It has come to my attention that the WBC will not show up at all. Our government officials have placed laws to ban any form of protesting. Which is great news in the case that we can all allow the families to mourn in peace. I still fully encourage spam-reporting their social media accounts. They may have the right to free speech, but that does not mean everyone else should tolerate ignorant hate.
No doubt most of you have heard about the tragic shooting that occurred in Lafayette, Louisiana last Thursday night. In case you missed it: two victims dead, whereas seven were hospitalized. A third death was that of the shooter, who took his own life rather than get caught. It was presumed that he planned to make an escape, but I'm sure he did not count on nearly every movie-goer in the room to charge at him. For whatever his motives were or how damaged his psyche was, I could not give a good god damn. I will not even mention his name, because he revoked that right for the senseless act he committed. Instead, let's focus on what occurred the day after.
Like most unfortunate events in this country, a public shooting has garnered the attention of almost every news media outlet from all over. And the infamous Westboro Baptist Church had announced their intent to protest the funerals of Mayci Breaux and Jillian Johnson, the two young women who died. Naturally, nearly all of south Louisiana (+15k to be specific) have banded together
with the intent to counter-protest peacefully while showing support for the families. Provided we are given permission, of course. And I would not see it as a waste of effort if they say no. Just knowing that so many of us are willing to do this is enough to speak louder than any of WBC's hate messages.
With that in mind, I have a suggestion for everyone reading this: Report every social media account that belongs to the WBC. From Facebook to Twitter to Vine; everything. It may seem pointless, but my thinking is that if their accounts are bombarded with enough claims of harassment and spam, it will become more work on their part (or the website mods) to manage them all. Or be forced to create new accounts. The thirty seconds it takes to inconvenient them could prove to be for the good of all.
At the time of writing this, they posted a video to Vine which goal is to provoke us. As if I would bother to watch it, in spite of me even mentioning it at all.