December 16th, 2012
Shirley Phelps-Roper in action.

Almost as sickening as the massacre of so many innocent children and adults in Newtown, CT, is the word now that the handful of members of Topeka’s Westboro Baptist Church plan to protest outside the elementary school.

Shirley Phelps-Roper announced the group’s plan via Twitter:  “Westboro will picket Sandy Hook Elementary School to sing  praise to God for the glory of his work in executing his judgment.”

In a second Tweet she wrote:  “Praise God! You raise the children to rebel against God. You  know better. Now, the worst grade school shooting in US History.”

The news media in Kansas, Missouri and much of the Midwest already know that the members of Westboro will go anywhere and do anything to get publicity.  Over the years media outlets in our area have learned to virtually ignore their awful protests at funerals, churches, plane crashes, etc.

The area’s leading blogger, Tony Botello of, is reporting that many on-line sites are printing personal information about members of the Westboro group in protest of their antics.  A Kansas City-based site, KCSR, also has a link to the group’s information and a national site,, is posting “10 Nonviolent Ways to Thwart a Westboro Baptist Church Protest.”

While the temptation is for the media is to give these people exposure because of their outrageous antics, our plea to national media outlets is to totally ignore their protests at the school.  They need publicity like a crack addict needs drugs.

Do not allow them to demean this national tragedy by their publicity tactics.

The people of that community are trying to deal with a tragedy that has rocked our nation to its core.  We need to heal, not listen to or give publicity to the awful messages from the Westboro members.

Do not give them the media exposure they so desperately crave.

Thank you.

4 Responses

  1. Matt says:

    I’ve been saying for years that if the media would just ignore these sh*tbirds, they lose any power they supposedly have. They are not worth being discussed or covered, EVER.

  2. DC in PV says:

    I completely agree with you. Publicity is the lifeblood of Westboro Baptist Church and its demented leaders. It’s the only thing that keeps them going. Give them publicity and they thrive; withhold it and they die.

  3. Rick Nichols says:

    I was disappointed that about a year or so ago The Star apparently chose to do a long story on one of the members of the Phelps family (gang?). I can just see one of them calling up the paper to say that it needed to do this particular story because the family was so “misunderstood” by the rest of the world. Yeah. Give me a break.

  4. mike t. says:

    i can’t take credit for the idea/comment, but it was just too good not to pass on:

    The Westboro Baptist Church has planned a rally at Arrowhead on Sunday. God hates FGs.

    (for those interested in seeing the original comment in context, visit Greg Hall’s OTC blog.)

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