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Bringing In The Loonies

Hi everyone! I'm back, finals are over, and I have lots of pictures and stories to share. I'll be doing it in several picspams.

The first picspam is short. It covers a Very Special Visit to the University of Chicago campus. As with all my picspams, you can enlarge the pictures by clicking on them.

As I mentioned earlier, the Westboro Baptist Church elected to pay a visit to the University of Chicago in order to advise us of our lowly status vis-a-vis the Almighty for the unpardonable sin of . . . well, of once having employed an African-American gentleman who, many years later, went on to become President of the United States.

Frankly, I think that even the WBC themselves thought this was a pretty flimsy pretext for a protest. As you can see here, they're really just phoning it in:

The counterprotest that the students set up was pretty small -- the school had asked people to keep it down, so as not to give the WBC what they wanted, which was an opportunity to create conflict and therefore opportunities for the lawsuits that they use to fund their church (most of them are lawyers). Still, there were about six times as many counterprotestors as WBC members.

The rest of us just went to hang out at the Reynolds Club (the student union), where various campus groups had set up a selection of activities designed to promote happiness, including music, free hugs, and s'mores. Guess which Music 102 TA ate a lunch of s'mores just before class . . .

Next post: The Pony goes to Canada!


Mar. 22nd, 2009 01:41 pm (UTC)
What's that sign one of the WBC is holding? 'Pray for more dead kids'???

Yes. Yes it is. You've read it absolutely right. Their other standard signs include such charming messages as "God Hates America," "God Hates Fags," "Thank God For Dead Soldiers," and the ever-classic "You're Going To Hell." They pull these out when they go to picket the funerals of soldiers.

Their God is not one in whose heaven most people would care to spend eternity, even if we were allowed (the only people who get in are members of the WBC).
Mar. 22nd, 2009 11:45 pm (UTC)
Okay, I guess I misunderstood the whole church thing as actually being a church. These people are hate-crime promoters!!! I was reading some of the things they've done and it's appalling. I'm baffled as to how this comes out of alleged christianity.
Mar. 23rd, 2009 02:48 am (UTC)
I think that there is some government agency somewhere that does have the WBC classified as a hate group. But they still get churchly tax breaks. Because they are lawyers.


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