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Million Fag March Targets Fred Phelps' Westboro Baptist Church

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Well, their numbers didn't reach a million, but approximately 400 people gathered Sunday in Topeka's Gage Park, near Fred Phelps' Westboro Baptist Church for the 'Million Fag March' I posted about in February. The march was a symbolic demonstration against the WBC, who have for years targeted public gatherings, and more recently, military funerals, with their "God Hates Fags" message.

Millionfagmarch_2KSN reports: "People of all ages, races, and sexual orientation were present. The group of more than four hundred people marched throughout Gage Park, but were not allowed to cross any streets without a parade permit. The organizer of the march, Chris Love says he wants to show the Westboro Baptist Church there is an opposing voice equally as powerful. Other marchers feel the same. 'We don't agree with him talking about hatred and how God hates this god hates that,' marcher Angi Boetta said. 'We're just here to show him who we are and we're not going away no matter what you say or do.'...'All the haters and stuff they need to know that its not all about that, its about positivity and we're trying to create a positive influence towards gay people,' marcher Joshua Burch said. The Westboro Baptist Church is known for picketing the funerals of U.S. soldiers killed in Iraq, and says their deaths are God's way of disapproving of homosexuality in America."

LoveIn February, Love told Towleroad: "In reality, we know nothing is going to change the Phelps or the Westboro Church. We know they'll continue doing what they are doing. In fact, they'll probably love any press we get for them. The point here is that up until now, there hasn't been a highly-publicized event in which someone made an active protest against the WBC (in other words, where the protest wasn't simply a defensive reaction at the site of a WBC protest... mainly funerals). At most, we're hoping that the WBC hears the message and realizes that there is an opposing voice that is equally as powerful as their own (or at least, the powerful as they perceive it to be). At the least, we hope to hold an event that will bring both homesexual and heterosexual people together for a united cause for one day. And in Kansas, no less."

WbchurchWestboro Baptist responded to the march on Saturday on its blog: "This little event is a new milestone for the fags and their enablers of this generation. They must do this - heretofore, they have hidden in the dens and rocks and scampered out under cover of darkness to work their mischief - vandalism, theft, etc. They have even had a small protest here and there - just a couple. They NEED to do this - they MUST get their resolve stiffened and they MUST encourage this generation to see that this is a good path for them to take - it will certainly result in making the Word of God disappear from off the land and that means - MAKE US SHUT UP. So - hold onto your hat and stay tuned! We will shortly see the face of this event and what the Lord will do in response! The Lord is coming and america is DOOMED!! Things are getting into place and the very earth is preparing for that awesome and fiery event!! The dummies call it global warming!"

View local news coverage, AFTER THE JUMP...

Million Fag March [official site]
CJVideo: Million Fag March - VIDEO [topeka capital-journal]
March For Love Targets Westboro Baptist Church [myfoxkc]
Hundreds protest Fred Phelps and his church [ksn]
Marching in Protest [27 news]
Hundreds protest peacefully against Westboro Baptist Church [ktka]

Clips via Good As You.

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'Million Fag March' to Target Westboro Baptist Church [tr]

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  1. Is it just me or are they starting to sound more and more like a Doomsday Cult? While reading that blog blurb I was powerfully reminded of David Koresh (Branch Davidians) and Jim Jones (People's Temple).

    Of course, probably doesn't help that every time I see a pic of Daddy Phelps, I can't help but see him as the creepy minister from Poltergeist.

    Posted by: AggieCowboy | Mar 31, 2008 11:25:18 AM


  2. 400 might be not exactly one million, but, hey, look on the bright side. 400 is much more that hatemonger Phelps can muster for one of his demos ...

    Posted by: Mark Windsor | Mar 31, 2008 5:53:13 PM


  3. Sad day for Gay Americans when a group of so called Community Members lower the bar and call themselves "Fags". If anyone called them "Fags" while they were marching they would have dialed 911 and asked for the Police to file a Hate Crimes Report and told the press they were harrased.

    Harvey Milk is rolling over in his grave!

    Posted by: Mike the Cop | Mar 31, 2008 8:08:01 PM


  4. I'm with MIKE THE COP on this one. My guess is the organizers are unaware of where the term "fag" comes from in relation to gay men. There is much discussion around the origin of the term, but it is a widely accepted theory that it comes from the medieval use of "bundles of faggots (small sticks)" to light the fires set to burn witches, heretics and homosexuals at the stake. It also evolved into derogatory slang for a weak man or a servile person.

    The "One Million Queer March" might have been better, but I guess the organizers wanted to use Phelps' own words against him. I would have preferred something called "Love March" or the "God Does Not Hate Anyone (even Fred Phelps) March".

    Good effort by the marchers, though! 400 people confronting a lunatic is still a wonderful thing.

    Posted by: Dawn in Maine | Apr 1, 2008 2:25:21 PM


  5. The "Fags" name was undoubtedly a reference to Phelps' continual use of the term. Remember when Queer was a derogatory epithet? We've since regained the power of that word. We should do the same with "fag."

    418 was the count we were given at the end of the march. I'm proud to have been a part of it. I just twice as many people show up next year!

    Thanks for mentioning it, Andy!!

    Posted by: SBF | Apr 2, 2008 3:25:20 AM


  6. That second video is boooooring... Needs moar 'Rick Roll' and 4chan memes for the epic lulz. Taint their message with completely unrelated random things and pieces from the Bible they wouldn't possibly agree with, such as the story of Jepthah sacrificing his daughter in Judges 11:29-40. Or the part where it says Slavery is A-OK, 1 Peter 2:18. Here, have some of my parody signs (and no, I don't really hate furries, but I think it would be hilarious if WBC tried to protest a Furry or Anime convention, it would make them look all the more retarded:

    http://s298.photobucket.com/albums/mm262/FRED_PHELPS/

    Posted by: Death2Bigots | Jul 19, 2008 3:20:57 AM


  7. Though I agree with their message against the WBC fucktards. Children shouldn't be brought to these sort of demonstrations for fear of harm from any sadistic anti gay passersby/motorists.

    Posted by: TNT | Jul 20, 2008 9:19:34 AM


  8. Hey Mike The Cop. The usage is more of a sarcastic take. Think of blacks and their transformation of the N-word. Like Lenny Bruce once said, "It's the suppression of the word that gives it the power, the violence, the viciousness." If we over-use the word, it loses its original hateful meaning. Fag can become a term of comradery, like "Yo, whuddup my faggots."

    Posted by: Chris | May 31, 2010 6:07:27 AM


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