The Westboro Baptist church has not been in the news much recently but you knew that that would not last long. They are insatiable in their desire for publicity and have announced that they will picket outside the site of last week’s massacre.
It is hard to know how to respond to this group. Elizabeth Tenety suggests four possible options which can be summarized as counter-protest, engage with them, shut them down, and ignore them.
The WBC have free speech rights that cannot (and should not) be infringed. They know the law and stay within the boundaries that the law allows. While ignoring them would be the best, that is hard to do because they just keep upping their actions.
I think there is a fifth option, and that is mocking them. Just laugh at them, and make the whole thing into fun street theater, like Michael Moore did back in 1999.
Or as Red State did more recently
The WBC people are clearly trying to make people angry. Laughing at them and treating them like buffoons might be the best response. People with a message hate it when you don’t take them seriously.