The infamous anti-LGBTQ+ hate group known as Westboro Baptist Church was trying to protest an openly transgender lawmaker in Virginia, but they were drowned out by hundreds of metalheads playing kazoos loudly.
So now we know what it takes to defeat a vengeful God…
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THIS is how you deal with clowns like the #westborobaptistchurch. They want hate. They want anger. They want screaming arguments. Most importantly, they want lawsuits- many of their members are attorneys just waiting for someone to punch them so they can sue the pants off them. What did RVA give them today? Outrageously costumed freaks. Dancing. Head banging. Drumming. Vuvuzelas. Oh yeah– and kazoos. LOTS of kazoos. The noise was INCREDIBLE– no one could hear a single word they said. They have the right to say those ignorant things- but you have the right to throw a party so loud they leave early, looking totally defeated. And that’s EXACTLY what happened today- we had a blast, & they burned through some of their bank account getting to our town. TOTAL VICTORY, so BEAT IT, KOOKS. I didn’t take a single photo today- too busy partying in the streets, MY STREETS. Everyone but the #westborobaptistchurch had a good time today- smiles all around, just the way I like it. Now I can get some rest & go back to my normal craziness. Thanks for showing up so early, RVA- y’all went HARD today. ��� #kazoo #counterparty #champagnejam #beatitkooks
This all happened because the lawmaker in question, Del. Danica Roem, happens to be a metal singer herself. The ultimate irony here, I suppose, is that Westboro was driven out by a band called “Lamb of God.”
Their counter-protest worked wonders.
[Singer Randy Blythe] called on his fans to dress in the most absurd costumes they could muster and promised to hand out free kazoos, which were in abundance.
“These people are coming out and speaking a bunch of ignorance about my friend [Roem],” Blythe said. “I don’t like that. So we came out and just drowned them out. That’s the easiest way. There’s no point in engaging these people.”
As someone who has interviewed several current and former members of the Westboro Baptist Church and published the transcripts in a recent book, I can attest that they aren’t worth engaging if your intention is to change minds.
Blythe was proven right, too. Westboro’s members left after only 30 minutes.
About six members of the Westboro Baptist Church attended. They arrived before 9 a.m. and left about a half hour later. They planned a second demonstration on the campus of Virginia Commonwealth University later in the day.
Roem was not in attendance, but had her own response to the Westboro Baptist Church visit, turning it into a fundraiser that collected more than $25,000 for her reelection campaign.
“I set out to make the best out of a bad situation by doing what a good candidate for office should do,” she said last week. “Flip the script on something negative by raising money off of the response without amplifying the original negativity and driving a unifying message about love conquering hate.”
We need more politicians like her in our country.