Gordon gets picketed by Westboro Baptist Church in Scotland!

OK, that was slight exaggeration; Westboro Baptist Church are not picketing Gordon himself, but the offices he works in.

Yep, the Westboro mob of “God hates fags” fame are gracing Edinburgh with their presence and are picketing the Church of Scotland Ecumenical Autumn Conference.

Here’s Gordon’s account of events:

So I arrived at work this morning to find police guarding the door. Westboro Baptist Church were in town picketing a conference going on in our offices. Later we had crash barriers outside,  but all I saw were three counter protesters with a dog and a handful of journalists. Apparently three protesters did turn up, but were greeted with apathy. The Westboro people seem to feed off counter demonstrations, but being dour Edinburghers we can’t really be bothered with that sort of thing. The Starbucks across the road was busier than the demonstration and nobody over there had even noticed it was taking place.

I badgered Gordon into taking a piccie, which you can view here, and it does look like a rather sad and pathetic affair, which is good news.

My Twitter conversation with Gordon was picked up by the infamous Margie Phelps and she Tweeted:


So there you go. Getting Tweeted by a Phelps is my newest claim to fame and sits alongside my one other claim to fame, which involved bumping into a cast member of  Eastenders in a pub.

What an exciting life I lead……


5 Responses to “Gordon gets picketed by Westboro Baptist Church in Scotland!”

  1. Tim Says:

    Some people have all the luck.

  2. Simian Says:

    Wow! Your post caused me to take a look at the WBC website and Wkipedia entry. I thought I had seen it all when it comes to exploiting religion to further outrageous misanthropy, but this tops the lot! What an obscene and disgusting organisation.
    I feel an overwehelming desire to try to explain to them just how bizarre and wrong is their position, but the realist in me tells me I’d be wasting my time. How deeply disturbing. This really is the unacceptable face of religion! There must surely be something we can do to help these people to understand the error of their ways, and the deep hurt they intentionally to cause to many their fellow humans, but what?

  3. Tim Says:

    Simian, the suggestion I would make would not meet with your approval, lol.

  4. Brandt Hardin Says:

    What are Fred Phelps and the WBC afraid of anyhow? Rainbows? Unicorns? A flaming pink queer apocalypse? I attempted to address this with a portrait of the good reverend on my artist’s blog at http://dregstudiosart.blogspot.com/2011/03/fred-phelps-and-westboro-baptist-church.html Drop in and let me know what you think!

  5. Homo Erectus Says:

    After watching Louis Theroux’s two documentaries on the Phelps family, I had a sneaking suspicion that the head of the family and origin of its bile — Fred Phelps — might actually be gay. Googling “Fred Phelps gay” showed me that I was by no means alone. My favourite, almost Pythonesque, rebuttal is on the christwire.org site.

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