What to do about Westboro Baptist Church

6 thoughts on “What to do about Westboro Baptist Church”

  1. Situations like these make it difficult for me to stand with those defending free speech without qualification. Nevertheless, I must. Westboro Baptist Church people should be allowed to exercise their right to state what they believe. Now I’ll exercise mine: Fred Phelps is low-life scum and his WBC followers are ignorant fools.

    I think the best way to deal with WBC statements and protests is to ignore them.

    1. I stand beside you in defending everyone’s right to free speech, much as it pains me sometimes. The public has proven ingenious in finding legal ways to thwart these bigots, and I whole-heatedly support them.

  2. it just seems to me that even a mustard seed of response to WBC serves to motivate their agenda . . . my childhood understanding of Christian foundation includes a belief in the value of martyrdom as well as confrontation; e.g., “onward Christian Soldiers marching on to war . . . ” Psychological studies regarding learned conditioning with rats has demonstrated that consistent rewards are easiest to eradicate when the reward has been removed while an inconsistent reward system is resistant to change. So . . . what would happen if everyone just ignored their hate-filled actions. It just seems to me that there needs to be an awareness that their absence of compassion and loving-kindness is creating a response in kind.

... and that's my two cents