Went to Andrews, TX, to counter-protest the WBC, ended up getting run out of town.

So the Gay- Straight Alliance at the university around here organized a counter protest, because the WBC was going to protest the funeral of a soldier who had died in combat from there. We had a conglomeration of signs, one had FSM <3 gays on it, another had God hates figs, and so on. Mine had a quote about bigotry from Jefferson. We went there with the best of intentions. Lots of people had anti-wbc signs, and God bless America signs. The procession entered and suddenly a cop grabbed my sign and read what it said. "Where are you from?" "...Midland" "I'm going to ask you to leave because your signs are offending people." My awesome friend "What? We're not doing anything wrong." "These people are getting offended by your signs." Then some old man grabs one of the guy's signs and starts freaking out."Ya'll are gonna have to leave or come with me." We raised our signs and march towards the camera crew with a group of angry people behind us. "We came to protest Westboro, and are getting thrown out." The crew didn't care or look the least bit interested. Then, a guy punched my friend in the ribs and an old man beat him with a cane. We got in the van and went to get the rest of our group followed by the mob and the cops. So much for being on the same side. :( I've never been so terrified in my life.

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Comment by Walter Maki on April 29, 2011 at 11:17pm
I'll bet it was scary with emotions of the crowd running high. My guess they were biased on where the support came from since you didn't have a "pro-god" sign or an anti-wbc sign.
Comment by Beefaice on April 29, 2011 at 11:21pm
One said, "Soldiers rock! Fred Phelps sucks cock!", so it was obvious why we were there.
Comment by Walter Maki on April 29, 2011 at 11:25pm
I guess they could only handle a "PG" rated signs.
Comment by Beefaice on April 30, 2011 at 12:21am
People had "war is the answer" spray painted on their trucks, so I dunno about PG, lol.
Comment by Walter Maki on April 30, 2011 at 12:42am

Maybe you all offended their theistic war monger sensibilities :P

Just shows how narrow minded some folks are when a different approach is used.

Comment by Heather Spoonheim on April 30, 2011 at 3:00am
Maybe the cop and the other locals just can't read - they might have thought you were the WBC.
Comment by Lindsey on April 30, 2011 at 4:10am
What else would you expect from Texas? Bunch of crazy-ass psychos down there.
Comment by Beefaice on April 30, 2011 at 6:27pm
The sheriff read my sign, so I don't think so.
Comment by Scarlette Blues on April 30, 2011 at 6:45pm
This isn't right at all. Why should the WBC have the right to protest and your group doesn't. Aren't the WBC's signed OFFENDING people? Everyone has to right to peacefully protest, regardless of the message.
Comment by Beefaice on May 1, 2011 at 2:13pm
We were too scared to, honestly.

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