Zombies take on Westboro anti-LGBT protesters near Seattle

By David Edwards
Monday, July 30, 2012 11:15 EDT
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Counter-demonstrators dressed as zombies outnumbered protesters from the Westboro Baptist Church at a military base near DuPont, Washington over the weekend.

Melissa Neace, 27, launched a Facebook group to organize the zombies event after she learned that the radical ant-LGBT church would be picketing Joint Base Lewis-McChord near Seattle.

“We wanted to turn something negative around, into something people could laugh at and poke fun at,” Neace explained to The News Tribune. “It was the easiest way to divert attention from something so hateful.”

Over 200 people committed to attending the event on Saturday, which she called “Zombie’ing Westboro Baptist Church AWAY from Fort Lewis!”

The specific reason for Westboro’s protest was not immediately clear, but church members at the event ranted that God was killing U.S. soldiers because of LGBT rights.

“Amazon’s founder said today he’s going to put $2.5 million in the kitty,” one protester told KIRO-TV. “Amazon.com’s founder [donated] to push for fag marriage in the state of Washington.”

“And you think God kills soldiers because of that?” the reporter asked.

“Absolutely, he does,” the protester insisted.

Watch this video from KIRO-TV, broadcast July 29, 2012.

(h/t: The Huffington Post)

David Edwards
David Edwards
David Edwards has served as an editor at Raw Story since 2006. His work can also be found at Crooks & Liars, and he's also been published at The BRAD BLOG. He came to Raw Story after working as a network manager for the state of North Carolina and as as engineer developing enterprise resource planning software. Follow him on Twitter at @DavidEdwards.
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