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Trend Watch: Creative Counter-Protesters

Among the things that I seem to consistently like in this world are the "counter-protesters," i.e., people who are the targets of protests who then grab their own signs and protest right back.

I first saw this in the context of the Westboro Baptist Church, a Kansas church that "has sparked outrage around the country for its pickets, which feature profane and derogatory language warning people about the danger of Hell." The church reportedly preaches that God hates gay people, as well as Jews and Catholics, and is famous for picketing the funerals of dead soldiers. This has led people offended by the church's preaching to make fun of the church by breaking out signs of their own, like the ones below:


The Columbus Dispatch reports that a new type of counter-protesting is now underway outside the New Beginnings Ministries church in Warsaw, Ohio, where strippers are camped out in lounge chairs wearing bikinis and see-through shorts. The strippers are fed up because every weekend for the last four years, members of the church have stood outside their strip-joint "with signs, video cameras and bullhorns in hand. They videotape customers' license plates and post them online, and they try to save the souls of anyone who comes and goes."

In response, the strippers have now decided to move the battle to the church, sitting outside its doors with their own signs that state things like:

Matthew 7:15: Beware of false prophets who come to you in sheep's clothing

Revelations 22:11: He that is unjust, let him be unjust still


The pastor of the church says that for the first few weeks of the counter-protest, he piped his sermon outside. However, that simply "agitated" the stripper-protesters, and made them dance in the streets.

Posted by Bruce Carton on August 11, 2010 at 12:21 PM | Permalink | Comments (2)


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