The Westboro Baptist Church, an organization that exploits every large-scale heartbreak for their own financial gain and publicity, predictably provoked ire when they announced they’d be bringing their brand of slapstick hatred to the victims of the Aurora, Colorado shootings last week that left 12 innocent people dead and dozens more wounded.
The Westboro Baptist Church, also known as the WBC, has been pulling these stunts for years, picketing every high-profile funeral and insisting whoever is being grieved is burning in hell — an assertion that, however spurious, inflicts real emotional trauma on survivors and loved ones of those killed.
In the past, the Westboro Baptist Church has picketed funerals of American servicemen killed in the line of duty, bearing rainbow signs thanking God for IEDs (improvised explosive devices, impromptu bombs that have cost the lives of many of our soldiers and maimed many mor) and excoriating American culture for its love for homosexuality.
The actual agenda of the WBC isn’t clear, but it appears their tactics have changed slightly in recent months, as evidenced by their behavior concerning the Aurora tragedy. The group trolled locals and supporters, provoking a counter-protest to shield loved ones and victims from the hateful signs and slogans often borne by Westboro Baptist Church members, a counter-protest that was staged with no original protest materializing.