Using Westboro Baptist Church as a Fundraiser

There are a number of clever ways to respond when Fred Phelps‘ Westboro Baptist Church comes to your area to protest… whatever ridiculous thing they’re protesting.

Recently, the Pastafarians at the University of South Carolina counter-protested with funny signs:

Cute. Funny. Attention-getting.

But there’s an even better way to respond to the hate.

I’m especially excited because this one took place at my alma mater, the University of Illinois at Chicago.

UIC student Jason Connell used the protest as a way to raise money for the organizations that are subject to the wrath of WBC. Groups like the Human Rights Campaign, International AIDS Foundation and the Chicago-based Jerusalem Open House.

Donations were named in honor of the Westboro Baptist Church and community thank you cards will be sent from the non-profits to WBC leader Fred Phelps. Connell called it a, “Lemons to Lemonade” situation.

The thank-you cards are a nice touch 🙂

It’s a great way to capitalize on the publicity that the Phelps clan always brings with them.

(Thanks to Jon for the link!)

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