but if I could organize a fundraiser for various noble causes like Jason Connell did, that would be cool as well.

Part of the whole "organizing assemblies" gig requires getting people's attention, though. If you're interested, let me know, either here or through some other means of communication.

Avatar dagnirnin2
05-17-10 00:29
Wow! You posted twice in one month!
Avatar schelly
05-17-10 01:24
Warrior Princess
http://www.dhmo.org/ Never underestimate the power of persuasion!

Good luck!
Avatar camabar
05-17-10 13:25
If you say so.
Interested! But, not sure if I'll be around. . .
Avatar unfathomablej
05-17-10 17:12
scholar of China
Man, they are complaining about women preachers? If only they came to Congregation Shir Tikvah in the east side they would have to deal with a female rabbi too...
Avatar rawtuna
05-22-10 20:53
Give them the attention they crave, that'll fix it.
Avatar spencer
05-23-10 22:54
If I were organizing a rally to stand opposite the WBC and shout profanities at them, holding signs that say "GOD HATES THE WBC" or things like that, sure, that would be ineffective. It would add fuel to their fires.

But organizing a positive message? If I can figure out how, holding a fundraiser opposite the WBC? I fail to see how organizing a positive, non-aggressive response will give them attention and encourage them.

And even if it does, so what? They're attention whores. They're also bigoted and hateful. If I can counteract their messages with a positive demonstration of my own and perhaps raise money for some worthy cause in the process, who gives a flying fuck if they're getting the attention they crave?
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