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These fine people are members of the Westboro Baptist Church. I'd never seen them around Philly before this day (sometime in January)... it was much nicer that way. Of course, they did provide me with a nice photo op. ;) Never could I fathom teaching my children to hate so much as these people do. Sad.

Anyway, I'm sure this photo will stir up some controversy. Let's have it!

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:iconhollywoodraptor:
HollywoodRaptor Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
The unholy trinity is Obama, the pope wearing AC/DC merchandise and Alduin? :iconbitchpleaseplz:
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doryfan1 Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2012  Student Digital Artist
I see nothing in the bible that says god hates homosexuals,Jews and christians. In my opinion they will go to hell for saying such things. They say we should put away our so called filthy lives, but I think they should put away their filthy mouths instead.
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Sakura136 Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2011
I just love how these freaking bastard talk about priest who rape boy...but are priest themselve :iconwoodyrapefaceplz:
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FantasticFrank Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Wait, PHILLY?! That's like, an hour or two away from me. If they come anywhere near Allentown, I swear i'll tear those bastards limb from limb.
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SasuHale1125 Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I was walking down the street with my girlfriend when we saw 'dem baptists, it was crazy. They just started to scream at us and my girlfriend looked like she was gonna cry! It was awful, thank you for documenting their hatred for the world to see.
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Slippery-Frog Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2010
Lol, why is there a dragon on the "Unholy Trinity" poster? But I wonder what these people think they're going to achieve? I'm sure most people just write them off as crazy and ignore them. I do, with the exception of the groups with the "Thank God for Dead Soldiers" posters, I share more than words with that lot.
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Al-LZQ Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2010  Student Digital Artist
I'm disgusted by these 'Christians'. They are more like anti-Christs. Disgusting haters. Nice photo by the way, I'm glad I do not belong to that Satanic cult.
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Bladez636 Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Priests rape boys, thats the only truth WBC has ever uttered once in their life. Then again Fred raped Shirley and beared 13 retard children so it's hypocracy
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Playdoh87 Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2010
Poor kid's, Never given a chance. Excellent photo.
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:iconomegawarmech:
OmegaWarmech Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
A devil-horned pope, Obama, and and a dragon?

:la: That. Sounds. AWESOME!
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DemensionsOfInsanity Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
If someone sees one of their cars, take a can of spraypaint and draw a swastika and write "We are Nazis" on the side :D
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Water-Dragon-Girl Featured By Owner May 18, 2010
Is that a dragon on the unholy trinity sign?

Fail.
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MaeghanJade Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2009
If the stories are to be believed, Phelps may have a serious mental illness. (And no, not just because he does garbage like this: I've read the memoirs of his children--the ones who have "left the fold"--and he has all the hallmarks of a mental disorder. Several, in fact.)
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Mavali Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2009
We are not used to have this kind of event in our streets...so it makes me smile in a first (very short) time but then I realised how misplaced this is...It disturbes, for sure! I found the people so young, childish..in fact they look like victims!
This is a great shot!
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le-Meep Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2009  Student
i think its funny some people show as much hate for these people and disrespect thier opinion just as much as they hate others and disrespect thier opinion. i dont agree with these people my personal oppinion is that people should be more open. just saying.
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druideye Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Just wanted to let you know that I've featured this in a news article here: [link] please give it love!
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Atrapado Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
1st off lovely black and white photo Meredith :) the fonts really stand out and speak for themselves :D ^^

Are they protestants or something? are they against catholics? i remember reading a catholic and protestant controversy at a country for social studies. i feel its almost dumb ( sry i might sound harsh as i do not truely know or on how they were taught to nurture this kind of hatred ). but ever if they do read the bible, the bible speaks that vengence is God's. thus i feel its not really called for if theres a religion clash. or more of a different groups of people clash. :(
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le-Meep Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2009  Student
the other comments and description will answer your question.
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lisbonbeat Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2009
am I late?? enough controversy?? hehe...

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druideye Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
This has been featured in my journal here: [link] It will also be featured in a news article at the end of the month.
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myrnajacobs Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2009  Professional Photographer
What a strange combination of signs.... ?? You catch these things and are so good at it.
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frooshontay Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2009  Student
oh... they have sad faces too... :S
it's pretty hard to watch a girl like that with such an add on her hands thought.
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afterthoughtsphoto Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2009   Photographer
God love 'em... :faint:

I was SOOO pissed when I saw them with signs that said, "thank God for dead soldiers," and holding them up on the side of the road during the procession of a soldier's funeral, no less.

WTF. :fork:

But, their displays of ignorance are, sadly, a part of free speech, so I just try not to sink to their level by making myself look stupid in response to them. LOL Not gonna' change their minds, you know? But I had a whole e-mail typed up. LOL
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RickHaigh Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
interesting capture, meredith.. i can never understand how anybody could indoctrinate children into a religion..:no: they should be allowed to make up there minds.. that is how my parents brought me and my siblings up and we are all athiest/agnostic..
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Blissedsoul Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2009
great image !
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photonzoo Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2009
Great image, interesting and funny thread going on. :)
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m0riendi Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2009
the girl(?) on the right seems to be carrying that contradicted
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AnointedInBlood Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
These people in their smiling idiocy and hideously twisted logic have done more to marginalize hatred and intolerance than dozens of progressive thinkers could do in a lifetime. In a round about, backward and utterly infuriating way, they have probably done more good than harm.
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lune-fille Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2009   Photographer
Haha whaaat? This is crazy!
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ArtlessHmmmm Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2009
oh dear... i remember watching a documentary about child "preachers" like as young as 5 just spurting the hate they'd been taught. Church shouldn't be about hate.... i really don't get it! Great shot - quite some expressions. Did they hate your camera too!?
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Wanoah Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2009
Great photo; terrible people.

I particularly loathe the way that the more cult-like and extreme religious groups indoctrinate and abuse children like this. They prey on the impressionable, the vulnerable and the weak; and to anyone with any sense of justice and fairness, there is nothing more immoral than that.
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MagicWorld Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2009
Religion is murdering, hate and fanaticism.
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:iconthech:
TheCH Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2009  Student Digital Artist
Christianism is for peace and understanding.
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JACAC Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2009
i . h o p e . i . a m . n o t .=)
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AnnoyingRooster Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2009
as :iconalmanorigin: they are everywhere in topeka *sighs*
usually see them about once a month on some kind of protest *rolls eyes*
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almanorigin Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2009
Try living in Topeka with them. These people are fucking everywhere... it sucks...
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Treamus Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2009  Professional Photographer
Have seen the program where Louis Theroux lived with them for a few weeks scary stuff. The whole thing is on Youtube. [link]
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scottylarue Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
I have heard that these people are actually performance Artists... Very offensive but play acting... I took my family for a weekend in San Francisco and they were on Market Street... I was pissed because I really didn't want my grand kids to see this hate... They were just learning to read so of course they had to read all the signs out loud... Funny yes, but very sad too, just when you are learning to read, you learn you can't read everything... (you know to young for this )...
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meepthegreat Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2009
I have said it before, those people are nuts.
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bypass2020 Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2009
I'm not making a connection with the dragon but I am making a connection with the word lunatic. These imbeciles have just been barred from entering the UK and with good reason. This kind of fundamentalism would be dangerous if it wasn't so laughable. I feel sorry for those poor children being brought up in such a twisted and sick environment. Did you know they protest at the funerals of soldiers and AIDS victims?
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MiraKHall Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Nothin' but rude, hateful creatures, they :no: But what's the third image in the trinity? I recognize Obama and the D'n'D dragon, but the one with horns? That can't be the Pope, cannit?
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joejoesmoe Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2009
...and just a side note... I'm not trying to speak for them or assume what their motives are. Perhaps they could give the gospel in a different way...
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joejoesmoe Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2009
I think you're confused as to what their intention is. First of all, you assume they hate people so much, and that you would never teach your children to "hate" the way they do. If anything, it's the exact opposite. They're standing in the street to give the message of the Gospel to people. That's far from hating. We all have an appointment with God one day and we're either going to have eternal life in Heaven or eternal death in hell. If you knew their intention, you would not say that they have such "hatred" towards people. It's not sad, what they're doing is what Christ commanded all of use to do, and that is preach the Gospel to the world. Jesus said, "I am the way, the truth, the life, no one comes to the Father but through Me." THAT is what they're doing... sure, their signs may seem harsh, but it is just to grab attention. It's not hate my dear, they are doing this out of compassion and love.
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Dominus087 Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2009
You should probably watch a documentation on them before you assume what they are trying to accomplish. Their signs aren't there to grab attention it is actually what they believe. Stuff about them is on YouTube so if you want to just type in their church and you'll get a ton of stuff on them.
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clevella Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2009  Professional General Artist
A compassionate person would not be doing what they are doing.
An intelligent person would not be defending them.
A religious person sees nothing wrong.
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The-Vampire-Queen Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2009
I've heard of these people. They think Obama is the Anti-Christ or some shit like that. We have some of them around here...

How can someone be so ignorant!?
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rorshach13 Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2009
The dragon is from a movie
[link]
I think. Sean Connery.

I wouldn't have associated Pope Benedict with Obama or Sean Connery. Are they all freemasons?

And the Priests Rape Boys...is that indicative or imperative?
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jerry486 Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
my grandma used to say:

You need to be afraid of over-religious people

crazy stuff.
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edelherb Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2009
I don't really know what they mean with this trinity. The pope is also a freemason like Obama? Or also a racist? I cannot see exactly who's meant with the third. Typical for religious zealots, the black/white painting of the world. Fitting to the american politics.
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edelherb Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2009
But: I like this shot.
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