Radical church group shows up in Charleston to 'protest' Upper Big Branch Coal Mine accident
Never missing a chance to hide behind their children and trot them around carrying signs with hate-filled messages to display for the cameras, members of the radical Westboro Baptist Church in Topeka, Kansas showed up in Charleston, West Virginia on Thursday to tell the world that the reason the Upper Big Branch Coal Mine accident happened is because God is punishing America for tolerating homosexuality. [Video below]
A message on the Westboro Baptist Church website on Thursday reportedly read: “So God reached down and smacked one of those mines, killing 25." According to the Charleston Gazette, "Only six Westboro pickets showed up in front of the Capitol, including two men, one woman and three young children. They held up signs proclaiming: "America Is Doomed," "Thank God for Dead Miners," "God Hates Your Tears," "God Hates West Virginia" and "God Hates You."
Not to be outdone by the hate-filled Westboro parishioners, a large group of no-hate counter protesters held a rally of their own on the steps of the Statehouse in Charleston.
Organized by the West Virginia Chamber of Commerce, the state AFL-CIO, as well as local community, church, and veterans' groups, the number of counter-protestors dwarfed the small group of radicals from Westboro.
Again, from the Charleston Gazette:
"Local people peacefully overwhelmed the Westboro group. They carried their own signs, including: "I Love Everyone" and "God Bless Our Troops and Veterans."
Others signs had humorous messages: "This is a Sign" and "God Hates Signs."
After marching around the capitol area for a few minutes, the group from Westboro was soon overwhelmed by the much larger group of counter-protestors. So they did what any group of three adults and three children in town visiting a state capitol would do, they got in their rented mini-van and drove off.
Watch a video compilation of the morning's dueling protests produced by KVLive, replete with a John Denver-inspired flash mob dance at the end: