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Westboro Baptist Church Chickens Out Of Protesting Oklahoma Tornado Victims’ Funerals

Westboro Baptist Church Chickens Out Of Oklahoma Tornado Funeral Protest

The Westboro Baptist Church threatened to picket funerals for victims of the Oklahoma tornado, but once again the members of the anti-gay church were nowhere to be seen.

The Topeka-based church has made a living out of turning tragic events into a chance to spread homophobic messages — or at least threatening to. The church sends members to protest at funerals of soldiers and notable people, with signs decrying America and its acceptance of gay lifestyles.

The church gained fame for its protest of gay Wyoming college student Matthew Shepherd, but in recent days it has been all bark and no bite.

Members threatened to protest at memorial services for victims of the theater shooting in Aurora, Colorado, last July. The threatened again to protest at funerals for children killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School, for those killed in the Boston Marathon bombing, and most recently threatened to protest for victims of the tornado that struck on Monday in Moore, Oklahoma.

In all of those times, church members never showed up.

Had the Westboro Baptist Church not chickened out of going to Moore, they would have been met by a wall of counter-protesters. The Patriot Guard Riders, a group of motorcycle riders who arrive to block mourners from seeing the church’s anti-gay messages, were in Moore in full force.

The riders lined the streets, creating a wall for the funeral procession of a young boy killed.

Another picture posted to the link-sharing site Reddit showed a long row of motorcycles, with riders ready to face the Westboro Baptist Church that would never show.

Westboro Baptist Church members did try to take advantage of the tragedy behind the safety of a computer screen.

Fred Phelps Jr., the son of Westboro Baptist Church minister Fred Phelps, blamed the destructive tornado on Oklahoma City Thunder star Kevin Durant. Ignoring the meteorological reasons explaining the tornado, and the fact that Moore sits in the midst of “Tornado Alley,” Phelps insisted that the tornado really struck was because God was mad that Durant supported gay player Jason Collins.

He tweeted: “OK Thunder’s Durant flips God by praising fag Collins. God smashes OK. You do the math.”

Even though its members never showed up to Moore, the Westboro Baptist Church was still thwarted in its attempt to take advantage of the tragedy. A hacker took over the church’s site “God Hates Oklahoma,” showing a picture mocking the church before redirecting to a Red Cross site accepting donations for tornado victims.

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62 Responses to “Westboro Baptist Church Chickens Out Of Protesting Oklahoma Tornado Victims’ Funerals”

  1. Schari Tice Folks

    They are based out of Topeka, not Wichita.

  2. Tony Copas

    They are obsessed to the point they've lost all sense of reason. That in itself will ruin them as it has others.

  3. Neil Klein

    More garbage from religion. That feeling you get when you are not in 100% agreeance with your god/religion; that is reality, not the devil you've been brainwashed to believe.

  4. Daniel Braunstein

    Neil Klein, you have been brain washed to believe that all religion is the same. Do you feel the same way about peoples skin color? Your stereo typing is part of the problem, but most of it is main stream religion's fault. Church has no right to push its values and beliefs upon those who are not our brothers in Christ, we have enough problems adhering to our own beliefs let alone pushing them upon others. 1 Corinthians 9: " I wrote to you in my letter not to associate with sexually immoral people— 10 not at all meaning the sexually immoral of this world, or the greedy and swindlers, or idolaters, since then you would need to go out of the world. 11 But now I am writing to you not to associate with anyone who bears the name of brother if he is guilty of sexual immorality or greed, or is an idolater, reviler, drunkard, or swindler—not even to eat with such a one. 12 For what have I to do with judging outsiders? Is it not those inside the church[b] whom you are to judge? 13 God judges[c] those outside. “Purge the evil person from among you." God will judge those outside the church, we have no business telling them who they can or cannot be with, our duty is to maintain a pure house. I know for a fact I struggle with it every day, but I also know I can do better. I will pray for you Neil Klein, both for your ignorance and your soul.

  5. Aaron Underwood

    Just like they forfeited out of "protesting" Jeff Hanneman's funeral (guitarist from Slayer). They dare not tread upon grounds which Slayer fans reside. They'd be picketing their OWN funerals…

  6. Anonymous

    I didn't know that these cool bikers showed up: Good For Them! I always wondered why Americans acted like such pansies in allowing these jerks to ruin funerals, and no one went over and punched them out of did something. Now, these guys have the balls to threaten them, excellent! Good for the bikers.

  7. Scamuel Jones

    Hey, Westboro Baptist azzholes, come on up and picket. We know how to take care of assholes like you here in OK. City!

  8. Anonymous

    It's not up to PROFESSED christians to protest gays. God will handle it.

  9. Candy Benjamin

    Westboro Baptist is NOT Wichita based. They're out of Topeka, KS. As a lifetime Wichitan I'm seriously offended by these fools and don't want anyone to think that Kansans, especially those of us from Wichita, would dream of associating with this cultist church.

  10. Anonymous

    Westboro Baptist is not a church. It is a group of publicity-seeking creeps who parade under the banner of religion. Real Baptists everywhere are ashamed to be associated with this band of devil worshipers.

  11. Jeff Taylor

    I always love how the ignorant blast science with an asinine religious twist. I was always under the belief that religion was founded to suppress the ignorant masses, but to still see it in the 21st century amazes me.

  12. Steven Hetletvedt

    The individuals definitely have more than a few screws loose and they are becoming more of cowards than anything. Because they know that if they show up that they will be ran out of town or blocked either by the Patriot Guard Riders or simply get their ass kicked.

  13. Loretta Sullivan-Lamb

    The Patriot Guard doesn't threaten. They stand quietly and peacefully between this so called church group and the grieving families and friends of the deceased. They are absolutely amazing and have been Blessed by God. I've ridden with this group and it's a very honorable and emotional service. Anyone who rides a motorcycle should ride with them just once. You don't even have to ride a motorcycle to join in.

  14. Nathan Francis

    Thank you for pointing out the oversight Candy — the article has been corrected. I would think all Americans are offended by them, but it's good to see the people of Kansas doing such a good job dealing with them. I loved the story about the rainbow house someone painted across the street.

  15. Sal Viggiano III

    The Epistles of Paul and the Book of Revelation tells how The Creator will deal with false prophets and hypocrites like them, my friend.

  16. Sal Viggiano III

    Agreed on that one, friend. And I believe there are other church denominations besides Baptists who are ashamed of them as well.

  17. Rose Ingram

    This is NOT a christian church…I'm not sure what it is but I know the people that do this are NOT Christians. I am a Baptist and a Christian and I am totally ashamed of this church. They are renagades!

  18. Sherard Quina

    If they would have done such an unspeakable thing, I'm sure there would have been many injuries. All of them to protesters. Use your powers for good. Get to Moore and help the victims you idiots.

  19. Barbara Purvis

    Why doesn,t the government take there tax exempt status That is no church that is just a cover up for a bunch of outlaws with no sense or no feelings for no one These bikers need to spank there butts real good

  20. Mark Broadhurst

    They certainly don't serve the same Godf I do. They make all christians look like judgmental biggots. They are a detriment to God fearing people. I wouldn't want to be any one of the people belonging to that pschycotic church who does not preach the love of God for all sinners. Who made them God? I believe in God's mercy and forgiveness which Jesus Christ purchased for our sins at Calvary. So who do you serve Westboro Baptist Church? Satan?

  21. Sharon Middleton

    The entire group need to be taken to a mental hospital for evaluation. The media need to stop giving them a forum for their filth. When people stand up to the hate, it crumbles.

  22. Sharon Middleton

    Texas A&M and the "red wall" in West, also stood up to them. Never confronting them, simply standing in silent prayer. When good stand up, evil flees.

  23. Ronald Ross

    Thanks Patriot Guard Riders You are doing us all a Great service. God Bless you all.

  24. Carla Guthrie

    Apparently they didn't show up because they are booked in the Moore jail for protesting without a permit. They'll sit there until after Memorial Day. Hopefully we can send them home after that.

  25. Christopher Rivas

    You convinced me to like Neil's post. You claim to be nonjudgmental and accuse another of ignorance and acting in judgement of religion and then you back up your stance with scripture that is all about distancing yourself from "evil people" while feeling self-righteous in the belief that your god will do the judging for you. What a hypocrite you are and exactly what is wrong with Westboro and other "my way or the highway" religions. Neil was spot on about you.

  26. Christopher Rivas

    You convinced me to like Neil's post. You claim to be nonjudgmental and accuse another of ignorance and acting in judgement of religion and then you back up your stance with scripture that is all about distancing yourself from "evil people" while feeling self-righteous in the belief that your god will do the judging for you. What a hypocrite you are and exactly what is wrong with Westboro and other "my way or the highway" religions. Neil was spot on about you.

  27. David Floyd

    These people are a disgrace. They call themselves Christians, but their message is nothing but intolerance and hate. They should be charged fees for the extra police work needed to protect their hate-mongering asses.

  28. Lori Breen

    Since they hate the U.S., can't we put them on an island far, far away from civilization so nobody has to ever, ever hear from these idiots again? Someone, please…donate an island!

  29. Lori Breen

    Since they hate the U.S., can't we put them on an island far, far away from civilization so nobody has to ever, ever hear from these idiots again? Someone, please…donate an island!

  30. Anthony Poper

    WBC are a bunch of inbreeds using God to hide behind and cause trouble just like the middle east terrorist do, I'm pretty sure God would not act as they do if he were standing here in person. just being real.

  31. Anthony Poper

    WBC are a bunch of inbreeds using God to hide behind and cause trouble just like the middle east terrorist do, I'm pretty sure God would not act as they do if he were standing here in person. just being real.

  32. Anonymous

    Pete Pethes Jr That's what they COUNT on. They couldn't care less about protesting. It's two families of lawyers with a few braindead followers, and the whole purpose of protesting is to stir up grieving people to do something that the "church" can then sue for, and getting huge jury awards to make money off of people's misery. That's why PGR stands "tall and silent," blocking the church from the families, and refusing to be baited into doing anything stupid. And believe me, the "church" really does try, with every insult they can come up with.

  33. Anne Savana

    Oh my Becky? They what? Blame Kevin Durant? These people need to have there non-profit status taken from them and have the real Baptist church remove from there status also. These are some sick minded people whatever you like or dislike you can handle this better they showing up at a time when people are in pain.

  34. Tonee Rhian Rose

    @eareily It's not that we're pansies for not hitting them it's that we don't wanna get sued or put in jail cause they're not worth it. They're a bunch of lawyers who know how to take advantage of the law. Best thing we can do is to make more noise than they do so their voices can't be heard. My hope is that someday they'll realize this & they'll STF home!

  35. Emma Riley Sutton

    The new law that Gov. Mary Fallin had some to do with them showing up. Under Senate Bill 406, protests would not be allowed two hours before or after a funeral. Protests would also not be allowed to take place within 1,000 feet of a funeral. And, I'm sure the WBC didn't forget what happened to them in McAlester, Oklahoma. They all had flat tires. The tire repair shops were too busy to fix their tires. Even the police were no help to them. They were too busy with "crowd control" at the funeral and couldn't help the stranded "tourists" because a group was there to disrupt a funeral. It is unknown how the WBC ever got their tires fixed.

    http://www.newson6.com/story/14468678/new-oklahoma-law-restricts-funeral-protests

    http://thewestborobaptistchurch.blogspot.com/2011/03/heat-from-oklahoma-kitchens.html

  36. Emma Riley Sutton

    I'm from Oklahoma City and I saw "bikers" everywhere. The Patriot Guard showed up in full force for Moore and we are thankful. The new law makes it difficult for them to protest (http://www.newson6.com/story/14468678/new-oklahoma-law-restricts-funeral-protests), but they still could have shown up. Of course, they took their medicine in McAlester (http://thewestborobaptistchurch.blogspot.com/2011/03/heat-from-oklahoma-kitchens.html) and have thought twice about picketing in Oklahoma since!

  37. James Carter

    JUST LIKE A LOT OF POLITICIANS ALL WIND THIS WESTBORO AFFILIATION AND SO GROUP PATRIOTS CONTINUE TO DO/STAND UP TO THESE INTELLECTUAL MISFITS OF MANKIND WHO DON'T DESERVE THE AIR WE BREATHE! GOOD FOR YOU GENTLEMAN(GROUP PATRIOTS)!

  38. Barbara Williamson

    What is wrong with these people? Have they lost their minds or did they even have one at all? This is a tragedy that should not be turned into a spectacle. These families are just wanting to lay their lost ones to rest. Thank God for the Patriot Guard Riders.

  39. Karen Ann

    They made a fb page before the event, check it out. The westboro members were arrested. The last time they were in Oklahoma they got their tires slashed and no one in the town would help them. Now you really have to piss an Okie off bad for them not to stop and help. OKLAHOMA STRONG!

  40. Ronnie Lockard

    God loves everone this westboro chuch is against love they say they stand for God but they Westborrow church gives the rest of Gods family a bad name. At the end of time will come a anti christ. But not going into that. That is of the devil. No brain washing. This Westborrow church group is evil group not of God

  41. Ronnie Lockard

    Christopher Rivas … God loves everyone. I was kicked out of a church many years ago cause I was leading people to Christ. Only way to spread is word is to be around them talk with them a lot of homeless and drunks will listen a lot want help. Not pushing any thing on any body. God is love. he loves everybody. There are a lot of groups that say they are for God but then they start acting up showing different color than a true chistian would act. Westborrow church is wrong on what they do. God wants us to help each other love each other. if your sinning doing wrong I still love and help ya. We God's children thats what God tells us to do help one another in times of need and to Love one another

  42. Amanda Leigh Acfalle

    Another thing that WBC protests which is not named are military funerals. Those so called Christians make me sick.

  43. Stephani Sinclair Coker

    Cuz they are a bunch of punk ass pussies. I GUARANTEE you they DID NOT want to come here to Oklahoma. We had bail bonds men offering GET OUT OF JAIL FREE if you came to guard the funerals from these f*ckers, as well as lawyers offering to waive their fee for any scuffle you might get into with Westboro. And, guarantee you THERE WOULD HAVE BEEN A LOT going down had they shown. US OKLAHOMANS WILL ALWAYS STAND STRONG AND HAVE EACH OTHER'S BACKS. HANDS DOWN!

  44. Tim Clark

    Christians already have a bad name for choosing to be ignorant as fuck and blindly follow the biggest lie, greatest evil, worst thing etc. of all time. People(Christians in particular) really need to learn about their bullshit before they push it on others as well as brainwash their children(child abuse). I suppose they don't mind. After all, their man made "God" orders, condones and personally commits Child Abuse along with Rape, Slavery, Torture, Animal and Human Sacrifice, Murder and Genocide, Stealing and Lying. Along with saying that those who smash children's and infants' heads against rocks are blessed(Psalm 137:9). Fuck Christianity and the mindless slaves who support and endorse that biggest problem of all time. Christians and Christianity are the worst poison of all time. Plus their make believe god and religion has held mankind back 2000 years in medicine and technology. Did I mention that Christianity caused the Holocaust? Christians used to murder those who didn't believe in the same bullshit as they did. So fuck em. They want to be ignorant as fuck and horrible people? That's how they'll be treated. Like the shit they are.

  45. Mike Richmond

    Someone needs to organize a protest against them… camp outside their "compound" for weeks at a time…