Westboro Threatens To Picket Central High School

Posted 10 months ago

By Barry Birr

WBCWestboro Baptist Church has announced on its website that it plans to picket Central High School in Saint Joseph.  The

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announcement says Central is a “moral wasteland.”  It says the high schools of America are “utterly void of any knowledge, learning, truth, decency or hope.”  The website predicts that students and adults will counter-protest, raging against God and the church’s “words of hope.”

The announcement says the church will picket Central High School October 11 from 2:25 to 3:00 pm.

 


  • void of decency or hope

    WOW!!! Wonder what made them pick Central out of all schools? I mean Lafayette would be a better choice in the lack of their ideals!!! lol. What a bunch of idiots!!!

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    • Look in the mirror

      What’s amazing to me is that at a time like this when we all need to come together, you still have the audacity to try and talk smack on the other schools in town…

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      • Guess

        Very true at this time everyone should come together and block their protest. This is one Benton dad who agrees and cannot stand the fact that they are gonna be at any of our Children’s schools.

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        • Guess

          I agree no matter what school it’s at it’s wrong. Any school across the USA has problems in it but the main part is sticking together for our children’s sake and showing them true leaders.

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    • Bee3

      What the hell is that suppose to mean?

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    • Thatonechick

      You’ve got to be like 16 or something….the school rivalry and trash talking ends after graduation. Time to grow up.

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      • Grow Up Joetown

        Some people will never grow up. They will be stuck in their childish ways for ever. I really feel sorry for these people and anyone that have relations with them. This is the problem with St. Joe.. All the childish behavior is just making the entire town look bad.

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        • Thatonechick

          I agree.

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  • Bee3

    Why Lafayette? What is that suppose to mean?

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    • Phillip Easter

      pretty sure it said central high….

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  • christy barry

    they have no idea what they are talking about and they think that they are a threat but they are looking like idiots. they are exactly what the Lord said to watch put for.

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  • REALLY

    WHAT IS WRONG WITH THESE PEOPLE. JUST BECAUSE NO ONE AGREES WITH THEIR WAY OF LIVING THEY HAVE THE RIGHT TO JUDGE AND RIDICUEL ANYONE IN THEIR PATH? IF GOD SO-BE-IT DOSE NOT AGREE WITH ONES WAY OF LIVING THEN YOU WILL ANSWER TO HIM IN THE END NOT THIS CHURCH WHICH TO ME SEEMS TO BE DAMNED WITHIN ITS SELF. AND JUST AN FYI LAFAYETTE HAS GREAT ACADEMICS THAT BEING THE REASON ALOT OF THE SCHOOL BOARD SEND THEIR KIDS THERE.

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  • concerned citizen

    The children I feel sorry for are the children of that commune known as Westboro!! How pathetic!!

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  • getting fed up

    I would like to see this event NOT be covered by the media…that’s all they are looking for…more attention. And “we” keep on giving it to them. Everyone will have their judgement day. These people from this church need to get their heads out of their butts, and READ the BIBLE!

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  • SassyDandelion

    There are only, like, five people who do the picketing anymore.

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    • Stephani Rogers

      oh that is bs there is a lot more than that i live in topeka and when i go to gage st. there is a crap ton of those sorry POS ppl

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  • Nicole

    Who gives a crap? They’re just media whores trying to induce some type of violence or offense so they can sue. Every second of attention we give them is just another ego boost for them. Just ignore them. It’s only for 35 minutes anyway.

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    • ADB

      Unfortunately though, these are during the 35 minutes when children and faculty will be exiting the school

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      • BradleyHart

        Oddly enough back in the day the KKK used to hand out flyers on corners near the school at the same time.

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  • CHS pride

    Because the schools of America don’t teach hate and how to judge they are all doomed schools. This “church” is full of ugliness. I feel horrible for the children that grow up in this cult.

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    • Mary Cummings

      Unfortunately, I read occasionally of school s who DO teach discrimination and hate, but fortunately, many teachers are not like that. The south, however is still living in the dark ages and some allowing spanking with paddles, yelling, scolding, pulling hair to drag them out of the classroom, preaching against being gay (shaming/ humiliating kids who are), discriminating, and all manner of teacher’s personal bias.

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  • amber

    Their opinions dont matter and them saying what they do is no different if some random person says it. At the end of the day my Jesus is still King and everyone will answer to him and HE will judge not westboro.

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    • Khan

      Amen!

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  • A Student at Central

    Thanks for the forewarning. I’m going to have a little fun with this.

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  • Margaret Justice

    Aren’t you people smart enough to realize the best way to shut them up is to ignore them? All they are looking for is attention. I do believe we are all smart enough to know that God is the final judge, not Westboro Baptist Church. It does not matter which high school you attended we all have brains! To the person who stated rivalry ends at graduation…….you obviously haven’t lived in this small town very long. And to Really….please use spell, punctuation and grammar check!

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    • ZS24

      If people cannot overlook small differences and band together for a common cause then humanity truly is doomed

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    • Beth

      That awkward moment when someone calls someone out about punctuation, while misusing punctuation themselves.

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      • Margaret Justice

        Yeah, right!

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    • Sweet Daddy

      If your a real member of the Grammar police can I have your badge number please.

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      • Margaret Justice

        51

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  • disqus_mFn7GABrAe

    let them protest, have the police allow them an area of safety then pull school buses up in front of them so no one sees them.

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  • henry

    Westboro does not realize that they are irrelevant and that make you the newsmakes them nothing more then publicity whores

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  • askc

    What floors me is how many judgemental and hateful things we can say/do everyday (including in blogs like these) and somehow suggest that we are better than the members of Westboro Baptist Church because we aren’t as extreme.

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    • Khan

      They have freedom to protest and people have the freedom to say they do or don’t like it. That’s how freedom of speech works. We will have to adapt to this freedom’s positives and negatives if we wish to be strong as a people.

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      • askc

        I agree, but we can’t control other people only ourselves. If we want to see less “judgemental” or “hateful” things going on, we have to be the change we wish to see.

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    • Benton 2011 grad

      I could not agree with this comment more. Perfectly worded.

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    • Pisces

      I still say “Surprise them with a Water Balloon fight” hahaha. As someone before me mentioned. Lets make it fun for all. C’mon its October :)

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      • Frank L. Dorsel III

        I am proud to be a Central alum and a US Army veteran with 26 years of service to our country. I graduated from Central in 1968. I am flaborgasted that anyone would attempt to throw garbage on the best school in St. Joe. I don’t live in St. Joe any more but am loyal to one of the greatest schools in this nation.

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  • Cardinal

    I went to benton but I believe everyone should support the Central side because it’s ignorance of this so called church

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  • Just a student

    Funny thing about all of this? I know a parent that is all god talk and she doesn’t believe this is right.

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    • Khan

      It is not so surprising. Westboro is an extremist faction which some educated sources would say can scarcely be considered Christian. Christianity believes in the supreme truth of God’s word (the bible) and would not manipulate it or ignore it for fear of God’s wrath (Because to slander his word is sin). By preaching hatred they slander God’s word. For 1 John 4:20 says “If anyone says, “I love God,” and hates his brother, he is a liar; for
      he who does not love his brother whom he has seen cannot love God whom
      he has not seen” and also 1 John 3:15 says “Everyone who hates his brother is a murderer, and you know that no murderer has eternal life abiding in him.” Brother, of course, is not a literal brother. In the age it was written it meant all of your kind (humanity) Westoboro cannot be Christian since they ignore the parts of the bible that don’t serve their purpose.

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  • CentralStudent

    Kay! Last time I checked Central teaches what needs to be taught. My child development teacher teaches me abstinence, so I have no clue where they are getting their information! And I don’t see why it is any of their business they should live their lives not ours. And maybe you should worry about picketing schools near you and not worry about traveling on lies that they have heard!

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    • Den

      I think alllllllllllllllll the schools should gather as 1 big group The sad part about all this is they try to cause hurt among all the schools and that’s not right We as a city should all band together and unite as 1 and defeat these so called church people and show them the St. Joe is a proud city

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      • MOtigerGirl

        Of all places to picket a school, why Saint Joseph? If they visited south Florida it would really blow their minds!!! Saint Joseph is a quiet little town. These people seriously need to get lives. I’m from Saint Joseph, and this just seems idiotic to me…however everything this so called “church” does is idiotic. Some day when they have to face Jesus and answer for what they have done, they are going to have a rude awakening. The Bible doesn’t teach hate and only Jesus Christ can judge.

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  • vicki_k

    I agree! There should be NO coverage & no one from the school should be out there giving them any ammo. What would hurt these clowns more is ignoring them.

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  • Lafayette Mom

    Maybe School should be out for the day not central but all schools why subject children to this ????????

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    • Margaret Justice

      Not a smart idea….there are those besides WBC looking for trouble.

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  • Andrew

    Don’t they know the quickest way to hell is to damn so one to hell and churches are the first one to do it

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  • Ronald Baker

    CITIZENS NEEDS TO INFORM BUSINESS TO REFUSES SERVICES TO THESE WESTBORO IDIOTS THEY HAVE THE RIGHT TO REFUSE SERVICE TO ANYONE —-IF THESE IDIOTS CAN GET GAS OR FOOD IT MIGHT BE A PROBLEM

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  • Bill Benson

    … and you just played right into their hands. I have dealt with them on more occasions than I care to remember. They are not dumb-hillbillys, in fact several of the family are lawyers. They post these things in an attempt to get everyone worked up, and it does work. These “warnings” get shared and repeated hundreds, thousands and even millions of times. Social media does wonders with that. What it amounts to is a fortune in free adverting for them. Marketing genius. Don’t be their suckers and their pawns. Ignore them at all costs.

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    • Mary Cummings

      As long as it makes people think, and stand up against hate and bullying, religious or otherwise. But yes, your point is well taken. Don’t get sucked in.

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  • Linda

    Considering who we are talking about, the refugees from Deliverance, it is not a very smart idea to picket one of St Joe’s biggest schools. These idiots should not get any news coverage at all. Such a waste of life!

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  • L M

    Please feel free to join the Peaceful Counter-Protest against WBC.
    The objective is for this is to be peaceful and this represents our entire city, not just Central High School.
    As much as this is to be fun, there is a purpose behind this.
    This school does not deserve to be singled out and the population of the school deserves to be protected from such hate.

    https://www.facebook.com/events/405904169509984/

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  • LOL

    Jon Stewart once said, “The Westboro Baptist Church is no more a church than Church’s Fried Chicken is a church.”

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  • Benton alumni

    It is only a protest if we pay attention to it, otherwise it’s a bunch of people standing around.

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    • Pisces

      hahaha, now this is a good one :)

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  • A Teacher’s Child

    The staff and children of Central High School should be very careful. While protesting is a protected right, none of us believe in what these people are doing. However, they are very smart and very well versed in the law. They are looking to push people into making a mistake. They are wanting to cause these kinds of responses. We, as the people of St. Joseph, need to band together and stand up for the teachers and students of Central High School. Just be careful, and don’t let them push you over the edge!

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  • jrk 01

    these dumb people need to get a life instead of picket a school they should be teaching their kids to respect. This sure does not remind me of a church school

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  • BD

    I’m proposing a surprise water balloon fight against them…

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    • Pisces

      hahahhahah and this would be funny too :)

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    • WeDeserveBetter

      Great idea! Or better yet, a surprise paintball match!

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  • Glenda

    I did not attend Central. I will be a part of a human chain around the school in support of our kids. Our kids of this town deserves the education in silence no matter what school in St. Joseph that they are attending. My support is to OUR kids of St. Joseph. S
    o church take judgemental garbage and leave OUR kids in peace.

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  • Anonymous

    I WILL be there to picket them back. I would love your support, please make an attractive and funny sign to protest back with!!!

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  • Brittany Amber Frakes

    I agree with every one else. As much as I don’t want it to be a media thing, I don’t like the fact that they are picketing the things that make us the country we are. Soldiers funerals, it’s stupid. We are a country founded on God. The main message God sent was to love people regardless of their flaws. God does not tell us to condemn everyone to hell. Central is a great place, especially in this changing world. It’s not cool to have a cult come and tell us that children(teens and young adults) and the teachers at the school are going to hell for teaching and practicing an open arms policy. We should all be there protesting against them, run them off, let them know they are not going to stomp on our ground…and not do it out of hate like them.

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  • Brenda

    I hope the kids stage a protest of this church and in unison, all 2000 student, moon the protesters! I am sure they will get all the kids to change their ways by doing such a thing! How about lead by example and show the kids how to do good for the community and stop trying to bully people into change.

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  • ALF

    Shouldn’t they start with the government…?

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  • dustin masoner

    my daughter go to school there I will be there

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  • Jason Brennan

    how about u line up on the side of the road with our veterans at a funeral of a troop that got killed in action and torment the basterds that are against the war

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  • Jason Brennan

    instead of doing that crap at central, im sure ill get no comment from those people, or those people can just go back to wherever they come from and just complain

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  • Jason Brennan

    central is a great school. I went to bishop LeBlond, and I know central is a great school as well

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  • Jason Brennan

    go do your Baptist crap somewhere else

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  • Jason Brennan

    I don’t mean to down grade the Baptist, just some followers

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    • Reason Ann Truth

      Actually – they are not affiliated with any known “baptist” group. They just put it in their name….

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  • Jason Brennan

    we all have the right to have our own church

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  • Pisces

    I still have to go back to the post mentioned a bit earlier, that I liked the best. Let’s just have a Water Balloon Fight and make it fun for all. hahahahah Might take alot of balloons and time airing up and filling with H2O, but hey, its is October and its a Festive month all month long!!!!! Could end up alot of fun for ALL :)

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  • bigDARINT

    so why not dismiss schools early that day and give them no audience!!

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  • This is BS!!

    I’d say if u can’t get them behind buses then enough parents need to get together and stand in front of them blocking them from the students seeing them. Make big signs to show support of the students and school functions. Face away from the so called church people so the kids see the big signs from the parents that encourages the children to keep up the good work. No media or these people are getting what they want.

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  • Peter Khalil

    One of best friends graduated from there, I have several friends that go there, That cult needs to be stopped.

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  • Kellie Benner

    That church needs to read a bible … If they were really interest in the things God hates…
    Proverbs 6:16-19

    There are six things that the Lord hates, seven that are an abomination to him: haughty eyes, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that devises wicked plans, feet that make haste to run to evil, a false witness who breathes out lies, and one who sows discord among brothers.

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  • Concerned

    I definitely agree with the two of you that said, Be very cautious!
    These trouble makers are just that.
    They are very intelligent and savvy with the law and hope to do as much harm as they can to people. Beware!!!
    I have some in my neighborhood and they’ve made our lives miserable and our once happy block a very toxic place to live!!
    Believe it!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • bb

    I think they better look at themselves before they judge other people. Like they are any better. They are the ones that need to read the bible.

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  • Tabatha Hatfield

    If they are a church at all they would also know that the bible says that GOD HATES NOT!!!! They are just looking for attention or are some kind of cult i have a child that will be attending Central High School next year and if some crap like this would happen to my child’s school i would be severely angry…… and who are they to judge the gay comunity …. read that little boy’s shirt it say “GOD HATES FAGS.COM”

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  • Tabatha Hatfield

    if u go to their website it and click blogs it is talking about thanking god for tragedies that have happened in the last couple of months i truly don’t think that any of those ppl should be allowed around our children’s schools they have enough ugly in this world to deal with without having to deal with their ugliness too

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  • lisa

    No St. Joseph high school should be picketed by these people. There is no difference between any of the 3 schools. For anyone participating in retaliating against them….BE CAREFUL!!!!

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  • Ramona

    Why don’t they just let the kids stay home that day or let them out early.

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  • BradleyHart

    WooHoo! I graduated from a place that pisses off Westboro Babtist Church. I know they hate unbelievers almost as much as they hate gays, but damn you would have thought I was higher on their list of degenerates. I would have expected my liberal secularism to have pissed them off enough that you know they would have picketed in the same decade I graduated. I am going to have to try harder.

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  • guest11223344

    I say if those worthless protesters step foot on the grounds at central high school they should be thrown in jail. Schools are suppose to be safe and those people would make it unsafe. I say press charges not because of what they are protesting because the law can’t protect you from harrasssment obviously. But because they are putting our children in danger and that is not acceptable!!!

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  • Sophia Keenesburg

    I think the time has come for the police to be on the other side of town.

    From 2.25 to 3.00 pm that is 35 minutes if I am not mistaken
    ?

    WHY is the media still telling aboutthe WBC I think WE ALL ARE BETTER OFF if we just act like they are DEAD to us. Do not give them media attention. IGNORE
    I think we (the normal people with a heart) could do more and just IGNORE them and when picket just have a sit down, say nothing just sit there …. let them do the shouting.

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  • John Lehmer

    Call the Patriot Guard or Facebook them. They are the best to block WBC.

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  • Yup

    I say we get as many people as we can and make sings as well but have them saying positive things and stand on the same corner and just overwhelm them we as a city can come up with more people than thy will have here plus they won’t like it much if we all stand where their standing

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  • Central oldie

    Is this a joke post?

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  • Central oldie

    What did you Central people do to get their wrath? Old quiet Central, in old quiet St. Joe. If this is real, and it looks like a hoax, don’t show up.

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  • Grammy

    A church I know of in Des Moines was picketed some years ago. The congregation greeted them with coffee and donuts, invited them in, said a prayer for them and then ignored their presence. They soon left.

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  • Melissa

    Best thing to do is ignore them. Look at the house right across the street from the church. They will pay when it is their time.

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  • Discouraged hope

    Having children walk around with those signs & shirts is a disgrace. Encouraging & teaching hate is a lot worse than what you’re going up against. You should be picketed for child abuse!!

    How in the heck are you encouraging “words of hope”?? You are turning people away from the churches, behaving like morons. So ignorant!!

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