Westboro Baptist, of course, is the family/church infamous on the Dope and lately famous nationally for their demonstrations at funerals: demonstrations notorious for their sadism and the use of phrases such as “God Hates Fags.” I’m sure that most of y’all are familiar with it, but here’s a trio of Wikipedia links and NPR article that may be helpful. Now here’s the sitch:
Imagine that either Fred Phelps (patriarch of the family, pastor of the church) or Shirley Phelps-Roper (his daughter and the church’s spokeswoman) were to die suddenly. You happen to be in Topeka on business when the funeral is being held, and thanks to whatever circumstances you care to contrive, you have the entire day of the funeral free. You learn that a fairly large group of people is planning a protest around the funeral, using tactics parallel to the WBC’s; that is, the protestors will come as close to the service as the law allows, holding placards saying things like “Phelps is in hell” and chanting “God hates bigots.” You are invited to participate.
Would you? Why or why not?