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Sat Dec 7, 2013, 06:35 PM

Westboro Baptists ‘booking flights’ for Johannesburg to protest Mandela’s funeral

Source: THE RAW STORY

The Westboro Baptist Church has a long history of media-soliciting domestic and international hate protests, with pickets targeting the funerals of dead children at Sandy Hook, fallen soldiers and celebrities like Paul Walker drawing outsized attention.

Their next dive into the fray is a triple-gainer by their historical standards, though — a protest of Nelson Mandela’s funeral. In South Africa.

In a series of deliberately-provocative Twitter posts, the church says it is buying plane tickets to South Africa and is hoping to coordinate with South African police while they stage a protest at the funeral, citing Mandela’s divorce and remarriage as evidence of damnation.

Read more: http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2013/12/07/westboro-baptists-booking-flights-for-johannesburg-to-protest-mandelas-funeral/

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Reply Westboro Baptists ‘booking flights’ for Johannesburg to protest Mandela’s funeral (Original post)
hue Dec 2013 OP
Orrex Dec 2013 #1
Posteritatis Dec 2013 #5
beac Dec 2013 #17
Posteritatis Dec 2013 #22
LiberalFighter Dec 2013 #109
Scairp Dec 2013 #123
Cha Dec 2013 #64
Plucketeer Dec 2013 #71
Cha Dec 2013 #72
2banon Dec 2013 #65
Ecumenist Dec 2013 #75
murielm99 Dec 2013 #2
davidpdx Dec 2013 #48
Marrah_G Dec 2013 #3
7962 Dec 2013 #4
eggplant Dec 2013 #11
grahamhgreen Dec 2013 #98
TheCowsCameHome Dec 2013 #6
niyad Dec 2013 #32
IrishEyes Dec 2013 #57
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2banon Dec 2013 #66
yourmovemonkey Dec 2013 #86
hatrack Dec 2013 #111
hobbit709 Dec 2013 #7
Lithos Dec 2013 #15
truebluegreen Dec 2013 #105
CJCRANE Dec 2013 #8
diabeticman Dec 2013 #9
Diclotican Dec 2013 #28
DRoseDARs Dec 2013 #39
Paulie Dec 2013 #44
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BronxBoy Dec 2013 #63
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Response to hue (Original post)

Sat Dec 7, 2013, 06:36 PM

1. I think that they will find the experience most educational.

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Response to Orrex (Reply #1)

Sat Dec 7, 2013, 06:45 PM

5. Assuming they go at all, which they won't. (nt)

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Response to Posteritatis (Reply #5)

Sat Dec 7, 2013, 07:00 PM

17. They won't b/c they would have a hard time suing anyone who tried to prevent their protest and

making money by suing people is the Westboro Baptist Church's primary function. Their disgusting beliefs are the means to an end for their ongoing scam to con people into doing something actionable.

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Response to beac (Reply #17)

Sat Dec 7, 2013, 07:09 PM

22. More likely they won't because SA won't give them permission to enter the country. (nt)

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Response to Posteritatis (Reply #22)

Sun Dec 8, 2013, 01:40 PM

109. Would love for SA to allow entry and then deport them to a neighboring country w/o passport.

But it would also require keeping them from getting access to an American Embassy.

Maybe SA has laws against agitation of their type??

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Response to Posteritatis (Reply #5)

Mon Dec 9, 2013, 11:21 PM

123. It would be interesting if they did

The authorities would throw all their asses in jail the second they hit South African soil and then deport them after an appropriate time, which would hopefully be never. Be a nice way to get rid of some of them.

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Response to Orrex (Reply #1)

Sat Dec 7, 2013, 10:47 PM

64. We can only hope they learn a

life lesson.

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Response to Cha (Reply #64)

Sat Dec 7, 2013, 11:41 PM

71. From what I've seen of this group

 

learnin' of any sort is not one of their strong suits.

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Response to Plucketeer (Reply #71)

Sat Dec 7, 2013, 11:50 PM

72. It would have to be

drilled into them. Yeah, I don't really see them picking much up, either.. no matter what happens.

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Response to Orrex (Reply #1)

Sat Dec 7, 2013, 10:58 PM

65. You know, I think you're on to something.

 

If they really manage to make it over, perhaps they'll end up taking up permanent residence behind bars. LOL! We'll finally be free of these lunatics!

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Response to 2banon (Reply #65)

Sun Dec 8, 2013, 01:02 AM

75. NOPE, no they won't. They'd be taking a regular dirtnap. ZULUS are Warriors and if they go there

"protesting" and libelling Mandela, THEY WON'T BE COMING BACK or costing ONE.RED DIME to lock up...TRUST ME! LOL!

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Response to hue (Original post)

Sat Dec 7, 2013, 06:39 PM

2. Sometimes they just say this for publicity,

and don't actually show up. Ignore them.

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Response to murielm99 (Reply #2)

Sat Dec 7, 2013, 08:51 PM

48. I agree, it's a ruse for attention

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Response to hue (Original post)

Sat Dec 7, 2013, 06:43 PM

3. They won't go

Even if they tried they would probably be denied entrance.

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Response to hue (Original post)

Sat Dec 7, 2013, 06:44 PM

4. Cant wait to see their surprise at what kind of reception they get

 

They dont have the rights to "protest" there that they do here. And it wont take long for the SA people to show these idiots that they wont put up with their crap.

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Response to 7962 (Reply #4)

Sat Dec 7, 2013, 06:48 PM

11. Yup.

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Response to 7962 (Reply #4)

Sun Dec 8, 2013, 09:00 AM

98. Who are they picketing... God?

 

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Response to hue (Original post)

Sat Dec 7, 2013, 06:45 PM

6. I'll chip in for a few half way tickets

Anyone with me?

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Response to TheCowsCameHome (Reply #6)

Sat Dec 7, 2013, 07:29 PM

32. I will happily eat ramen for a week so I could toss a couple of dollars to the collection, if it

were promised that we would never have to see them again.

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Response to TheCowsCameHome (Reply #6)

Sat Dec 7, 2013, 10:02 PM

57. I couldn't do that to the people of South Africa

I would be happy to send them to their on little deserted island somewhere. Maybe they could take a boat ride through the Bermuda Triangle to get there.

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Response to IrishEyes (Reply #57)

Sat Dec 7, 2013, 10:05 PM

58. "half way", not "one way".

About mid-Atlantic would be just right.

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Response to TheCowsCameHome (Reply #58)

Sat Dec 7, 2013, 10:10 PM

61. Okay, I would throw in a couple of bucks for that.

Normally, I would be against throwing garbage in the ocean.

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Response to TheCowsCameHome (Reply #58)

Sat Dec 7, 2013, 10:59 PM

66. I'm in!

 

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Response to TheCowsCameHome (Reply #58)

Sun Dec 8, 2013, 02:28 AM

86. I'm in on this one too

Maybe we could set up a kickstarter campaign

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Response to IrishEyes (Reply #57)

Sun Dec 8, 2013, 01:56 PM

111. I was thinking Robben Island, but I think it's a museum now . . .

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Response to hue (Original post)

Sat Dec 7, 2013, 06:45 PM

7. We can only hope they actually go and they screw up there.

A nice stay in a foreign jail would be most enlightening to them.

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Response to hobbit709 (Reply #7)

Sat Dec 7, 2013, 06:59 PM

15. Without wishing for this

I think their screwing up would not end very pleasantly for them.

L-

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Response to hobbit709 (Reply #7)

Sun Dec 8, 2013, 12:10 PM

105. "Jail" would be the best case scenario

 

if they display their hate-filled bile there as they do here.

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Response to hue (Original post)

Sat Dec 7, 2013, 06:46 PM

8. Good luck with that. nt

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Response to hue (Original post)

Sat Dec 7, 2013, 06:46 PM

9. Hummm... guess we don't have to worry about them anymore. These nuts are actually going to

try this stunt they will see just how the world truly feels about our nutjobs.

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Response to diabeticman (Reply #9)

Sat Dec 7, 2013, 07:19 PM

28. diabeticman

diabeticman

As most of the world - even if they do have "free speech" they do have limits to the use - not as in the US, where insanity prevail - and sanity are in short suply...

If they do this - travel to South Africa, and try to pick the funeral of Mr Nelson Mandela - the former President of South Africa - they might found out the hard way - that the rest of the World might as well not accept that type of bahavour.... They are not in the US where it seen like the more insane you act - the better it is... And you have the _right" to pick others funeral to show off your bigotry and hatred..

Diclotican

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Response to Diclotican (Reply #28)

Sat Dec 7, 2013, 07:47 PM

39. Off-topic: Why do you type your posts the way you do?

 

In the Reply Title you put the name of the poster to whom you're responding, even though your post branches automatically off of theirs. You put their name again as the first text of the Message Text area. And finally you put your name at the bottom, even though the post will automatically show your name. Why do you do this with every post I've ever seen of yours? Seems so redundantly unnecessary and a silly waste of your time. Not trying to offend and please don't be, I've just long-wondered about this.

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Response to DRoseDARs (Reply #39)

Sat Dec 7, 2013, 08:21 PM

44. DRoseDARs

DRoseDARs

Wondrous élan.

Paulie

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Response to Paulie (Reply #44)

Sun Dec 8, 2013, 03:08 AM

92. Thank you. Unlike the other two, you didn't act like a dick.

 

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Response to DRoseDARs (Reply #39)

Sat Dec 7, 2013, 10:40 PM

63. He's been around a long, long time on DU

He doesn't live in the US and English is a second language. Please try to take that into consideration when you belittle someone because of how they write

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Response to DRoseDARs (Reply #39)

Sun Dec 8, 2013, 01:48 AM

82. Grow up and find something legitimate to bitch about.

 

He's not American and he lives in Europe. I'm not sure what his nationality is, but he's not a native English speaker.

I happen to think he communicates very well. And he can type anything he goddamned wants to in the reply title line.

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Response to kestrel91316 (Reply #82)

Sun Dec 8, 2013, 03:05 AM

90. I'm quite grown and who's bitching but you?

 

How about you take a Midol?

Edit: For the record, I didn't look at your profile until AFTER posting. Generally, I don't give a shit about an anonymous poster's gender, but the Midol comment in light of your over-reaction stands.

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Response to DRoseDARs (Reply #90)

Sun Dec 8, 2013, 09:57 AM

99. DRoseDARs

WTF?

- Tab

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Response to hue (Original post)

Sat Dec 7, 2013, 06:47 PM

10. Let them waste their money

I believe they will not actually be a problem..... they are seriously outnumbered wherever they go.

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Response to hue (Original post)

Sat Dec 7, 2013, 06:55 PM

12. They are attention seeking cowards. They won't fly to South Africa.

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Response to Shrike47 (Reply #12)

Sat Dec 7, 2013, 07:08 PM

20. I bet less than 2% of them even have a passport, FFS

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Response to Blue Owl (Reply #20)

Sat Dec 7, 2013, 08:32 PM

46. Why do they need to go overseas for....

Haven't they got enough people to hate at home!

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Response to hue (Original post)

Sat Dec 7, 2013, 06:59 PM

13. Huge mistake. HUGE.

This is not going to end well for them.

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Response to hue (Original post)

Sat Dec 7, 2013, 06:59 PM

14. Good ...

Is there some way they can stay out of this country?

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Response to hue (Original post)

Sat Dec 7, 2013, 07:00 PM

16. No they're not

they can't afford it, and they would never make it out of the airport if they DID go. They are liars and hypocrites.

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Response to hue (Original post)

Sat Dec 7, 2013, 07:04 PM

18. They won't go.

Their whole shtick is making money from lawsuits claiming their rights to protest are being infringed. I think the SA legal system would probably laugh at that kind of insanity.. Also, they don't have the courage. Imo, this 'Church' group is nothing but a bunch of cowardly sham artists.

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Response to hue (Original post)

Sat Dec 7, 2013, 07:06 PM

19. Part of me hopes...

 

that South Africa does not have an equivalent to our 1st Amendment. Am I evil?

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Response to awoke_in_2003 (Reply #19)

Sat Dec 7, 2013, 07:15 PM

24. awoke_in_2003

awoke_in_2003

I do not think South Africa have the equivalent to the US 1st amendment at all... So it might be that they would have to visit the inside of a prison cell for a while, if they choose to travel to South Africa, and pick the funeral of Nelson Mandela...

And the police in South Africa is not as polite as many other police forces in the world - rather the opposite

Diclotican

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Response to hue (Original post)

Sat Dec 7, 2013, 07:08 PM

21. Well, IF they do...

 

show up, I'd like to sell tickets to that dance.

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Response to adavid (Reply #21)

Sat Dec 7, 2013, 07:23 PM

29. Welcome to DU, adavid!

Glad you're here. Whenever I see something about these bastards I just start immediately wondering "WHEN will it stop?" WHEN will these assholes finally - I dunno - either learn, or wise up, or shut up, or go away, or cease and desist, or some such. The sheer callous cold cruelty just blows my freakin' mind. How ANYONE could do this shit they do, or even threaten to do it, in ANY way capitalizing or usurping or otherwise pissing on someone's period of mourning, how they can then claim they're doing it in the name of Christ - it's just beyond me.

I hope they get theirs, BIGTIME, someday.

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Response to calimary (Reply #29)

Sat Dec 7, 2013, 07:32 PM

33. I keep wondering why a tornado has not taken them out while they are in their hate-mongering

"church". my one amusement regarding them these days is that house across the street from them.

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Response to hue (Original post)

Sat Dec 7, 2013, 07:12 PM

23. hue

hue

I suspect they will understand - it is LIMITS to how they can treat others if they was ever to leave the US... In South Africa - as most country's do have some limits to "free speech" and I guess trying to disturb the funeral of Nelson Mandela would be seen as a affront to South Africa in general.... I doubt South Africa also have some "1th admedment" as they have it in US - and I have the feeling if they want to play it the same way as they do it in the US, they might discover that others tend to be more fysical than in the US..

The big questioning would be, if they was allowed to visit South Africa at all - I suspect it is no waiver agreement between South Africa and US - so they have to do some paperwork at the South African Embassy - or the nearest consulate.. And I guess (I hope at least) members of the Wesboro Baptist Church are on some list - and the person would be denied aces to South Africa...

But then again - I guess they would not travel to South Africa at all - just smoke and mirror to make some noise...

Diclotican

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Response to Diclotican (Reply #23)

Sun Dec 8, 2013, 01:21 AM

78. Most of the Anglosphere has blocked them visiting...

They planned to disrupt the funeral of a murdered man, but the government tried to keep them out, although some of them snuck in:

Church members enter Canada, aiming to picket bus victim's funeral


"We're not going to allow these people to compound the tragedy of the McLean family loss, and Canadians simply won't tolerate these lunatics disrupting what should be a respectful service," he told CBC News on Friday.

"Your freedom to swing your arm in the air ends when it touches the end of my nose," he added. "What these people were going to do was hurtful, harmful and disruptive to the peace, order and good government that we guarantee to our citizens, so they have no place in this country."


http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/manitoba/church-members-enter-canada-aiming-to-picket-bus-victim-s-funeral-1.703285

UK bans UK anti-gay pastor Fred Phelps of Westboro Baptist Church

http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.php?az=view_all&address=102x3747823

AFAIK, here is part of their little hate group in a public park. I found it on the net, but didn't save the link:



Yes, the First Amendment has been abused terribly. It may be due to the idea that we are supposed to be rebelling against everything, even what is good. There comes a point when one is rebellling against one's best interests. And no respect for anyone else, to cause enmity that doesn't work in the long run.

The Westboro Baptist Church are lawyers, most of them, and have taken advantage of the First Amendment's shield on political and relgious rights. The 1stA no longer serving its purpose to inform people to make good choices in voting, interacting with others or making informed choices in other areas of life.

It's more about propaganda or making money, as this group specializes in lawsuits.

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Response to freshwest (Reply #78)

Sun Dec 8, 2013, 01:30 AM

80. !!!

ANKLE BITERS?!

Wow.

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Response to 2naSalit (Reply #80)

Sun Dec 8, 2013, 02:30 AM

87. I don't even know what that meant. Don't wanna know, either. Long list, huh?

Last edited Sun Dec 8, 2013, 03:55 AM - Edit history (1)

Look at 'em... Suspect they are descendants of the rabble shown here:



The GOP wants that kind of society.



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Response to freshwest (Reply #87)

Sun Dec 8, 2013, 01:25 PM

108. No doubt about it

on both counts!

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Response to hue (Original post)

Sat Dec 7, 2013, 07:16 PM

25. They're not going anywhere

They're not stupid enough to go somewhere the US Constitution doesn't apply. And they like yo jerk people's chains by just saying they will do something.

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Response to hue (Original post)

Sat Dec 7, 2013, 07:18 PM

26. have they actually attended any of the funerals they have threatened to in the last couple of years?

and what was wrong with paul walker?

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Response to hue (Original post)

Sat Dec 7, 2013, 07:19 PM

27. File their bookings under "Safari Hunters." That''ll slow 'em down.

 

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Response to hue (Original post)

Sat Dec 7, 2013, 07:29 PM

30. PLEASE, PLEASE do fly there!

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Response to hue (Original post)

Sat Dec 7, 2013, 07:29 PM

31. This ought to be good ...

 

though I did not read the article, I suspect that these folks will soon appreciate the liberalism that has sheltered them here in the U.S. They will find that their "right to freedom of expression" only extends to the eastern sea-board, as that is where their Constitutional protections end.

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Response to 1StrongBlackMan (Reply #31)

Sun Dec 8, 2013, 04:05 AM

95. Interesting details from the link:

...WBC founder Fred Phelps is — perhaps surprisingly — a veteran of the civil rights movement, but the group’s more offensive picket signs and statements may run afoul of South Africa’s limitations on free speech.

The 1996 constitution contains more protection for free speech in law and practice than most countries in Africa, but “advocacy of hatred that is based on race, ethnicity, gender or religion, and that constitutes incitement to cause harm” is not protected.

And if the early Twitter reaction to the WBC announcement is any indication, incitement may already be happening...


They expect some liberalism to protect them there... But what is likely going to be a day of mourning will happen on the 15th and be heavily attended. This group would definitely be incitement of the mourners, IMHO.

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Response to hue (Original post)

Sat Dec 7, 2013, 07:32 PM

34. After they arrive iN South Africa, put them on no fly list

Let's put the no fly list to an appropriate use

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Response to Gothmog (Reply #34)

Sat Dec 7, 2013, 07:51 PM

40. That is a GREAT idea!!

 

Busted out laughing when I saw your post.

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Response to hue (Original post)

Sat Dec 7, 2013, 07:32 PM

35. I hear Robben Island has comfortable beds for them

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Response to hue (Original post)

Sat Dec 7, 2013, 07:38 PM

36. Not likely.

If they stick their necks out over there, I'll be quite surprised if they come back at all. Even if it's in boxes.

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Response to Oakenshield (Reply #36)

Sun Dec 8, 2013, 02:00 PM

112. If they stick their necks out with their usual bullshit, they'll get necklaced

I can't imagine a more dangerous, stupid (to say nothing of phantasmagorically offensive) plan than what they're ostensibly proposing to do.

Standing on a street corner in SA saying that Mandela's in Hell because he remarried? Good luck with that little master plan.


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Response to hue (Original post)

Sat Dec 7, 2013, 07:38 PM

37. Wouldn't that money be better spent caring for the poor, elderly and ill in their community?

I already know how they spin their wacky approach to Christianity around and around...


Tikki

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Response to hue (Original post)

Sat Dec 7, 2013, 07:38 PM

38. I want to become so famous...

I can work up thousands of people by merely opening my mouth about something I have no intention of actually doing.

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Response to hue (Original post)

Sat Dec 7, 2013, 07:59 PM

41. The cheapest round trip fare from Chicago to Johannesburg

leaving in time for the funeral will cost them almost $3K apiece. They aren't going.

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Response to The Velveteen Ocelot (Reply #41)

Sat Dec 7, 2013, 10:06 PM

60. I'll bet they have the cash to send at least a few people, unfortunately.

Though they're likely to get necklaced if they do their usual show.

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Response to hue (Original post)

Sat Dec 7, 2013, 08:11 PM

42. Betcha

…they don't go. They haven't showed up at most of the funerals they claim they're going to recently. Mostly they just SAY they will to get people riled up. And it could very well be that the government of SA knows enough about them not to let them in…wouldn't that be pretty!

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Response to hue (Original post)

Sat Dec 7, 2013, 08:20 PM

43. Has anyone noticed...

that these people rarely show up to the places they say they'll be? It's time to turn them off.

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Response to liberalmuse (Reply #43)

Sun Dec 8, 2013, 01:48 AM

83. I just thought of a story/analogy when I saw

your post.

I once lived in a rural place where there were lots of wild turkeys. Very early one morning I woke to a strange noise outside the house so I got up to see what it was... there were about 50 or 60 turkeys all circled around my vehicle in the driveway in a very tight group. On the outer edge of the group there were about seven or eight of them constantly announcing that something was going on and it was upsetting. Then I noticed the six Toms that roosted in my trees strutting around all puffed up outside the circle. They would come close to the group and one would set out his wings a bit and say "ooobalooobaloooble!" and the whole crowd would just go off like a screeching gossip competition on steroids as if they were all screaming "OMG!! Did you hear that!? OOOHHHH!" all at once. After a minute they would settle down as the Toms had singled out one of the crowd and herded them off a ways while the "callers" at the edge of the circle would keep announcing the event. And five minutes later the whole thing would start all over again. This went on for a couple hours.

That's what the WBC and the public response to their threats to show up somewhere and protest reminds me of!

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Response to hue (Original post)

Sat Dec 7, 2013, 08:24 PM

45. I don't think so.....

Firstly they'll be asked why they are visiting South Africa and if they answer to picket Nelson Mandela's funeral then they won't get in......secondly they have enough hateful white bigots there already ...thirdly they're just plain scum...they are a waste of air

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Response to hue (Original post)

Sat Dec 7, 2013, 08:35 PM

47. They won't get let out of Oliver Tambo Airport there. SA is NOT the USA. They don't put up with this

bullshit. Seriously.

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Response to hue (Original post)

Sat Dec 7, 2013, 08:56 PM

49. Why don't these knuckleheads to go North Korea?

Maybe we'd get lucky and they'd be sent to a labor camp.

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Response to LiberalElite (Reply #49)

Sun Dec 8, 2013, 12:51 AM

74. Actually they might fit in with North Korea the most rigid authoritarian and quirky nation on Earth.

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Response to gordianot (Reply #74)

Sun Dec 8, 2013, 01:11 PM

107. All they have to do

is tell the North Koreans they're going to hell because Jesus isn't their Lord & Savior and they'll be cellies with that other evangelistic American who was sentenced to 15 years hard labor. The difference will be that NOBODY will be trying to get them released.

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Response to hue (Original post)

Sat Dec 7, 2013, 09:07 PM

50. i double dog dare them

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Response to hue (Original post)

Sat Dec 7, 2013, 09:15 PM

51. Such low-life, scum-bags.

Anything to keep in the news.

Realizing it's only their fantasy, I'd really like to see how they might be received in South Africa. I would hope they have a large vat of boiling tar to tar and feather these low life, bottom feeders.

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Response to hue (Original post)

Sat Dec 7, 2013, 09:15 PM

52. Have fun!

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Response to hue (Original post)

Sat Dec 7, 2013, 09:23 PM

53. You know the State Department could come out

and say they have fast tracked this for them. So they can go, and probably get beaten to death, or they could do the likely chicken shit route and decline. Either way its a huge win or a little win.

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Response to hue (Original post)

Sat Dec 7, 2013, 09:39 PM

54. They better keep there heads down because South Africa ain't ...

the USA ... NO WAY, NO HOW ...

They will have there faces shoved so far up there assholes, they won't see the sun shine for the remainder of there pitiful lives....

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Response to hue (Original post)

Sat Dec 7, 2013, 09:45 PM

55. Any Chance

we can revoke their passports while they are on their little trip ,,,?

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Response to hue (Original post)

Sat Dec 7, 2013, 09:49 PM

56. Do they realize they will need passports? What a pathetic existence.

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Response to hue (Original post)

Sat Dec 7, 2013, 10:06 PM

59. Why aren't they on the terrorist watch list?

Hopefully S Africa will refuse to let them enter the country.

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Response to hue (Original post)

Sat Dec 7, 2013, 10:37 PM

62. Good gravy

They suck.

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Response to shenmue (Reply #62)

Sun Dec 8, 2013, 02:35 AM

88. LOL. Short and to the point!

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Response to hue (Original post)

Sat Dec 7, 2013, 11:09 PM

67. People like these morons

 

do not improve the image of Americans around the globe.
Many portray us as people like these idiots.
I would they just stay home and go crawl under a rock,
or spend a long time in the Crowbar Hotel, which is where they REALLY belong.

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Response to hue (Original post)

Sat Dec 7, 2013, 11:11 PM

68. Mandela was one of the greatest leaders in recent history

And Fred Phelps is worried about a venial matter that is commonplace nowadays.

If a great man like Mandela is going to Hell and a petty bigot like Phelps is going to Heaven, then I choose Hell. There's obviously a better breed of human beings there.

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Response to hue (Original post)

Sat Dec 7, 2013, 11:13 PM

69. What smucks.

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Response to hue (Original post)

Sat Dec 7, 2013, 11:38 PM

70. Yeah right. They said that about Hanneman's funeral

and chickened out. They only picket when they know they are safe.

I doubt a single member will board a plane.

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Response to hue (Original post)

Sun Dec 8, 2013, 12:19 AM

73. Oh, good!

 

Pleeeeease let them go! The chances of it ending without an international incident they don't expect are good. Hopefully it will be some serious violation of law.

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Response to hue (Original post)

Sun Dec 8, 2013, 01:07 AM

76. This will be interesting to watch.

I wonder if they have any of those necklaces left that they used to give away publicly. Maybe a donation could be made to Westboro.

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Response to hue (Original post)

Sun Dec 8, 2013, 01:07 AM

77. Kinda hard

to protest with a burning tire around your neck though.

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Response to hue (Original post)

Sun Dec 8, 2013, 01:29 AM

79. Pleeeeease don't chicken out... Pleeeeease don't chicken out.

Again.

South Africa awaits you.

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Response to hue (Original post)

Sun Dec 8, 2013, 01:32 AM

81. yeah, yeah, yeah. Talk is cheap.

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Response to hue (Original post)

Sun Dec 8, 2013, 01:51 AM

84. South Africa's constitution makes anti-GLBT discrimination a crime

 

Along with racism. if they do this, they WILL be going to jail. And I can't imagine that the US consulatewill be much help, as they don't even have the "didn't know!" excuse

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Response to hue (Original post)

Sun Dec 8, 2013, 02:28 AM

85. Not a very smart move...

... but hey, we always knew they didn't have much sense.

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Response to hue (Original post)

Sun Dec 8, 2013, 02:56 AM

89. Money beg.

 

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Response to hue (Original post)

Sun Dec 8, 2013, 03:30 AM

93. Heh...if they actually go through with it

It will be the last mistake they ever make.

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Response to hue (Original post)

Sun Dec 8, 2013, 04:02 AM

94. If I don't get anything else for Christmas

This year, I would be so pleased if they actually did go. I know they're usually all talk, but the child in me is going "Please! Please! Please!"*

*So long as they leave their kiddos here don't want the young ones paying for the stupidity of their grandfather.

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Response to hue (Original post)

Sun Dec 8, 2013, 06:56 AM

96. I just wish.

Their trying anything there would not end well. In fact, their trying anything like they get away with in the US would end badly for them anywhere else in the world, not so much because their so-called freedom of speech would be under threat but because they are simply badly-behaved idiots and bullies with no sense of conscience, timing or place except inside their own narrow-minded bubbles of hatred.

But they won't go. They are cowards to the core.

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Response to hue (Original post)

Sun Dec 8, 2013, 08:14 AM

97. Who do you think.....

 

...wants to get in an airplane with these assholes and have to fly over that much water?

- Even atheists would be praying for god to smite that airplane.

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Response to hue (Original post)

Sun Dec 8, 2013, 10:08 AM

100. "...and they were never seen, or heard from, again." /nt

 

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Response to hue (Original post)

Sun Dec 8, 2013, 10:10 AM

101. This will not end well

 

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Response to hue (Original post)

Sun Dec 8, 2013, 10:29 AM

102. The loons are flying south for the winter! n/t

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Response to hue (Original post)

Sun Dec 8, 2013, 10:30 AM

103. Lots of luck getting visas. n/t

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Response to hue (Original post)

Sun Dec 8, 2013, 11:34 AM

104. They may get the beat down. Did they save on one way tickets and are their things in order?

 

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Response to hue (Original post)

Sun Dec 8, 2013, 12:10 PM

106. Do they know parts of Africa still have cannibals?

 

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Response to hue (Original post)

Sun Dec 8, 2013, 01:49 PM

110. I hope they bought non-refundable tickets and are refused visas!

It's all bluster though - those nuts probably don't even have passports.

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Response to hue (Original post)

Sun Dec 8, 2013, 05:27 PM

113. The State Dept .. should put them on a no-fly list.

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Response to hue (Original post)

Sun Dec 8, 2013, 05:47 PM

114. Likely phone call transcript if they do go:



If they go, I think the usual "contact the nearest American consulate" advice in case of trouble abroad will not result in much help this time.

Imagine the dialog: "American Consulate? HELP! We're being attacked by an angry mob with clubs and machetes!"

Consulate operator:"What is your location?"

Caller: "We're at the Mandela funeral!"

Consulate Operator:"Who is 'we'?"

Caller: "We're with the Westboro Baptist Church!"

Consulate Operator: "I'll put you through to the right extension immediately."

"Caller: "Please hurry! They look like they want to tear us apart!"

*click!*

Recorded voice: "This is the office of special services of the United
States Consulate in Johannesburg. Please select from the
following five options: For loss of passport, press 1. If you have a medical
emergency, press 2. If you have had a vehicular incident and need
emergency transportation, press 3. If you are in need of legal
representation, press 4. If you are a member of the Westboro Baptist
Church protesting at Nelson Mandela's funeral, press 5, record your last
words at the tone, bend over, and kiss your ass goodbye."

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Response to hue (Original post)

Sun Dec 8, 2013, 08:34 PM

115. I hope they spend a ton of money on tickets

get to South Africa - only to have the immigration officials there hold them until they can be put on the next fight back to the U.S.

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Response to hue (Original post)

Mon Dec 9, 2013, 08:35 AM

116. This would not go well for them. Which is why I hope they try to do it. nt

 

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Response to hue (Original post)

Mon Dec 9, 2013, 09:54 AM

117. Oh, good.

Then they can get the crap beaten out of them in South Africa.

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Response to hue (Original post)

Mon Dec 9, 2013, 10:23 AM

118. Hmm. Hopefully the S. Africans will detain them at the airport and put them on the next flight

back to wherever it is they came from.

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Response to hue (Original post)

Mon Dec 9, 2013, 09:06 PM

119. These are some seriously sick people.

 

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Response to FMalone (Reply #119)

Tue Dec 10, 2013, 11:50 AM

124. Welcome to DU

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Response to gopiscrap (Reply #124)

Tue Dec 10, 2013, 05:07 PM

125. Thanks

 

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Response to hue (Original post)

Mon Dec 9, 2013, 09:09 PM

120. Insanely misguided fools.

Hopefully they can find a way to all earn Darwin Awards.

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Response to hue (Original post)

Mon Dec 9, 2013, 10:23 PM

121. Let them spend their money

as if they will, which they won't.
This bunch is such a scab on humanity. They aren't worth the powder to blow them to hell, yet whenever I see them in a subject line I always look.
Shame on me.

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Response to hue (Original post)

Mon Dec 9, 2013, 10:34 PM

122. For real?

What do these people do other than stage protests at funerals? It seems to be their main reason for existing as a church.

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Response to hue (Original post)

Tue Dec 10, 2013, 05:10 PM

126. Maggots

They are just maggots always trying to feed on the dead. They have just about as much significance.

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Response to hue (Original post)

Tue Dec 10, 2013, 06:14 PM

127. It'd be a shame if their planes went down over the ocean.

 

Because, you know, those planes aren't cheap. Probably wouldn't do the ocean's ecosystem much good either.

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Response to hue (Original post)

Wed Dec 11, 2013, 11:37 AM

128. I hope they don't get killed.

They are really scum but South Africa isn't like the US. We just try our best to ignore them They might really get mobbed and hurt there.

Then what would we do for entertainment here in Kansas and Missouri?

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Response to hue (Original post)

Wed Dec 11, 2013, 01:39 PM

129. Pictures of the receipts for non-refundable fees, or it didn't happen.

I don't mean the OP, hue, I mean Westboro has to put up or shut up.

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